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Adidas Golf launches its new Tour360 golf shoes

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Dustin Johnson has been wearing Adidas Golf’s Tour360 Boost shoes, which launched in 2015, for the last few years. In that span of time, he won his first-ever major at the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont, he ascended to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings — a position which he still currently holds — and he recorded three wins in a row in early 2017. That’s quite a run while wearing the Tour360 Boost.

“Of all the models I’ve tried over the years, the Tour360 Boost has been my favorite,” Johnson said in a press release from Adidas Golf. “When the Adidas team first came to me to get my thoughts on how to improve it, I told them I didn’t want them to change a thing. Seriously. But we challenged each other to take the new Tour360 to the next level.”

When Johnson showed up to the 2017 Northern Trust, however, he was wearing something different on his feet… a new version of Adidas’ Tour360 Boost. And after taking a five-month hiatus from the winners’ circle, Johnson hit a 340-yard drive that nearly broke the Internet to defeat Jordan Spieth in a one-hole playoff to win the event, his first tournament ever wearing the shoes.

At the time, we could do nothing but speculate what the new shoes were, but Adidas has officially announced the launch of its new Tour360 shoes today.

The new shoes have a 10-cleat "puremotion TPU outsole" with CenTraXion and thintech cleats

The new shoes have a 10-cleat “puremotion TPU outsole” with CenTraXion and thintech cleats

APPLY NOW: Try the new Tour360 shoes in our Testing Thread.

The most significant changes compared to the Tour360 Boost shoes come in the look of the shoe. For the first time in quite some time, a Tour360 shoe will have a clean toe box — minus the familiar dual seams in the toe. They also have a more rounded toe shape for a “more natural fit,” according to Adidas.

Adidas' Tour360 Boost (left) vs the new Tour360

Adidas’ Tour360 Boost (left) vs the new Tour360

Also, the familiar S-Curve in the heel has been removed. The shoe now features a traditional heel curve with the addition of premium leather for both stability and durability (as pictured below). According to Global Footwear Director at Adidas Golf, Masun Denison, the shoes will have a more wide-ranging appeal for golfers with the changes to the heel and toe. Overall, the shoes also provide a more “classic look,” in Denison’s words, with a “rich leather upper,” a “high-polished finish” and a “more streamlined design.”

Tour360 Boost's S-Curve (foreground) vs. the new Tour360 heel shape

Tour360 Boost’s S-Curve (foreground) vs. the new Tour360 heel shape

“Our quest to create the perfect golf shoe just got one step closer with this new Tour360,” Denison said in a press release. “Our original Tour360 Boost rose to being the best-selling shoe in the U.S. market last year, so we know golfers are going to appreciate these updates that we’ve made to what was already a great product.”

The performance aspects of the shoe have also been fine-tuned. The new Tour360 wrap has been designed to give golfers more stability throughout the swing by way of raised TPU (thermoplastic urethane) plate. There’s also more support for the upper portion of the foot with a new leather collar, and with what the company calls “Sprintskin” in the inner lining, which is a lightweight microfiber. The bridge, or “Torsion Tunnel,” underneath the midsole that was featured in the previous shoes design also appears in the new Tour360 2.0; that’s because the design was proven to increase traction, according to Denison.

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“I couldn’t be more excited with how this shoe turned out,” Johnson said. Those are big words from someone who didn’t even want to change his old Tour360 Boost shoes in the first place.

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Adidas Golf’s new Tour360 shoes will be available in early October in three introductory colorways (White/Black, Black/White and White/Blue) and they will sell for $200. According to Adidas, additional colorways will be released in 2018.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the shoes in our forums

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Judge mental

    Sep 10, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Adidas are dead comfy , cushion soled , waterproof gems .

    they perform well in the wet by having the extended heel , your trouser lower edge sits in the heel section ,stopping the trouser dragging in wet grass . ( Stopping soggy socks , envy of golf players )

    Brilliant bit of engineering by adidas…… sadly this has been deleted .

