Singapore: FootJoy is introducing a new performance spikeless shoe called Pro/SL.
Currently one of the most popular shoes on the worldwide professional Tours, Pro/SL combines a soft, comfortable, waterproof upper with a midsole/outsole unit that features three distinct layers for underfoot comfort, ultimate perimeter stability, and performance spikeless traction.
What gives the Pro/SL a unique blend of comfort and spikeless Tour-calibre performance is a proprietary polymer outsole material called Fine-Tuned Foam (FTF). FTF is 10% lighter than conventional EVA foams providing enhanced cushioning and shock absorption for added comfort.
FTF is the key material in a three-layered component that features unique characteristics and benefits within each layer:
- The top layer of FTF, which cradles the foot, is a softer durometer to provide the golfer with all day comfort.
- The lower/outer portion of FTF is firmer and delivers perimeter stability around the foot for maximum support throughout the swing.
- Finally, TPU traction elements are strategically placed within the FTF outsole material to provide the golfer with enhanced traction, lateral stability and more points of contact with the ground.
These layers are fused together to deliver maximum comfort and create the most performance-driven spikeless midsole/outsole component offered from FootJoy.
“FTF is a material that took years to develop, and even longer to determine what shoe construction could truly unlock the benefits of the material,” said Doug Robinson, Vice President of Golf Footwear Worldwide for FootJoy, part of the Achushnet company, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“This Pro/SL category utilises two densities of FTF within the outsole construction and is married with an upper that features multi-material construction for a perfect balance of comfort and performance,” he added.
Many players on Tour have chosen to wear Pro/SL. Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Kevin Na, Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, Bernd Wiesberger, Lee Westwood and around 50 other players on the PGA and European Tours have opted for the comfort and spikeless performance of Pro/SL.
“I tested Pro/SL initially in the very dry, hard conditions of Chambers Bay then in the soft, wet conditions at St Andrews and the traction was fantastic on both surfaces,” said Scott. “I also felt like my feet had more surface contact with the ground and for a longer time during my swing, so competing in this shoe is a no-brainer.”
Timothy Yoong, FJ Regional Brand Manager, said: “The ultimate balance between lightweight benefit, outstanding traction performance and superior in-shoe comfort … this is what the Pro SL is all about.
“It’s easy to understand why so many of the best players in the world have chosen to wear the Pro SL as they compete at the highest level of the game. Great performance features matched with an equally great looking upper design.”