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Tiger Woods New Shoe- Nike FREE Review
Editor Review by Richard 6/30/12
Inspired TW ‘13 shoes
Pros: Got to have them if you watch a lot if golf and look to Tiger for a win. What Tiger plays many want to have. He wears these shoes therefore many will to. Ohhh- they are comfortable and Nike makes great shoes by the way.
Cons: Some just cant go there. Athletic shoes are very new for many of the old school golfers.
Overall: Fun and fresh. These shoes are hot as hot right now. All the rage and cutting edge styling. The athletic look is very trendy right now and Tiger can move a needle. First couple of rounds wearing the shoes you will feel some break in but we are waiting to see that disappear.
Full Review: After receiving the shoes days before the US Open we were excited. Tiger had just posted a win in the same shoe at the Memorial and every Tiger fan was hot to trot to find their own pair of Nike Free’s.
They do look very unique. The soles are odd looking and seem to have been brought back from the future. First looks they appear to be wide and will provide a good foundation to hit from.
I play to a 4 handicap and wear typically traditional shoes. I put these on and went to the course. Bright white I felt like that guy in “Friends” that bleached his teeth 10x to much and went out at night. But as I got to the course nobody noticed but me.
The fit right out of the box didn’t feel great. The tongue and toe areas were either pressing or binding a little. Another golfer and friend thought they were a 1/2 size to small. As the day went on though I found those conditions were starting to loosing up the the shoe started to meld together with my foot.
Performance was fine. I was able to get great stability firing through the swing. I was nervous the sole would be to mushy and soft to stabilize as I started the down swing. I have tried to play in running shoes before and the soft sole gives to much to hold up.
Nike claims a lot of technology that I cant begin to understand. As a golfer I am interested in looks, performance and comfort is a must. No cruel shoes for me.
I added a press release below and a tech video that explains more.
In closing great shoe if you like the style. I say get used to it because these designs in WRX opinion are here to stay. In 5 years we predict there will be more of these type designs that a dress shoe look.
Press release and more tech information:
Nike Golf’s relentless pursuit of innovation continues to deliver technology that makes golfers better. Proof positive is the creation of one of the most talked about golf shoes in the industry, the new Nike TW ‘13, inspired by Nike FREE technology.
Tiger Woods began the marketplace buzz when he debuted the prototypes on Tour last summer. The distinctive shoes will now be available to consumers starting June 8, 2012.
The inspiration behind the Nike TW ‘13 footwear began with Woods himself. He asked for a shoe that gave him the performance fit and feel as his Nike FREE shoes when he runs and trains. That question ignited collaboration between Woods, Nike Golf’s footwear creation team and Nike’s Innovation Kitchen, led by Tobie Hatfield.
“I train with Nike FREE technology all the time,” said Woods. “I love training in it, running in it, lifting in it. So I asked, why can’t I play golf in it?”
After Woods shared his insights, Nike’s footwear team immediately went to work. The result is an iconic shoe with Nike’s natural motion engineered outsole, inspired by Nike FREE technology.
“Now my feet are stronger and I feel more athletic,” said Woods. “These shoes provide freedom of movement and allow me to release more power through my swing.”
To view the Nike FREE-Inspired TW ’13 commercial, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4wGVv-d0d8
The natural motion engineered outsole is designed to mimic and conform to the natural motion of the foot, coupled with the protection and traction of a lightweight performance golf shoe. This innovative outsole allows the athlete to keep contact with the ground longer, better harnessing the energy of the foot to the shoe and, therefore, the shoe to the ground.
“An athlete trains every other part of their body, except maybe their foot,” said Hatfield. “Natural motion technology helps increase the strength of the muscles and flexibility within the foot. It brings out the human potential for each athlete.”
The Nike TW ’13 also features the new Nike Dynamic Fit support system. Targeted support delivers unprecedented strength-to-weight ratio and one-to-one fitted support. Flywire-infused nylon straps extend 360° from the footbed to the lacing system, securing the foot for an adaptive fit that provides golfers stability with mobility.
To ensure that the TW ’13 upper moves in concert with the Dynamic Fit system, designers turned to Nike’s Innovation Kitchen to source the multidirectional stretch synthetic available in Tiger’s signature colors of White or Black with Red accents.
Available June 8, 2012
MSRP: $220 MAP/Street Price: $180
Available Colors: White or Black