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Nike releases three limited-edition Masters golf shoes

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Now is the time of the year when things start turning green in the golf world. Many golf courses across the Midwest and Northeast are finally shedding the remnants of the winter’s snow, and with Masters week only 11 days away the final rush of Augusta-inspired gear is hitting the shelves at golf retailers.

One of the most sought after Masters-inspired products for this year could be Nike’s limited-edition Lunar Control, Lunar Clayton and TW ’14 golf shoes.

“Last year we released a limited edition version of the TW’ 13, and it was a huge success,” says Lee Walker, Nike Golf Footwear Product Director. “For 2014, we wanted to expand that unique offering to include three of our most popular models – the TW’ 14, Lunar Control and Lunar Clayton – featuring an infusion of color in a trio of powerful yet understated designs.”

Understated is the key word. The limited-edition Lunar Control ($160), Lunar Clayton ($250) and TW ’14 ($180) pay homage to the season’s first major without going overboard, which is easy to do with Augusta green and yellow. While buyers will likely save the limited-edition shoes for special occasions, their white uppers and tasteful green accents make them a potential everyday option.

Nike athletes will be sporting the shoes at Augusta, but golfers who live in colder climates might want to keep them in the box until their courses dry up. Plenty of things look good with Augusta green, but mud stains are not one of them.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Dave Gebhardt

    Mar 31, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Look like poorly made Etonic running shoes from the ’80’s. Sorry but golf shoes are golf shoe and track shoes are track shoes. I have trouble with students all the time because “track” shoes have poor lateral and linear support. Maybe the reason Tiger’s back has become an issue.

    • marcus cunningham

      Apr 1, 2014 at 12:23 am

      Lol, seriously Dave? Nike is the leading producer of shoes in the world. I’m pretty sure they have a good idea as to how to put a quality shoe together. Tiger is highly specific as to what he wanted out of his shoe. And if you try them on, they fit like a glove and feel awesome. Nike shoes provide me with great stability compared to the Adidas that I tried. I’m not going to sit here and say that Nike’s quality is the best, compared to a FootJoy, for example, but my experience with Nike golf shoes has been very good.

      Is Kobe’s ankle injury a result of his shoes too?

  2. Rich

    Mar 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Just pulled the trigger on the Lunar Control. Will be my third pair of those shoes. Really enjoy them. Plus my knee’s don’t swell after walking 18 (tore acl three years ago.)which I can’t say about a lot of shoes.

    • Blair

      Mar 28, 2014 at 11:46 am

      I tore my ACL a few years back also and have been having trouble with swelling. Did you put an insert in the shoes or wear them out of the box? trying to find a shoe that helps with swelling after a round.

      • Jerret

        Mar 28, 2014 at 8:57 pm

        Gents, if you’re experiencing swelling with your ACL’s after golf, you aren’t doing enough IMO off the course to ensure that doesn’t happen. I have had 2 full reco’s on both knees over the last 5 years on mine, and have no issues at all with golf. At least once per week I knock out the rowing machine for 45 minutes and then the gym day consists of controlled squats, extension, hamstring curls, weighted hip swings, lunges, leg press and calf raises. I would highly recommend working on both and you won’t experience any swelling. Also club-head speed is 107-110mph with no issues stabilizing…

  3. HD

    Mar 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Disagree, the Claytons look like they belong in boogie nights. Pushing towards the Latin audience imo

    • Jack

      Mar 28, 2014 at 12:56 am

      Hahahaha wow, comments like these show you how ignorant our work really is.

      • Jack

        Mar 28, 2014 at 12:57 am

        World***

      • HD

        Mar 28, 2014 at 10:28 am

        Reading Jack’s comment as “I disagree with you and am outraged at your opinion!”

    • Jerret

      Mar 28, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Absolutely bush-league and ignorant. You clearly are an idiot and have ZERO sense of style…stick to what you know…whatever that may be.

      • HD

        Mar 29, 2014 at 3:55 pm

        Oh you guys are all right now I see how wrong i am! The Claytons would look great with my orange puma pants white belt and painter’s hat! I love dressing like a douche!

  4. Sam

    Mar 27, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I just noticed that the Lunar Claytons don’t have spikes? Is that odd? They are a great looking shoe, but why no spikes?

    • Billy

      Mar 27, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      From Nike’s website, don’t know if it will answer your question or not?

