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First Look Review: FootJoy 2019 Fury Spiked Golf Shoes

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Introduction

The FJ Fury golf shoe is truly an amalgamation of sheer comfort and performance. Thorough use of latest technologies and materials has made this shoe highly stable as well as agile.

Looks

d263ad_d1e74581c54c44f5a0b4d83cf79c6e65-mv2Bold looking shoes are evergreen in golf and this shoe is no less. With a combination of – mesh materials in the toe, smooth leather uppers and the silver flexgrid MLC cage covering the midfoot, this shoe is a looker. Adding the colors to it, blues, whites and greens, the shoe actually looks like a designer sports shoe.

Globally, The FJ Fury is available in four colors: navy/white, white/grey, black, and charcoal.  The FJ Fury BOA is available in white/grey/navy.  Though the base colors are all traditional, FootJoy has added bold outlines onto each one – lime in the navy and charcoal, red in the white and black.

Comfort

FJ_51103_04The FJ Fury is a very strong structured shoe which times which wont give in easily. It will look and feel new for quite a long time due to its shell staying pretty intact and solid for a while. Even though the shell doesn’t lose its shape, the shoe is pretty soft and comfortable from inside.

The shoe is very open on the toe side with a lot of cushioning around ankle. The heel is a bit narrow, which is good as its holds the foot in place during play.

Performance

The Traditional replaceable cleats give these shoes amazing traction and grip. The grippy sole along with a perfectly sized cage in the upper, make sure, theres no room for your foot to slide around. The sole isn’t as hard as other spiked shoes in the market and is fairly flexible resulting in more comfort.FJ_51103_06

Conclusion

The FootJoy Fury is one of the most comfortable shoes in present market. With a supercomfy footbed, waterproofing and superb traction, theres nothing more to ask!

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FIRST LOOK REVIEW: FootJoy Pro/SL Golf Shoes

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FootJoy is well known for its innovation in footwear designs & comfort. Years of experience, latest technology and the vision to give the best comfort & style is the reason for success of FootJoy.

reviewcomparetongueThe DryJoys, one of the casual shoe from FootJoy was equipped with spikeless versatility with amazing golfing performance. The shoe received more appreciation from Tour players & amateurs than the expectations of FootJoy.

The most important thing is, FootJoy has worked really hard to improve the stability of Pro/SL to support the ankle & rear of the foot.

This stability comes from the innovations in leather material in upper and the X Shaped leather straps beside ankles on each side of the shoe.

The tongue area of Pro SL is a wider U shape than its predecessors but they are as comfortable as DryJoys when the broad laces are tied up.

There is one unique set of laces with the shoes and are designed to match with the base colors of all the four styles.

FootJoy has used  laser plus last in Pro SL Model and it has a little more contouring in the sole than their standard Laser last.reviewsoleswing

Fortjoy’s technical team has worked hard to add the feature of removable insole & the insoles are very comfortable in terms of cushioning.

reviewrainThe shoes come with one year waterproof guarantee. To achieve water proofing in these shoes FootJoy has used Pittards’ Chrome skin leather in Pro SL. These shoes will keep your feet dry & comfortable.

FootJoy team aimed at comfort and stability while designing the shoes. To achieve this FootJoy has added Dual Durometer design in the sole.

FTF form is used in the shoes which is 10% lighter than the traditional EVA form and the comfort is provided by the upper blue version. FTF also adds stability to the shoes.

To provide lateral support to the shoe, the white layer is designed into a shape that slightly extends beyond the edges. The colored TPU traction unit contains mini spikes that makes Pro SL different from other spikeless shoes.reviewsolestance

The other thing which makes it different from other models is, that it provides amazing comfort and can be used on all the surfaces, especially the firm courses whereas other spikeless shoes are not that comfortable in grass as much. It maintains the grip on the ground but doesn’t create mess because of damped grass.

At last, I want to tell you that if you are looking for a shoe with amazing comfort, style, stability, comfortable on firm courses, water proofing and the trust of FootJoy, then FootJoy Pro SL is an amazing option for you.

When you will try it you will automatically feel all the above mentioned features. You will feel the spikeless comfort, grip & versatility.

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FIRST LOOK REVIEW: 2018 Titleist AVX Golf Balls

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The Golf Balls manufacturers are really working hard in getting the balls softer & softer in their updated models. Such an advancement has been introduced AVX Golf Balls by Titleist.

