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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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SPOTTED: A PXG “XXF prototype” driver in Charles Howell III’s bag

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In December, we spotted a PXG XXF driver, along with two other PXG drivers, on the USGA conforming clubs list. Flash forward to Monday at the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, we spotted an XXF prototype driver in person in the bag of PXG staffer and club-tinkerer Charles Howell III.

We are told the XXF driver in CHII’s bag is only a prototype, and that it may never actually be released to the public.

As we originally postulated, it seems from the layout of the weights, or screws, that the XXF prototype is a fade-biased driver; that’s because there are three screws out on the toe portion of the sole, but none on the heel portion. We also guessed that the PXG ZZ has a neutral bias and the PXG XX is a draw-biased driver.

The last official driver release from PXG was a line of 0811X drivers that introduced thermoplastic elastomer inserts into the soles of the drivers to help lower center of gravity — making the drivers more forgiving and spin less — and to dampen vibrations, enhancing sound and feel. Since we haven’t cut open the XXF prototype driver we spotted in CHIII’s bag, we don’t know whether it also has a TPE insert in the sole. But, if the material lowered CG in the 0811X drivers, it’s likely the material would make it’s way into the XXF prototype driver in some capacity to achieve similar results.

From the photos, CHIII is testing the XXF prototype driver with a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue shaft. We’ll keep an eye out to see whether he puts the driver into play this week, and we’ll update you with more information on the XXF driver if it becomes available.

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Callaway launches new Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero and Rogue Draw drivers, and fairway woods

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With its Jailbreak technology, Callaway’s GBB Epic drivers were the No. 1-selling drivers in the United States in 2017; actually, according to Callaway, they were the No. 1-selling drivers every month in the U.S. in 2017.

How do you back that up? How do you replace a driver that’s been so successful?

Well, apparently you don’t.

Callaway’s new Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero and Rogue Draw drivers, as Callaway says, do not replace its GBB Epic and GBB Epic Sub Zero drivers of last year. Instead, Rogue is an all-new line that improves on the Epic technologies, but the company will continue to sell its Epic drivers.

Actually, if you follow Callaway’s trends over recent years, you may realize that the company should be coming out with an XR 18 line of drivers and fairway woods. That’s not the case, however. In this sense, Callaway is “going rogue.” Company representatives say that with the new Rogue drivers and fairway woods, the company is “doing what the industry is not expecting us to do.” This means that instead of coming out with an XR 18 driver at a price point of say $379, it is launching the Rogue drivers at $499.99 and packing them with improved-upon technologies than were in the Epic drivers, for more forgiveness and better aerodynamics. Callaway also says “the XR line is done for us.”

The original Jailbreak technology in the Epic drivers consisted of two titanium bars that sat behind the face; the idea is that the bars gave the structure more strength, or stiffened the crown and sole, to allow the faces to be made thinner, and therefore faster, without sacrificing durability. But with the Rogue drivers, Callaway wanted to save weight from these bars in order to displace the weight elsewhere (re: lower and more rearward in the head for more forgiveness). So Callaway’s engineers designed new hourglass-shaped Jailbreak bars, which are thinner in the middle portions of the titanium bars, and thicker near the crown and sole. This allowed the company to save 25 percent of the weight from the Jailbreak design without sacrificing the benefits of higher ball speeds across the face. You’ll notice from address (in the photo below) that the body looks a bit more stretched out than the Epic drivers; that’s to drive CG (center of gravity) more rearward to raise MOI (moment of inertia, a measure of forgiveness). The new hourglass design allowed that to be possible, as well getting rid of the weight-shifting track in the rear of the sole, as seen on the Epic drivers.

Callaway’s Rogue drivers, unlike the GBB Epic drivers, use the Boeing aero package — equipped with speed trips on the crown and an overall more aerodynamic shape — that the company introduced in the XR 16 drivers. The Rogue drivers also use a new X Face VFT technology that uses variable face thicknesses across the face to boost ball speeds on off-center strikes. The triaxial carbon crowns of the Rogue, which Callaway calls it’s largest carbon crowns ever, also save weight from the top of the club that is displaced lower in the heads to drive CG lower and more rearward.

The overall result is 0.6 mph more club head speed from the Rogue drivers compared to the GBB Epic, according to Callaway, and a 16 percent tighter dispersion.