      “A molded rubber outsole (Integrated Traction) makes the Nike Lunar Clayton a versatile, wearable shoe both on and off the golf course. “

    • PBGS

      Mar 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

      They were originally made as “Teaching Shoes” is what I was told by a nike rep

  5. Billy

    Mar 27, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Ordered TW and Lunar Clayton;s

  6. Jordan

    Mar 27, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Those Lunar Clayton’s are the best looking shoes in golf

  7. R

    Mar 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Those Lunar Claytons are BEAUTIFUL

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Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M1 2017 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75TX

5 Wood: TaylorMade M1 2017 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8X

Irons: TaylorMade P-750 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52 and 56 degrees), TaylorMade “Hi-Toe” (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Mizuno’s new ST-180 driver

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Mizuno has recently released a new ST-180 driver that we spotted on Tour at the 2017 RSM Classic. The company’s “wave sole” technology makes an appearance for the first time in a Mizuno driver; the design is used to push weight low and forward to reduce spin rates, and the construction contracts and expands during impact to increase energy into the golf ball. The result is a lower-spinning driver, especially for those who hit down on the golf ball, and increased ball speeds across the face.

The ST-180 drivers have a new Forged SP700 Titanium face insert that allows the faces to be made thinner — saving weight from the face while increasing ball speeds — and they feature what the company calls a “Internal Waffle Crown” that saves weight to help shift CG (center of gravity) low and forward in the head.

There’s a slew of custom shafts available for no upcharge. The stock grip is Golf Pride’s M31 360, and the drivers are selling for $399.99, available in stores now.

Below is a collection of early feedback from GolfWRX members, and make sure to join the full discussion. See more photos of the ST-180 driver here.

Note: The posts below have been minimally edited for grammar and brevity.

GolfWRX Members comment on the new Mizuno ST-180 driver

TeeGolf: I’ve seen the ST180 driver [in person] and it looks like it sits perfectly square to me. And this is coming from someone who has been playing a Titleist driver set 1-degree open for the past 3 years. It doesn’t look closed at all. 

trhode: I’ve been playing the M2 all year. In comparison at address, the ST is very closed. I had 3 customers look at it yesterday too and they all had the same reaction: closed. That being said, I did play 18 on the simulator and hit some monster drives. The head, with the Raijin shaft, seems to be just a little lower spin than my TaylorMade M2. The blue finish doesn’t bother me either. 

akjell: Hit this yesterday at the Mizuno demo day yesterday at Eagle Ridge in Gilroy, CA. Far from a hook machine but definitely a bomber. The Mizuno’s reps put me in a Mitsubishi Tensei White 70X and I could hit this this driver on a string possibly a bit better than my M1. Of the Mizuno drivers of late, this has to be the best one.

odshot68: Ordering it today. Was fit and played a round with it. Optimal launch and spin. Tensei Blue 70x at 9.5 degrees. This is definitely not left bias; first Mizzy driver ever.

nmorton: Hit this today and it’s going in the bag. Just a classic head shape that suits my eye. Been messing around with a number of drivers over the past year and haven’t singled one out. Last long term driver I had was the 850. The ST checks all of the boxes for me…looks great down by the ball, sounds solid and performs as good as any other. What really sold me was how well slight mis-hits performed. I had the 12.5 dialed down so it definitely sat open a bit. Didn’t hit the fairway but it looks sharp as well. 

evoviiiyou: Had a chance to test the driver with a couple shafts last night. The head is definitely deeper than the JPX900 and the footprint seems bigger from he set up position, very confidence inspiring like the JPX900 but a little improved. Finish and graphics are very similar to the 900 which is very nice if you like the satin Mizuno blue and I do love it just like the satin black I recently had done to my JPX driver and 3 metal. 

regiwstruk: My current gamer is a Titleist 917D3, and this is definitely replacing that. I used a JPX 900 from November 2016 through June 2017 — biggest differences are the sound and that the distance is up there with at least one of the leaders in the market. Anxious to see how it does on the course! 

Paul065: It is high launch, low spin yes but I wouldn’t say it was targeted at the average golfer. It’s basically their version of Callaway Epic Sub Zero. Rory used the Sub Zero. 

Tommyj: I went down to Carls yesterday specifically to look at the ST180. I’ve read some comments that the face looks closed. When I picked it up it was in the 10.5D position and did look slightly closed but then looked perfectly square at 9.5D and also square at 10.5D which seemed sort of odd. The shape is not for me, I had a Cobra F6 and while the ST180 footprint isn’t that big its still substantial. I like blue on drivers and the ST180 has a real quality look to it with the matte finish, having said that I’m not sure I’d want to be looking at that shade of blue all the time. The sound was an absolute killer for me, it was completely unexpected because I always associate Mizuno with being traditional and understated… ST180 launch was lower than G400 in the neutral setting, about the same when I lofted the Ping down.  ST180 was noticeably lower than D2. Longest driver of the three was G400, followed by ST180 then D2. For me the ST180 had the widest dispersion with G400 being the most accurate (by a wide margin).

Discussion: Read more comments about the ST-180 driver here

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