Titleist, after having done a lot of research in the market through its distributors, through customer interviews and feedbacks collected directly from the users, has worked on a new design to deliver a greater distance by reducing the ball’s spin & released Titleist AVX Ball.

AVX name was given by the internal product development team which eventually became the name of the upcoming product & is an abbreviation of ‘Alernative to Pro V1 or Pro V1x’.

Titliest’s Research & Development team has launched the product with an edge shift in design & technology by improving the formulation with the same ingredients. The ball is still a three piece ball & using the similar urethane cover to Pro V1 called GRN41.

The shift in dimple design with 352 dimples uses a caternary design instead of the traditional spherical one as in the previous models. In simple language, its latest design results in a lower flight because of its sharper sides and flatter center section.

Titleist has also taken care of the visibility of this premium ball by launching it in Yellow colour.

AVX also has a characteristic of low spin due to its design, thus achieving more distance. In general, less spin is good for distance but bad for control on landing.

Titleist also claim that in their upgraded model AVX, the urethane cover enhances the experience of short game with a tour performance to give golfer the control which otherwise might be lost with a ball having low spin.

To test all these characterstics, we tested them on the range with Trackman to see the differences between the AVX and Pro V1 and also whether the AVX will suit the game.

We started off with wedge test where we hit all the three balls with a 50 yard target. All the three balls, the pro v1, pro v1x & the avx were almost identical for spin & carry. There was a difference of 200rpm, but that is not even noticeable for tour players.

The differences become more noticeable with 7-Iron. According to the trackman numbers, the AVX spun 1300 rpm less than a Pro V1 and 1700 rpm less than a Pro V1x which are significant numbers.

As a result the AVX was 7-12 Yards distant with a lower ball speed, which may be was due to variations in strike, so if the ball speed was the same, then it could cover more distance.

The lower landing angle is reduced to 3° because of low spin which won’t let the ball stop quickly unless it is already hit higher than the average.

Now, let’s talk about the performance with the driver. With Driver, AVX resulted in 250-300 rpm less with lower flight which enhanced the distance.

These were the results we got for our team with our equipment, that may not be applicable for everyone.

The review is written to clarify the difference between AVX and Pro V1 as both have a similar price and, as the name suggests it is an alternative for those who hit the ball high & produce too much spin.

Thus, added advancements in AVX has made it better than its predecessors. The balls are equipped with experience of Pro V1 & Pro V1x with piercing low ball flight. These all are my views regarding the AVX, what do you think about them, let us know in comments!

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FIRST LOOK REVIEW: 2018 FootJoy ARC SL Spikeless Golf Shoes

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FootJoy known for its high performance golf footwear which are rich in comfort & style has now released a shoe with a unique feature, it can be worn to and from the course as well as on it. FootJoy has focused on comfort in a spikeless shoe at a great price.

The looks of the shoe are fairly conservative with the options of an all white, all black or white with navy.

The company has taken care of stability & comfort by using the technology “Advanced Responsive Cushioning” midsole abbreviated as ARC which creates a reasonably rigid sole unit.

The duratrex molded TPU outsole provides amazing grip to the shoe & also increases the comfort.FJ18Mens_ARCSL_59705_SOLE

These shoes are similar to their predecessors such as Pro S/L in terms of comfort & style. FootJoy says that all the previous experience they have had in shoes segment has lead them to their latest model, The ARC SL. In their previous model, The Pro S/L, customers experienced that the grips of the shoe would last at most, only a single season. But with this updated technology, it is expected that ARC SL grips will last a much longer time.

On the course, the experience of walking in these shoes is quite comfortable & the grip perfectly suits this type of sole. It was comfortable even on a damp, soft parkland & it hardly picked up any grass.

The upper leather is designed to give it a one year waterproof guarantee & it does the job quite well. It kept the elements away from the shoe & enhanced the comfort during the walk.

The upper leather feels very plush. To add the feature of waterproofness, FootJoy has provided a membrane lining inside the leather, rather the leather itself being treated to make it waterproof as their other models. Hence, there is a dual barrier, making sure that water stays out of the shoe.

This model can be compared with their premium model DNA helix collar because the combination of padding with high heels provides the same comfort & style in both the models

Apart from its amazing technical specifications, FootJoy has tried their best to maximize the comfort in a waterproof shoe at a great price point.

