Tuesday, January 6, 2009

More On Golf Shoes

A few days ago I took a look at golf shoes (http://3jack.blogspot.com/2009/01/look-at-golf-shoes.html) and only received one response (from Nike) on why golf shoe companies are using the 7 cleat pattern instead of Hogan's 13 spike pattern. I decided to look around for golf shoes and see what I could also find.

Footjoy has some 11 spike and 9 spike patterns. However, nothing under the ball of the foot. This to me is the most important part and while no golf shoe today will have a spike under the ball of the foot, there platform (or sole of the shoe) needs to be designed for the golfer to get good traction under the ball of the foot. There really wasn't much traction under the ball of the foot for the Footjoy's, regardless if they were 11, 9 or 7 spike patterns. I'll probably stay away from those. Footjoy (and many other shoe companies) seems to be more concerned with waterproofing and comfort.

Ecco has some 11 spike patterns in their shoes, but it's only in the 'World Class' line and those go for $400+. Furthermore, there's absolutely no traction in the sole of the shoe as it's a classic shoe look, but with soft spikes.

I also looked at Nike's Air Zoom TW's (thanks again for the response, Ryan) and liked what I saw. I currently have some Callaway shoes and both the Callaways and Nike's have the 7 spike pattern, but there's quite a bit of traction in the sole of the shoe. I felt there's more traction in the Nike than the Callaway.

However, the shoe that I really liked was:


These are the Adidas 360 Tour 3.0. They go for about $180, have a ten spike pattern and lots of traction under the ball of the foot. They also have a similar Adidas 360 Tour Ltd. which goes for about $250.





3JACK

8 comments:

SEVAM1 said...

Thanks for the research. Quite enlightening how many manufacturers have lost the plot in the form/function/comfort relationship. I am going to be in Orlando at the end of the month looking very hard at shoe and sole designs. I will get in touch with you if I see anything exciting.

Rich H. said...

Ah, you're lucky. Orlando is far warmer than Atlanta, especially right now. Swing and ballstriking getting better and better due to your book.

Leigh said...

Wow!! Those golf shoes are looking just fantastic...

Steve said...

Very interesting post Rich, I've never put much thought into the spike arrangement of a golf shoe. Now I will.

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