  2. Cjcops

    Sep 10, 2017 at 5:53 am

    A change of heel material is the brands recognition that the current model isn’t durable enough. Given the rising prices of footwear the brands have a duty to Mate the cost with quality. I have had 5 pairs of Tour 360 all the backs wore through within 10 rounds. Will give these a whirl as the fit is good for me.

  3. Rich Douglas

    Sep 7, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I’m glad to see the bridge. But I HATE BOOST! It is so incredibly unstable, I can’t keep my balance during the swing. Also, where is the BOA? Boa is so much better than laces. I like a shoe that’s tied tight. Leather tends to stretch during use, so the Boa is handy to make the shoe snug again quickly.

    Yes to the bridge. No to Boost. Bring the Boa.

  4. Barry Smoot

    Sep 7, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    **Yawn**

  5. Cdub

    Sep 6, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Love the tarheel color theme. Very nice looking

  6. Bert

    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Have at least eight pairs of Adidas golf shoes and all have lasted only a short period of time. The are comfortable for me, but as mentioned wear out quickly, especially in the heel, and clogs with grass, and the uppers stain. Repeated washing has does little for this dew sweeper. This new line looks cheaply made. Also what did you expect DJ to say about hem, he’s a paid employee. What spikes does DJ use?

  7. David Barndollar

    Sep 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    You guys have no idea WTF your talking about. I love my 360s and I’m glad to see they are making improvements on them.

    • AW

      Sep 6, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      IOW they are still a WORK IN PROGRESS …. but when will they get it right?

    • Rich Douglas

      Sep 7, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      The original 360s were the best. Add Boa and get rid of Boost and these would be the best shoes EVER.

  8. mr b

    Sep 6, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    love the style of Adidas golf shoes but the fit is just awful for me. every pair is narrow in the toe and wide in the heel. Not a good fit for me, personally.

    • AW

      Sep 6, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      You would come out of your shoes in a side hill down slope shot ….lol

  9. CB

    Sep 6, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Theres a gap in the current line – and I have not seen any grass accumulate in mine. Im also an early morning dewsweeper.

  10. AllanA

    Sep 6, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Problems:
    1. The exposed white out soles will permanently stain brown.
    2. The sole will clog with grass, sand and mud at the spikes and sole patterns indents.
    3. The narrow toe box is fine for dress shoes, but a squared toe box allows the toe spread.
    4. The shoe lace throat does not accommodate high instep and narrow feet, and insertion.
    5. The midsole ‘tunnel’ reduces ground reaction force pressure area at the instep. Bad.
    6. Too much white. Black is okay. Better for shoe polishing.

    • Anthony

      Sep 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      So they are the same as the previous model then? LOL

    • MC

      Sep 6, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Well then don’t buy them. They look awesome. Love the move to the rounder toe, and the no heel curve (looks weird w shorts). Yeah it really looks like DJ is losing traction when he swings. Serious?

  11. Rich

    Sep 6, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    How about the weight and flex ?

  12. Leezer

    Sep 6, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    As a morning dewsweeper I can only imagine the amount of grass that’s going to accumulate in that gap under the arch.

    • Rich Douglas

      Sep 7, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      It really doesn’t because there’s nothing there to which the grass can cling.

  13. Chris Baron

    Sep 6, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Is the heal going to wear out like last model very disapointed in Adidas

    • Anthony

      Sep 6, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      So they are the same as the previous model then? LOL
      They have not fixed this issue in 4 models!!!

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Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged, 919 Forged, and 919 Hot Metal hit USGA’s conforming list

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As alerted by our always investigative GolfWRX Forum Members, three new Mizuno JPX irons have shown up recently on the USGA Conforming Clubs list; JPX 919 Forged (there is no image of the RH version, but there is of the LH), JPX 919 Hot Metal (and LH), and a JPX 919 Tour Forged iron.

