Connect with us

Apparel Reviews

Review: Nike TW ’14 Golf Shoes

Published

on

Pros: The shoes’ namesake is well-known for playing a significant part in product development, so when you put these shoes on, you know you’re wearing shoes approved by the best golfer in the world. Also, the customizability is so comprehensive that if your shoes are ugly, it’s your fault.

Cons: Tiger Woods didn’t compel Nike to use real leather, so that aspect of these shoes may not please the purist. The sole is a little on the soft side, which might give some reservations about support.

Bottom Line: The Nike TW ‘14s are comfortable, waterproof, effective and very stylish. They can be worn with equal confidence on bone-dry and muddy golf days. 

Overview

A shoe named after Tiger Woods is bound to be good, right?

Indeed, the Nike TW ’14 shoe is very good: well-made, attractive, comfortable and durable. It is also very clearly a shoe for the 21st century, with the Nike iD program offering an enormous range of color combinations for all sorts of parts of the shoe. If you want a traditional look—black, white and grey, say—you’ve got it. If you want bright, clashing colors that mimic your favorite pair of Loudmouth Golf pants, you’ve got it. The custom-designed TWs are $225.

2Y9G4776

The retail version of the TW ’14 shoes are available in three different colorways and sell for about $180. Click here to see photos of the different colorways. 

The last shoe I reviewed took a few weeks to arrive. So did my pair of Nike TW ‘14s. Not that I minded—I availed myself of the Nike iD feature and put together the first pair of golf shoes I’ve ever owned that have had a non-traditional color scheme. I opted for a blue, orange and white scheme in honor of my beloved New York Mets. I was even able to have the word “GENERALS” (a nod to my alma mater, Washington and Lee University) emblazoned in blue on the inside of the tongues. Nike said the shoes would arrive in 30-36 business days and, to their credit, they beat that prediction by a solid week.

Aside from the color customizability, the Flywire (anchoring the laces) is the noteworthy new feature of the Nike TW '14 shoe.

Through Nike iD, golfers have the choice between a waterproof and more breathable version of the TW ’14. Both sell for $225.

The TW ’14s demonstrate Nike’s own contribution to the evolution of the golf shoe from heavy and traditional to new, light and bold while striking a great balance between making a shoe breathable and making it waterproof. The chassis is similar to that of Nike’s well-regarded “Free” line of running shoes. In this way, Nike makes the statement that a golf shoe is an athletic shoe. Even though golfers do not tend to need to do any running, the action of the feet during the golf swing is an athletic one, and so the feet need plenty of support and stability, as well as golf-specific mobility.

Nike-TW-14-White-Flywire

More stability was added to the TW ’14 with Flywire, nylon fibers in the upper portion of the shoe that decrease weight and add stability. The Flywire technology moves with the foot, but also stabilizes it during the swing.

And these shoes offer that, thanks in large part to the main functional difference between the TW ‘14s and the TW ‘13s: Flywire. Whereas the laces of the TW ’13 were anchored by familiar, more or less fixed-in-place fabric tubes, each component of the Flywire has a little bit more potential for movement and flexion. The result is a more snug all-around fit that does not unduly stress the top of your foot if you want to tie your laces a bit tighter.

Once again, there was no “wearing-in” period with these shoes. I found them very comfortable from the first, so much so that one could easily wear them on the street (just don’t drag your feet or you’ll wear down the sole). Nike offers a choice of two sole styles: with traditional softspikes (pictured below) and without. I opted for the spikeless sole, which, like most companies’ modern golf shoe soles nowadays, offers every bit as much traction and grip as traditional spikes.

Nike-TW-14-White-Outsole

All in all, the Nike TW ’14 is a great everyday golf shoe for the golfer who is glad to embrace a more sporty aesthetic. With the big range of color options, from the bland to the brash, the player is free to make as much or as little of a statement as he prefers.

[wrx_buy_now oemlink=”http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/tw-14-golf-shoe/pid-745950/pgid-10332011″ oemtext=”Learn more from Nike” amazonlink=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CHSC6DW/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00CHSC6DW&linkCode=as2&tag=golfwrxcom-20&linkId=ZPN3RR3HEYPIR6TS”]

Your Reaction?
  • 9
  • LEGIT6
  • WOW2
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK0

Tim grew up outside of Hartford, Conn., playing most of his formative golf at Hop Meadow Country Club in the town of Simsbury. He played golf for four years at Washington & Lee University (Division-III) and now lives in Pawleys Island, S.C., and works in nearby Myrtle Beach in advertising. He's not too bad on Bermuda greens, for a Yankee. A lifelong golf addict, he cares about all facets of the game of golf, from equipment to course architecture to PGA Tour news to his own streaky short game.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Pingback: Tw 14 Golf Shoes - NSW Golf Club

  2. AK47

    Mar 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I have always had foot problems, and have gone from footjoy to adidas and now to Nike. These are hands down the best golf shoes I have worn. They look awesome and have crazy grip. I went with the whites, but now want to buy the blacks. The Id’s are just too expensive

  3. froneputt

    Mar 20, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Who says you need a lot of support?

