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2015 Launch Pad
By Tom Landers | Published  01/19/2015 | New on the Tee | Unrated
2014 Launch Pad
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2014 LaunchPad

Nike Vapor Speed Driver
Nike’s Vapor Speed driver has the largest and most stable chassis of the new Vapor drivers. Black on the crown with the distinctive volt in the cavity back and Compression Channel, the Vapor Speed driver promotes a higher launch angle with lower spin.

 Nike has reengineered the chassis of the Vapor Speed by sloping the crown more from face to the back and creating a deeper face. This moves the center of gravity projection toward the center of the face and significantly reduces spin to launch ratio versus the Covert 2.0 

 Like the recently released Vapor Pro driver, the Vapor Speed driver blends three key technologies: Nike’s new FlyBeam-reinforced Covert Cavity Back design, a reengineered Compression Channel and FlexLoft 2. All of these are vital to maximize distance and consistency within a golfer’s desired flight window. 

The new Compression Channel enhances the trampoline effect observed on the NexCOR face with a springboard design that accentuates ball speed on hits struck across the entire face. The end result is better sound, feel, consistency and distance.

 FlexLoft 2 allows the golfer the functionality of five lofts and three face angles within 15 different settings. The new, improved system is five grams (30 percent) lighter without compromising function. The redistribution of mass creates more stability, better launch conditions and faster swing speeds. Another benefit of FlexLoft 2 is its forward and backward compatibility. Golfers with previous generations of Covert can use shafts with the original adaptor in the new head or vice versa.

TaylorMade AeroBurner Driver

The AeroBurner boasts features significant aerodynamic upgrades to help you generate faster clubhead speeds off the tee. During the swing, airflow attaches to a fin-like piece along the hosel while the rounded toe design and curvature of the crown reduces overall drag. Contributing to increased clubhead speed is the club’s overall weight which is below 300 grams.
Testing conducted by TaylorMade shows that players swing the AeroBurner 1 mph faster than the JetSpeed and SLDR drivers. The updated “speed pocket” extends the length of the sole, which increases face flexibility on shots struck low on the face and in the heel or toe, and expands the club’s sweetspot by 10 percent compared to the JetSpeed driver.
The 460cc AeroBurner has a fixed hosel. According to company officials, an adjustable loft sleeve in the sole would’ve negatively affected the speed pocket’s performance. Lofts: 9.5°, 10.5°, 12° or HL (17°). $299; $369 with TP shafts

TaylorMade R15 Driver
he R15 driver features breakthrough adjustability and a lower and more forward center of gravity location.

With its new Front Track system in R15, adjusting a TaylorMade driver has never been quicker or easier: Inside the track system are two sliding split weights that weigh 12.5 grams each. The R15 club head has 5g more discretionary mass to maneuver yet is 4g lighter than the popular SLDR. Using the provided torque wrench, the golfer can loosen and slide the weights to the heel for a draw, to the toe for a fade or split for maximum stability. 

Additionally, R15 incorporates the company’s most adjustable loft-sleeve, giving golfers the ability to alter their face angle, lie angle and loft preference to affect side-to-side trajectory. A simple rotation of the loft-sleeve system allows you to choose from 12 distinct settings that makes incremental changes in the lie and the loft/face angle.

Together, the sliding split weights and loft-sleeve enable golfers to adjust their R15 driver with extreme precision.

Key to the performance of the R15 is the low and forward center of gravity through a strategic placement of weight first seen in SLDR which promotes faster ball speed with less spin. The R15 has an even lower and more forward CG thanks to the Front Track system, which is 12mm closer to the leading edge with 40 more grams of weight forward. In total, 75% of the mass is in the front of the driver. 

Low forward CG in combination with the more forward track and redesigned sliding weights in the R15 helps to reduce spin by about 100 to 200rpm and increase launch by 0.5 to 1.0deg compared to the SLDR 460. 

The larger, 460cc version of R15 is for the player seeking maximum forgiveness and confidence on the tee, while the R15 430 has a shape that strongly resembles some of the most coveted drivers from the company’s past. The address size is noticeably smaller to appeal to players who prefer a smaller address view. The R15 430 is also the lowest spinning driver offering.

The R15’s crown comes in a satin white finish, with a contrasting black PVD face and sole. The strong contrast between the crown and face make it easy to align the face accurately at address. A gloss black version will be offered exclusively in R15 460. 

The R15 460 loft options are 9.5°, 10.5°, 12° and 14° and is equipped with Fujikura’s Speeder 57 Evolution shaft. 

The R15 430 loft options are 9.5°, 10.5°, and 12° and is equipped with Fujikura’s Speeder 67 Evolution shaft. 

A R15 Tour Preferred version will feature a Speeder Evolution 661 Tour Spec. 

The R15 drivers will be available in X, S, R and M flexes.

Callaway Chrome Soft
Callaway Golf’s new Chrome Soft delivers the best of everything… that is if you like low spin off the driver, soft feel with the irons and wedges and exceptional greenside spin. The all new Chrome soft combines Callaway’s new proprietary SoftFast Core with low compression and a Tour Urethane cover. This leads to low spin off the tee for incredible ball speed and distance, a low 65 compression to compress the ball on iron shots for incredibly soft feel, and excellent control for aggressive shots into the green. With Chrome Soft, golfers no longer have to choose between great feel and hitting the ball farther.