The FootJoy team has really worked hard to balance the comfort, style & quality at a lower price point without too many sacrifices.

So, if you are looking for a shoe which can deliver amazing comfort, can be wearable to and from the course, waterproof, leather, spikeless & last but not the least at a great price then the FootJoy ARC SL is a great deal.

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FIRST LOOK REVIEW: 2018 Adidas Adipower Bounce Spiked Golf Shoes

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F33782_04_standardA modern golf shoe with a clean look at address, the Adidas Adipower Bounce provides a secure fit, amazing traction and directed flexibility throughout the swing.

Introduction

It was about a year ago that Adidas sold off TaylorMade and left some folks wondering if that signaled a complete exit from golf.  Based on the stable of Adidas Golf professionals competing in every professional golf tournament around the world, that’s clearly not the case.  In fact, Adidas had the largest and most impressive booth in the apparel section at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show.

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The Adidas Adipower Bounce is a wonderful blend of classic and modern looks.  Looking down at your toes, the shoe has a clean, rounded appearance reminiscent of a classic leather golf shoe.  From the side, the exposed Bounce sole makes the shoe look sporty.

The sole is minimalistic with 6 cleats on a fortified plastic base.

Comfort

Being able to get a firm grip on the large tongue made slipping the Adidas Adipower Bounce very simple.  Instantly it had the feel of a fine leather shoe that’s snug and ready to conform to your foot.

There’s moderate padding around the ankle with a slightly higher cut.  Midfoot, the sung nylon laces offer plenty of adjustment to comfortably lock in the fit.  The toe box has some wiggle room with spot on sizing.

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Look no further than the power DJ generates if you’re wondering about the Adidas Adipower Bounce’s on course performance.  What I appreciated was being able to leverage a steady base on my backswing, then having some flexibility in the shoe while transitioning through impact.

Traction is as good as it gets.  It’s nice to have your feet feel secure no matter what ground conditions or body positions you find yourself in.  I ran into a brief shower during my first round of testing and the rain beaded up on the leather.

Conclusion

It’s amazing to learn what can happen when designers blend advanced materials with good old premium leather.  The Adidas Adipower Bounce may be built for performance, but it also comes with a look that should appeal to most golfers.  Give your feet a chance to mingle with the leather before heading out for a long golf weekend.  After that, make sure to bring your A game – these shoes deserve your best.

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ECCO Cool Pro Golf Shoes Revealed

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ECCO Cool Pro Shoes Revealed – For excellent grip and comfort with Gore-Tex breathability and waterproof protection

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Leading European footwear brand, ECCO Golf, has introduced its latest creation in the ECCO Cool Pro, which combines several of the company’s flagship technologies.

This includes combining the SPYDR-GRIP outsole, which debuted on the ECCO Cage Pro, with the pioneering Gore-Tex Surround first introduced on the original ECCO Cool, this new design represents the ultimate combination of form and function.

The Gore-Tex Surround membrane upper facilitates an advanced air channeling system within a grid-shaped sole structure, providing 360° breathability without compromising on waterproof protection.

This combination of grip, waterproofing and breathability innovations provides walking comfort, stability in all conditions and exceptional protection from the elements.

ECCO’s Freedom Fit design mixes a snug heel setting with a roomier forefoot area that allows toes to move naturally.

A perforated, performance ECCO Dritton leather upper that provides breathable and durable properties while a washable, removable inlay sole offers the option of extra width

As is the case with all of the golf shoes in ECCO GOLF’s Spring/Summer 2018 Collection, ECCO COOL PRO is crafted at company-owned factories that utilise FLUIDFORM technology to bond the upper and outsole unit, creating a one-piece shoe without the use of glue or stitching. Benefits include flexibility, durability and a lightweight construction.

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NEW EQUIPMENT: TaylorMade 2017 Spider Tour Putter

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Jason Day and Dustin Johnson finished the 2015-16 PGA Tour season ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the world, and they used the same model putter, a TaylorMade Spider Tour. The mid-sized mallets used by the Australian and the American were based on TaylorMade putters that had been available to the public, but they were slightly different than retail models.

TaylorMade introduced the exact Spider Tour used by Day and Johnson, in retail since 2017.

There are two technologies at the heart of the Spider Tour putters: a multi-material frame and a unique face insert.