There are three different models in the Rogue driver series: Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero and Rogue Draw. The relationship between the Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero is the same as it was between the GBB Epic and the GBB Epic Sub Zero, with the standard version having a larger profile and more shallow face, while the Sub Zero is a bit lower-spinning with a more compact look and a deeper face. The Rogue Sub Zero has two interchangeable weights (2 grams and 14 grams) that produces about 200 rpm of change between the two settings, according to Callaway.

The new Rogue Draw, with a 5-gram screw in the sole toward the heel, and with additional internal heel wighting, is for those golfers who want to fix their slice. The GBB Epic driver, with the 17-gram weight all the way in heel, hit the golf ball 11 yards left of center, according to Callaway’s testing. The Rogue Draw hits it 18 yards left of center. That means the Rogue Draw will draw the ball 7 yards farther than a GBB Epic set to draw.

The Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero and Rogue Draw drivers will be available at retail on February 9 for $499.99 each. Callaway Customs will also be available on each of the drivers in March. See below for more information on stock shafts, and keep reading for info on the fairway woods.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Rogue drivers and fairways in our forums

Callaway Rogue driver

Stock shafts for the standard Rogue range from 40-70 gram options, including Aldila’s Synergy and Quaranta shafts, and Project X’s EvenFlow and HZRDUS Yellow shafts.

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero driver

Stock shafts for the Rogue Sub Zero range from 50-70 gram options, including Aldila’s Synergy, Project X’s EvenFlow, and Project X’s HZRDUS Yellow.

Callaway Rogue Draw driver

The Rogue Draw is available in 9, 10.5 and 13 degree lofts. Stock shafts include the same offerings as the standard Rogue model, which include Aldila’s Synergy and Quaranta shafts, and Project X’s EvenFlow and HZRDUS Yellow shafts.

Callaway Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero fairway woods

Callaway’s Epic fairway woods did not have Jailbreak technology, but the Rogue fairways do. Also, unlike the hourglass-Jailbreak that’s in the Rogue drivers, the Rogue fairway woods do not have the hourglass shape, and they’re made from steel instead of titanium. According to Callaway, while it wanted to make the Jailbreak technology lighter in the drivers, it actually wanted to make it heavier in the fairways, thus they’re made from steel and do not have the weight-saving hourglass shape.

Jailbreak in the Rogue fairway woods combines with Callaway’s familiar Face Cup technology. The Rogue fairway woods faces are made from “ultra-thin” Carpenter 455 steel, and the Face Cup is designed to boost ball speeds on off-center hits. Additionally, the Rogue fairways use Callaway’s Internal Standing Wave to position CG low-and-forward for high launch and low spin, they use triaxial carbon crowns to save weight from the top portions of the club to also shift CG lower, and they use the Boeing aero package for more club head speed.

The Rogue Sub Zero fairway woods, which have more compact shapes and deeper faces, also have a 5-gram weight in the forward portion of their soles in order to driver CG even more forward. This design will help high-spin golfers lower spin for more distance.

The Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero fairway woods will sell for $299.99 each starting on February 9. See below for shaft details.

Callaway Rogue fairway wood

Callaway says the Rogue fairways (13.5, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23 and 25 degrees) are available in multiple premium shafts and weights ranging from 40-80 grams.

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero fairway wood

Callaway says the Rogue Sub Zero fairways (13.5, 15 and 18 degrees) are available in multiple premium shaft brands ranging from 60-80 grams.

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Ping’s new Glide 2.0 “Stealth” wedges, and Vault 2.0 putters

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Today, in addition to the G400 Max driver and the G700 irons, Ping also launched Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges, and the Vault 2.0 putters that we first spotted at the 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii. Each of the products are currently available for pre-order. See below for tech info, photos and more about the offerings.

Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges

Unlike the original Glide 2.0 wedges, which were made from 431 stainless steel, the Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges are made from 8620 carbon steel for a softer feel. More obviously, they have a different, darker finish that reduces glare and “makes the wedges seem smaller,” according to Ping. The finish is applied using something called a Quench Polish Quench process for greater durability.

The wedges also have a milled, wheel-cut “half-groove” near the leading edge of the higher-lofted wedges (56, 58 and 60 degrees) to increase spin on shots hit low on the face.

