September 22, 2014
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Rory McIlroy had the Nike's new Vapor Pro driver on the range at Gleneagles. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Equipment changes rarely happen the week of the Ryder Cup, but one player in particular is at least entertaining the idea of putting a new club in play.
Rory McIlroy was spotted on the driving range at Gleneagles, site of the this week's testing Nike's new Vapor Pro driver that debuted on the USGA's list of conforming driver heads on Monday morning.
Along with Vapor Pro, Nike also added Vapor Speed -- two different versions and a left-handed model -- to the USGA's list. Expected to be available at retail in 2015, the Vapor Pro and Vapor Speed feature a new look and a few design difference from Nike's most recent driver offerings, VR_S Covert and VRS Covert 2.0.
Gone is the eye-catching red crown that was a staple of the Covert line; it will be replaced by a more traditional black crown that was last seen on Nike's VR line.
While Vapor has a cavity-back design in the sole (similar to Covert and Cover 2.0) it appears the company is reintroducing the compression channel to the sole -- a technology that was last seen in the VR driver.
The compression channel extends the entire length of the sole and wraps around the back portion of the head. If the channel technology is similar to what was last seen on the VR driver, it would help increase balls speeds and forgiveness across the entire face.
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