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FootJoy launches new D.N.A Helix golf shoes

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In May, we spotted a new pair of FootJoys on the PGA Tour. Now, we have the official details on the all-new D.N.A. Helix, golf shoes that were designed with the best golfers in the world in mind.

As their name implies, the D.N.A Helix is part of FootJoy’s D.N.A. line, which was launched in 2014. The Helix was inspired by the direct feedback of PGA Tour players who were seeking enhanced stability from a D.N.A. shoe, particularly in the heel area of the golf shoe when compared to the previous generation, the D.N.A. 2.0, FootJoy says.

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In creating the D.N.A. Helix, FootJoy designed a new outsole, the NitroThin 3.0 TPU. It’s 23 percent lighter than previous D.N.A. outsoles, according to FootJoy, and it’s also wider, which contributes to the added stability of the shoes.

“I’ve worn every version of DNA and this is by far the best for me,” said Scott Stallings. “The additional support they built in, especially laterally as I move back and through the ball, is fantastic.”

FootJoy says the D.N.A. Helix is 38 percent more stable than its predecessor, an improvement that was achieved, in part, by increasing the width between the heel spike receptacles of the shoes by 13 percent. To improve lateral stability, a new fit-bed (an insert) was developed. The company’s “3D FoamCollar 2.0” was also added to improve support, comfort and fit.

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The D.N.A. Helix ($209.99 with laced, $239.99 with Boa) are made with ChromoSkin leather from Pittards and come with a two-year waterproof warranty. They use low-profile SoftSpikes Pulsar cleats and are available in three colorways (laced: white/red/blue, white/silver and black). The Boa model is available in one colorway (white/black).

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  1. Azima

    Oct 4, 2017 at 2:10 am

    thanks a lot for giving this best idea that you have described here with perfectly. thanks again

  2. sam

    Jul 2, 2017 at 2:17 am

    My Adidas 360 Tour shoes are going on 8 years and are in perfect shape. No need to even look for something else.

  3. Robert Parsons

    Jun 23, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    These will be awesome in comparison to the PXG line coming out. Shoes will range from $750-$2,000. Then we’ll be begging for mediocre shoes under $250.

  4. JSTPA

    Jun 23, 2017 at 9:00 am

    I dig the old icon saddle shoes and wingtips, they are classic golf shoes. Everything else footjoy makes is old man ugly. Seriously. Cranky old man ugly shoes. They need to get with the times. These shoes are hideous.

    • Joey5Picks

      Jun 23, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      I don’t agree with that.

      • Tom1

        Jun 24, 2017 at 1:56 pm

        nor do I.. but hey the guy probably has a closet full of Nike shoes that look like seven flavors of jello salad

    • Ude

      Jun 24, 2017 at 3:15 am

      How about a ‘kiltie’ over your laces too? Love them!

  5. Chris B

    Jun 23, 2017 at 5:14 am

    It would not be difficult for the new version to be more stable in the heel. I had the first version, they were terrible, the least waterproof shoe I have ever had, slipped loads in the heel and to top it off a hole appeared in the side of the shoe a week after the warranty expired. They also made such a mess of the greens in the winter.

  6. BC

    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Only a two year waterproof warranty? That must be how long it takes for the cheap glue to fail and the sole separates from the upper.

    • Ccshop

      Jun 22, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      Last longer then the cheap “water resistant” shoes you wear. Name one brand that guarantees waterproofing for longer than 2 years? So many other brands shoes don’t even have guaranteed waterproofing.

      • setter02

        Jun 25, 2017 at 9:08 am

        Maybe not more than 2 yr, but its pretty easy to find Ecco World Class shoes for $250 CAN. Going to last you a lot longer as well!

  7. Rich

    Jun 22, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Same ol’ look for 20 years .Look like mountain climbing shoes.

    • Dr Troy

      Jun 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      There are a LOT of folks that like these 20 yr old “mountain climbing shoes”

    • Ccshop

      Jun 22, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      Haha don’t even look like the DNA 2.0 shoes. Didn’t realize Classics, DJ Tours, Icons, And DNA all look like climbing shoes.

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Puma unveil new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

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Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Puma Golf has launched its new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear – a new version of the NXT with premium leather accents.