Although still unannounced and unreleased by Mizuno, it’s likely these JPX 919 irons will be the replacements for the previous JPX 900 series. If you remember, Brooks Koepka won back-to-back U.S. Opens using JPX 900 Tour irons; now, it seems there may be a replacement for that iron on the way, judging by the USGA Conforming List.

Check out the Mizuno JPX 919 irons below, as listed on the USGA Confirming list.

Mizuno JPX 919 Forged

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Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the USGA photos.

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SPOTTED: Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons

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Photos have recently popped up in our GolfWRX Forums of Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons. It’s been nearly two years since the company released it’s previous Z565, Z765 and Z965 irons, so it’s possible (if not likely), based on nomenclature, these could be the replacements for that series.

The photos in our forums show Z785 short irons (5-PW) and Z785 long irons (4 and 3), but it does not appear that the Z785 irons shown in the photos are driving irons, so it’s likely these photos come from a mixed set.

We do not have any official tech or release information about new irons from Srixon at this time, so we’re left to speculate for the time being. What do you think about the photos of these Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons?

Check out the photos of each below, and click here for more photos and discussion.

Srixon “Z785” irons

 

Srixon “Z585” irons

Click here for more photos and discussion.

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Michael Kim on why he switched to a Titleist TS2 driver, and the change he’s making for The Open

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Michael Kim set a tournament scoring record at the John Deere Classic last week, so, needless to say, the UC Berkeley alum was firing on all cylinders.

With respect to one of those cylinders, Kim, historically not a great driver of the golf ball, was 34th in Strokes Gained off the tee and tied for second in driving accuracy with a new Titleist TS2 driver in his bag last week. For reference, he’s 192nd in Strokes Gained off the tee and 183rd in driving accuracy for the season. In other words, while Kim’s incredible putting (+13.51 strokes gained: putting) helped, the Titleist TS2 driver he began experimenting with at the FedEx St. Jude Classic also played a role.

We caught up with Kim by phone from Carnoustie and asked him about the decision to put the new TS2 in play.

“When I hit it, I liked it right away. I noticed the biggest difference on mishits. On my old driver, the ball speed would drop a little bit on a toe or heel hit, but with the new one, you barely saw any [drop in ball speed]. And it was definitely going straighter off the mishits. Straighter and longer, honestly.”

“Generally, I don’t make a switch, especially with the driver mid-year, but I put it right in play. And I’m working on some new things with my swing…I kind of turned the corner at the Quicken Loans…obviously hit it great at the Deere.”

“I tried the TS3, but it was a little too low spin for me. So we kept the same shaft [Aldila Rogue Black 60X] and I think it’s the same setting.”

Kim also mentioned he’s putting a steel-shafted driving iron in play for The Open this week–on the recommendation of a guy who knows a thing or two about playing well at the British Open.

“Zach Johnson told me on the plane ride here that I should maybe try a driving iron. So…I got out here and I asked to try a couple of different driving irons…On Tuesday, I tried out a couple of different T-MBs…2-iron, 3-iron. The 2-iron was going way too far, so I tried the 3-iron on the golf course. The way the course is set up, it’s just so firm…It’ll be great if there’s some wind. Exactly what I’m looking for. I’ll put it in play and I’ll probably use it a decent amount throughout the week.”

With respect to Kim’s wedge setup, Vokey Wedge rep, Aaron Dill, offered this comment

“Michael Kim has a really good short game that shows tremendous confidence. Michael uses a great system with his gap wedge having higher bounce, this help with flight and consistency, his 56 is high bounce for bunker and all shots needing extra bounce, and his 60 is a low bounce L for all tighter conditions and shots that need easy and fast lift. The beauty of this setup is it covers multiple shot window and types.”

We’ll see how it works out for him. Kim is competing in his first Open Championship. He tees off at 9:04 a.m. local time with Ryuko Tokimatsu and Chez Reavie.

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