“Creating a putter that is more stable for certain strokes is key,” said Bill Price, TaylorMade’s director of development for putters and wedges. “Golfers often buy putters based on looks. ‘I like that look,’ they’ll say. But does that putter fit them? Maybe, maybe not. But today, there are also putters that are all about performance. This is one of those putters, and the performance putter category is growing.”

The 355-gram head incorporates a high-density stainless steel frame wrapped around a lightweight aluminum core. This design pushes more of the overall weight to the perimeter and greatly enhances stability, especially on off-center hits, according to TaylorMade. As a result, the sweet spot of the Spider Tour expands and should help players improve distance control.

TaylorMade previously released putters with a True Roll face insert, but it has been updated. The insert itself is trapezoid-shaped and is made from aluminum with thermoplastic urethane (TPU). The grooves point downward at a 45-degree angle and help the putter grab the ball at impact to get it rolling more quickly instead of hopping or skidding.

TaylorMade said it’s the combination of increased stability with a quicker roll that will help players get more consistent results.

Golfers will notice that both the red and the black versions of the Spider Tour putters feature a round crown devoid of alignment lines.

“If you talk to Jason Day, he’ll tell you that he does not use a sight line because it is one less thing for him to concentrate on,” Price said. “He’s very methodical, but we think there is something to it because when Dustin Johnson switched to this putter (at the Barclays Championship), he went without an alignment line, too. It frees up their minds, so they don’t have to line up the ball and the alignment line.”

Aside from the color, the only other distinction between the Spider Tour Red and Black is the crimson’s insert is made using Surlyn and is softer. Price said Day likes its muted sound and softer feel.

The Spider Tour Red and Black both will cost nearly Rs.19990/- and come in 34-inches model.

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Guide to choosing the right equipment for Juniors

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The following article has been written with an aim to help junior golfers choose the right equipment when they are just getting into the game of golf.

For a normal everyday golfer and including tournament golf professionals the maximum golf clubs you can have in your golf bag is 14 clubs, there is no need for a junior to lug a full set of golf clubs around the golf course, we want to make it enjoyable for them and don’t want to scare them off whilst they are just setting out do we.

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Ideally a junior should just start off with a Driver, a hybrid golf club of some shape or form just to enable them to get the golf ball airborne, a 7 and 8 iron, a wedge plus a putter would be an ideal number of clubs for a junior golfer to start off in the game, as they progress and improve then you can always add additional clubs to their sets of Club.

When I get asked what are the best clubs for juniors to get them into the game, I always point them in the direction of either a set of U S Kids Golf half and full sets or alternatively get them using a 2nd hand ladies club which is nice and light for their age and also enables them to try out the clubs also on the driving range – but the main thing I drum into parents is that they need to buy very light clubs for kids under 10 until they develop stronger muscles enabling them to swing a heavier golf club.

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When should parents consider getting their kids professionally custom fitted for golf clubs?

They say that until the child reaches approx. 60 inches or 5 feet in height then it would be a waste of money because they change so rapidly below that height, so just stick with stock standard off the shelf kids golf clubs until they start showing some real talent and steady growth in body size.

What type of golf ball should a junior use?

Unless your child swings the golf club faster than 80 miles per hour, so go for a golf ball that compresses at slow swing speeds, the reason professional and good amateur golfers hit the golf ball so far and straight is that they are using a golf ball that compresses perfectly to their swing speed – if your child wants distance then go with say a Dunlop DDH golf ball or if your child is a dab hand around the green and loves the short game go for something like a Srixon Tour Special golf ball, great feel around the green and a nice ball to putt with – but there are many options to choose from and these are just a couple of suggestions.

In closing, don’t get drawn into making the mistake of getting sets of expensive golf clubs at too young an age because the child will grow, change, develop and mature so quickly in their younger years that you will be forever changing their golf clubs to suit – so go the kids ideal starter set option until they are ready for the next level.

I hope that this article about Junior Golf was of use and if you have any questions regarding this article please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below, I will be glad to respond to any comments left.

Happy Golfing as Always.

FIRST LOOK REVIEW: Cleveland RTX-3 Wedges

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Cleveland’s 588 range of wedges started in 1988 and were the fifth model they created, hence the name. Since then they have sold over 10 million of them culminating in the Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 wedge that has now been superseded by the Cleveland RTX-3.

Introduction

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Wedges are not clubs that make you think “technology.”  We expect new materials and visible technology in our drivers and even our irons, but we expect new wedges to give us little more than a new finish or sole grind.  Cleveland’s new RTX-3 wedges buck that expectation with meaningful improvements to the face, sole, and center of gravity.