The upper of the shoe features a premium leather saddle wrapped around Pwrframe reinforcement. The Pwrframe TPU is an ultra-thin frame that is placed in high-stress areas of the upper for lightweight in a bid to offer added support and increased stability.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The new additions feature Puma’s Pro-Form TPU outsole with an organically-altered traction pattern, containing over 100 strategically placed directional hexagon lugs in proper zones, designed to provide maximum stability and traction.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The Ignite NXT Crafted footwear contain a full-length IGNITE Foam midsole, wrapped in Soleshield in design to offer maximum durability, comfort and energy return. Soleshield is a micro-thin TPU film that is vacuum-formed around the midsole designed to make cleaning off dirt and debris effortless.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Speaking on the new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear, Andrew Lawson, PLM Footwear, Puma Golf said

“The Ignite NXT Crafted perfectly fuse the beauty of handcrafted shoemaking with modern development techniques to deliver optimum elegance and peak performance. With the combination of style and performance these shoes will appeal to a wide variety of golfers – those who appreciate the classic look of a leather saddle shoe and those who value modern comfort and stability technologies being a part of their game.”

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The Ignite NXT Crafted shoes are available in 4 colorways: White-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Black-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Peacoat-Leather Brown-Team Gold and White-Hi-Rise-Team Gold) and come in sizes 7-15.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The shoes cost $140 per pair and are available online and at retail beginning today, June 5, 2020.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best Nike driver ever

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Nike drivers. WRXer ‘DixieD’ is currently building up a Nike bag and has reached out to fellow members for driver advice, and WRXers have been sharing what they feel is the best Nike driver ever made.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Ger21: “VR Pro LE? I have two I was still playing last year.”
  • mahonie: “The STR8-Fit Tour was one of the best drivers I’ve played. Still have it the garage and take it to the range occasionally…it would possibly still be in the bag if it hadn’t developed a ‘click’ in the head which I cannot fix. Long, straight(ish) and nice sound.”
  • jackr189: “The VR_S is one of the best.”
  • Finaus_Umbrella: “I played the Vapor Fly Pro, and still do on occasion for nostalgia sake. Sound and feel are great, but it demands a good strike.”
  • PowderedToastMan: “I enjoyed the SQ Tour back in the day, the one Tiger used forever. Do I miss it? Not at all, but it was a pretty good club for its time.”

Entire Thread: “Best Nike driver?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about driving irons for mid-handicappers

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In our forums, our members have been discussing whether mid-handicappers can benefit from a driving iron. WRXer ‘jomatty’ says:

“I average about 230 off the tee on good drives. I can get a little more sometimes, but 230 is probably the average. I’m 42 years old and shoot in the mid to low 80’s. I do not get along with fairway woods very well, especially off the tee, and really don’t get enough extra length over my hybrid to consider using it aside from very rare situations on par 5’s (I’ve considered just going from driver to 19-degree hybrid and getting an extra wedge or something).”…

…and wants to know if he would be better served by a driving iron. Our members have been sharing their thoughts and suggestions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • MtlJeff: “If you can shoot mid 80’s, you probably hit it well enough to hit a bunch of different clubs. Personally, I think hybrids are easier to hit….but some driving irons are quite forgiving. I use a G400 crossover that is very easy to hit and looks more iron-like. Something like that you might like. Be careful with some of them though because they aren’t always super forgiving, so you’d have to hit them first.”
  • HackerD: “G410 crossover is my version of a driving iron, feel like I hit it straighter than a hybrid. Just as easy to hit as a hybrid.”
  • hanginnwangin: “I shoot in the low 80s normally and in the 70s on my really good days. I have probably around the same or similar swing speed as you. I have been hitting my 4 iron off the tee on tight holes, and it’s been working pretty well so far. I hit it about 190-220. I have a 4 hybrid but just can’t hit it as consistently as the 4 iron, and it doesn’t even go much farther. I have a 5 wood which I only use for 220+ yard par 3s or wide-open fairways. Basically, it’s all personal preference and what you do best with. Everyone is going to be different. Try new stuff out and see what works. But if irons are the strongest part of your game (they are for me as well), I would give the 4 iron a shot. You can get a lot of roll out on the tee shots with it,”
  • Hellstrom: “Don’t laugh, but I bought a 17* hybrid with a senior flex shaft at a garage sale for $5, and I can hit it nice and easy and keep it in play without losing any distance. My driver SS is between 105 and 110 usually and swinging this thing feels like swinging a spaghetti noodle, but it works. I don’t have it in the bag all the time, but I do use it for certain courses. I take my 6 iron out and throw that in, so if I struggle with getting the ball off the tee, I just go to that.”

Entire Thread: “Driving iron for a mid-handicapper”

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