Like the Glide 2.0 wedges, the Stealth versions also have progressive groove designs, which means the grooves in the lower-lofted wedges (46, 50 and 52 degrees) have a larger edge radius than the higher-lofted wedges. Therefore, the lower-lofted wedges will perform a bit more like irons, while the higher-lofted wedges will have additional spin for more control around the greens.

The Stealth wedges come in 17 loft-grind combinations, as listed below:

  • SS Grind (46-12, 50-12, 52-12, 54-12, 56-12, 58-10 and 60-10)
  • WS Grind (54-14, 56-14, 58-14 and 60-14)
  • TS Grind (58-06 and 60-06)
  • ES Grind (54-08, 56-08, 58-08 and 60-08)

They come stock with either Ping’s AWT 2.0 steel shaft ($150) or Ping’s CFS graphite shaft ($175). Additional shafts are also available at no upcharge.

Click here for discussion and more photos of the wedges

Vault 2.0 putters

Ping’s new Vault 2.0 putters have a greater focus than ever on fitting. Using a new custom-weighting system, the putters are available with either steel sole plates, tungsten sole plates that are 15-grams heavier than steel, or aluminum sole plates that are 15 grams lighter than steel. Putters between 34 and 36 inches use steel, putters 36 and longer use aluminum, and putters 34 inches and shorter use tungsten. This allows golfers to have a putter with the correct feel and balance no matter the length.

The 100-percent-milled putters also use Ping’s True Roll technology in their faces, evident by the pattern of cross-hatched grooves that are varied in depth across the face to increase speed on off-center hits. The goal with this face design is to get the speed the golfer needs on longer putts, even if the contact is on the heel or toe.

Five of the putter models (aside from the Ketsch) are made from 303 stainless steel and are available in three finishes: Stealth, Platinum and Copper. The Ketsch mallet is available in two finishes, Stealth or Slate, and combines a 6061 Aluminum body with a stainless steel sole plate. Grip options for the putters include the PP60 (a midsize design with foam under-listing), the PP61 (an “exaggerated pistol” with a rubber under-listing), the PP62 (over-sized with a rounded profile) or the CB60 (the standard counterbalanced grip).

Get the specs for each of the new Vault 2.0 putters below, which sell for $325 apiece.

Vault 2.0 Dale Anser

The new Dale Anser is “inspired by one of the original Anser putter molds created by Allan Dale Solheim and detailed by his father, Karsten Solheim,” according to Ping.

  • Weight: 350 grams
  • Toe Hang: Slight Arc
  • Standard length: 35 inches
  • Loft: 3 degrees
  • Lie Angle: Adjustable +/- 4 degrees

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Vault 2.0 Voss

  • Weight: 350 grams
  • Finish: Available in Stealth finish (Copper or Platinum available on special order)
  • Toe Hang: Slight Arc
  • Length: 35 inches
  • Loft: 3 degree
  • Lie Angle: Adjustable +/- 4 degrees

See more photos here.

Vault 2.0 B60

  • Weight: 355 grams
  • Finish: Available in Stealth or Copper finish (Platinum available special order)
  • Toe Hang: Slight Arc
  • Length: 35 inches
  • Loft: 3 degrees
  • Lie Angle: Adjustable +/- 4 degrees

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Vault 2.0 ZB

  • Weight: 350 grams
  • Finish: Available in Platinum (Copper or Stealth available special order)
  • Toe Hang: Slight Arc
  • Length: 35 inches
  • Loft: 3 degrees
  • Lie Angle: Adjustable +/- 4 degrees

See more photos here.

Vault 2.0 Piper (Mid-Mallet)

  • Weight: 360 grams
  • Finish: Available in Stealth finish (Copper or Platinum available special order)
  • Toe Hang: Slight Arc or Straight
  • Length: 35 inches
  • Loft: 3 degrees
  • Lie Angle: Adjustable +/- 2 degrees

See more photos here.

Vault 2.0 Ketsch (Mallet)

  • Weight: 365 grams
  • Finish: Available in Stealth finish (Slate finish available special order)
  • Toe Hang: Slight Arc or Straight
  • Length: 35 inches
  • Loft: 3 degrees
  • Lie Angle: Adjustable +/- 2 degrees

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