Looks

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The Cleveland RTX-3 wedges come in a variety of flavors: Blade, Cavity Back, and Women’s Cavity Back.  However, only Blade, Cavity Back are available in India. Also, the RTX-3 blade has three different finishes that you can see here: Tour Satin, Black Satin, and Tour Raw.  The Black Satin, Cleveland’s most popular finish, has been made more durable than ever.

The difference between the RTX-3 Blade and the RTX-3 Cavity Back is small but noticeable.  On its own, the CB isn’t an oversized wedge, but next to the Blade, it’s just a little bigger in every dimension.

Overall, the Cleveland RTX-3 is a very solid-looking wedge that will please most golfer.  The leading edge is a bit rounded, the head has a slight teardrop shape, and the toe is neither too square nor too bulbous.

Sound & Feel

Using a quality ball, the Cleveland RTX-3 wedge produces a satisfying, soft “tock” when you hit the sweet spot.  The feedback is very good as the sound gets louder when you move off center.

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Feel is key to one of the RTX-3’s major upgrades – Feel Balancing Technology.  In short, Cleveland has moved the sweet spot of the wedge closer to the center of the face.  You may not be aware of this, but some major OEM wedges have a sweet spot that is as much as 10 mm closer to the heel!  For players that suffer from the occasional hosel rocket, this change is hugely important because you’ll no longer be playing a wedge that rewards you for flirting with disaster.

Performance

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In addition to Feel Balancing Technology, the RTX-3 has new V-Sole Grinds.  As with past Cleveland wedges, there are three sole options: One Dot for low bounce, Two Dots for medium bounce, and Three Dots for high bounce.  Having tested all three, I can speak to the importance of getting fit for the right grind.  When your wedge matches your swing and the turf conditions, you get better results from both good and bad shots.  Good results beget more confidence which begets more good results.

Finally, Cleveland has given the RTX-3 wedges a new Rotex Face.  The grooves are deeper and narrower with a sharper edge radius.  What does that mean for you?  More, and more consistent, spin.

You can evaluate all of Cleveland’s testing data about the new RTX-3 wedges here.

Conclusion

Overall the RTX-3 is a significant improvement on the 588 RTX 2.0 and it sounds and feels better and the benefits of the CG placement should result in an increase in accuracy. It is probably the start of things to come from Cleveland as more resources go into wedges now that they have stopped making irons and woods.

The most popular model among them i.e. The Cleveland RTX 3 CB VMG (Mid Bounce) wedges are available online @Golfoy.com. Click Here to Browse.

 

FIRST LOOK: 2017 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x Golf Balls

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In the past few years, when Titleist has introduced new models of its Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls it was the latter that seemed to get most of the attention. For the 2017 models, however, there appears to have been a focus on truly updating the Pro V1 golf ball.

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Formally introduced at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, the new 2017 Pro V1 boasts a reformulated core designed to produce lower spin off the long clubs for enhanced distance and ball speed, while maintaining a soft feel. Helping produce the desired flight is a new spherically tiled 352 tetrahedral dimple design designed to yield a penetrating trajectory with even more consistent flight.

The four-piece Pro V1x, which Jordan Spieth used to win the Australian Open, also received an update to its dimple design with a spherically tiled 328 tetrahedral dimple design with a new dimple placement that delivers a higher, more consistent flight.

The changes to the three-piece Pro V1, driven by tour-player feedback, should help eliminate the perception that the Pro V1 is a “spinnier” and therefore shorter ball. The company’s tour validation process has the company believing that more players this year will be using the Pro V1 than in recent years. Brandon Stone used the ball during his victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on the European Tour late last year.

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“I think the remarkable thing with the new Pro V1 is how far it goes now,” Adam Scott told Titleist. “I’m hitting it longer than I ever have but I also have that soft feel like when I grew up playing a balata golf ball—it’s incredibly soft.” Although the changes might appear to be modest, not to be overlooked is the fact that every ball is manufactured at the company’s ball plant in Acushnet, Mass., with considerable investment in quality control to ensure consistency from ball to ball.

The company’s testing and validation process resulted in more than 80,000 golfers of various skill levels testing numerous prototypes, including six different double-blind prototype tests during the summer and fall of 2015 that were instrumental in determining the final 2017 designs.