    Heck, for all we know spiked shoes may be causing TIger’s back problems by not allowing any “give.”

    I see pros who practice in running shoes.

    Just sayin’

  4. KCCO

    Mar 20, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I own many TW’s but the ’13/14 is what I wear during every round. If I need something more classy I’ll go with one of my older styles, but u can’t beat the ability to build your on one off on NikeID.com. The comfort is a golf shoe you never say ” I can’t wait to get these off” they feel like a traditional sneaker.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Apparel Reviews

WRX Spotlight: Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa Golf Shoe

Published

on

The Product

The new Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa, available in North America now, selling for $250 at adidas.com (only available on Adidas’ website, this shoe will not be at retail).

The Pitch

From Adidas: “The adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa® is the epitome of performance golf footwear, designed to offer micro-adjustability in two separate zones. The first is the independent main dial with high strength Boa lace that when combined with the forged 360 wrap creates unparalleled power for your swing by locking the area between your midfoot and forefoot. The second provides micro-adjustability from the middle to bottom instep for a customized fit, feel, and support. The Boa Fit System activates both zones to deliver the ultimate in power, stability, and performance.”

Our take on Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa

BOA technology, a ratcheting cable system that replaces laces for securing the shoe, has been around for a while now. It was a radical departure when it first hit the market and traditionalists viewed it with some skepticism, but those who tried shoes using the system became hooked on the ease of use, secure feel, and reliability of the system. I have had to replace shoelaces, but I have never had a cable fail in a pair of shoes with Boa technology.

With the TOUR360 XT Twin Boa, Adidas has introduced the next step on Boa technology (pun intended). The shoe has a sleek, technology-forward look that is associated with Adidas products. It even looks good in the size 13 that I sport. The color selection is limited, to say the least. You can choose from white with green trim or white without green trim. But the star of the show is the Boa technology, which is implemented in two dials located on the outside of each shoe, replacing the one dial on previous iterations.

Each dial controls the fit for a different part of the shoe, and the ratcheting dial gives the wearer the most precise fit available. The real advantage over laces is that the Boa system stays secure longer and is easier to tighten than re-tying shoelaces. It’s so easy to reach down and give a couple of clicks that it became routine for me to check on each tee box to make sure I had a good fit before teeing off. Equally pleasing is the quick release on each dial that gets you out of your shoes at the end of a round without the terror of facing a wet double-knot.

The shoe is waterproof leather, and it is light and comfortable enough to walk 18 on hilly tracks. I personally would have preferred a slightly wider toe box, but that is nit-picking.

Overall, the Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa is a performance shoe that promises, fit, comfort and stability, and it delivers on all fronts. Not everyone has $250 to drop on a pair of golf shoes, but if you want the tech on your feet to match the tech in your bag, then the Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa is perfect for you.

Your Reaction?
  • 9
  • LEGIT2
  • WOW0
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP1
  • OB4
  • SHANK47

Continue Reading

Apparel Reviews

WRX Spotlight: Linksoul golf apparel

Published

on

Product: Linksoul golf apparel

Pitch: From Linksoul “Linksoul is more a philosophy than a brand. More of an experience than a clothing company. Linksoul is the collective life’s work of people who care about each other and enjoy collaborating. We believe in creating products we value, with the people we love, for the good of our families and our community. Our roots are in golf. We descend from a long line of golfers, craftsmen and artists. But now we fill our time with many interests, including surfing, skiing, hiking, yoga, travel, cooking, parenting, dog walking…We believe that these everyday practices teach us the most about ourselves.”

Our Take on Linksoul’s golf apparel

Linksoul, whose mantra is “Tempus Fugit” (Time Flies), primarily provides golf clothing made to be just as appropriate and comfortable to wear on the course as off of it. The company has a range of different types of polos, tee-shirts, shorts, and pants available, but it was a button-down shirt from the company which I was most intrigued to check out.

Right off the bat, the brand’s Anza Heathered Button-Down shirt impressed with its ultra-soft fabric. To complement that softness, the shirt is wonderfully light and boasts an excellent fit. The length of the shirt sleeves is ideal, so you won’t need to keep fidgeting before and after each shot, and the comfort and fit combined gives you that added flexibility in your swing. The collar fits naturally the moment you put the shirt on and marks the clear quality that went into its creation.

It seems many are on the fence about whether button-down shirts on the course are for them (I was one of those!), but my take now is that they are the ideal summer shirt on the course. In the heat, comfort has to be the number one priority, and the button-down structure gives you so much more air. With Linksoul’s Anza button-down you’ll experience maximum breathability.

Linksoul offers the shirt in six color codes (White, Black Heather, Tidepool Heather, Ink Heather, Dark Gray Heather, and Dawn Heather). For $80, considering the caliber of the shirt, the only gripe I could make is that there aren’t more exotic colors available!

The brand’s Boardwalker Shorts are another piece of apparel that I found to contain the perfect blend of comfort and quality, as well as looking great. The shorts contain a four-way stretch fabric which gives you a plethora of flexibility during your swing, while the weight of the shorts I also found to be on point. The shorts are lightweight but not so much as to take away from the durability and quality of the shorts.

 

There is plenty of mobility on offer with the Boardwalker Shorts, while I also enjoyed that the shorts are a classic style length and sit right at the knee.

You can choose from eight different color codes (Black, Chalk, Khaki, Dark Gray, True Black, Bronze, Navy, Army, and River), and the shorts retail at $76. With their no-fuss look, high quality, and a clear focus on comfort, Linksoul’s Boardwalker shorts offer everything you’d want in a pair of golf shorts.

For those that prefer to play solely in trousers, you’ll be glad to hear that the company provide the same product in a pant style—the BoardWalker Pant.

There’s a huge amount to like about the apparel Linksoul is offering up, and at prices which are extremely reasonable considering the quality provided. Their site Linksoul.com offers a multitude of polos, button-downs (in both short and long sleeve), shorts, pants, and tee-shirts. If high-quality adaptable golf apparel is your thing, then it’s a company well worth checking out.

 

Your Reaction?
  • 19
  • LEGIT4
  • WOW0
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK10

Continue Reading

Apparel Reviews

WRX Spotlight: Air Jordan ADG golf shoes

Published

on

Product: Air Jordan ADG golf shoes (available at Dick’s and Golf Galaxy). 

Pitch: Via Jordan: “Jump up the leaderboard in the Nike Men’s Air Jordan ADG Golf Shoes. Famed for its incredible comfort and lightweight feel, the ADG features a Zoom Air unit for responsive cushioning and an integrated lacing system for a secure, supportive fit. The Integrated Traction pattern offers you enhanced grip on every terrain and the signature Jumpman logos give you extra style on the course.”

Our take on Air Jordan ADG golf shoes

Confined to the feet of Keegan Bradley for years, the iconic sneaker brand seems to have proof of concept in the golf space, as evidenced by the growing roster of tour players (Pat Perez, Harold Varner III), and numerous retail offerings.

We got to test one of said retail offerings: the just-released spikeless Air Jordan ADG. Now, the Jordan style may not be for every golfer (can’t imagine them catching on in Tuesday morning senior leagues across the nation), but if you like the look of Js on the court or street, you’ll love the look of these. Indeed, you’ll probably love the look of all Jordan offerings for the fairway, as the company has done an excellent job of bringing its aesthetic to golf, rather than the opposite (if that makes sense…tacking the Jumpman logo on a pair of saddle shoes was never going to work).

So, appearance wise, the elephant print leather upper and other signature brand elements look great (and the translucent sole is an awesome touch). However, when it comes to golf shoes, particularly of the spikeless variety, we’re always concerned about stability during the swing (both in terms of contact with the ground and within the shoe internally) and appropriate support/comfort for the five-plus mile trek that is a round of golf.

On both of the aforementioned fronts, these shoes are superb. You can feel the comfort and support the instant your heel hits the Jumpan Golf logo on the insole, and the shoes do everything you’d ask a spikeless shoe to do on course. Highly recommended; we look forward to seeing what his Airness’ cordwainers come up with next.

A look at the white colorway, via Jordan, below. 

Your Reaction?
  • 39
  • LEGIT2
  • WOW1
  • LOL2
  • IDHT1
  • FLOP4
  • OB5
  • SHANK25

Continue Reading

WITB

Facebook

Trending