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WRX Spotlight: True Linkswear: redefining a great walk

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When it comes to golf footwear, there are a lot of players in the game, but there is only one that is committed to making sure they put their absolute best foot forward with every product, and doing everything it can to make sure you “enjoy the walk.”

True  Linkswear was founded only 10 years ago in 2009, and in that time the company could be credited (at least partially) for the popularity of what we have today as the modern spikeless golf shoe. Founded on the principles of creating the most comfortable walking shoe imaginable they did just that with the original True Tour. This shoe offered the thinnest sole in golf and took the golf industry by surprise. It took features from the emerging barefoot running trend at the time and along with it brought the wide natural toebox, zero-drop revolution to the golf masses.

So confident in their crossover ability, on October, 7 2012 , the same day Ryan Moore won the Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas wearing the True Sensei, one of True’s founders, Rob Rigg, was a lot further north up the West Coast wearing the same Sensei in the Portland Marathon. Not many shoes on the market can lay claim to winning a PGA Tour event and running a marathon in the same day.

 

Let’s fast forward to today, after some serious sole searching (pun completely intended) between 2014-2016, after some admitted less-than-first-rate products, the company went back to the drawing board and completely relaunched.

The goal was to get back to creating the most comfortable shoe with premium products and deliver them to the customer without compromise. True doesn’t just want to be your favorite golf shoes, they want to be your favorite shoes period. With that in mind, and drawing from their Pacific Northwest home — a part of the country known more for rain and the great out doors than bright sunny days, they have come out swinging with their most technology packed shoes designed to be comfortable right out of the box — or out of the bag… more on that later.

The first of these new designs was the “Original” a shoe that took all of the elements from the very first tour and put it into a modern stylized package with the most traction of any True to date, and gave it the on course, off course looks to take your from the range to the streets, to the hiking trails without having to make an extra trip to the trunk.

The next shoe from True was the Knit, and as the name suggests this knit design offers the breathability and comfort you would expect from a lightweight shoe, that also has the flexibility to fit almost any width foot. Not designed to be waterproof, they offer flex where you want it and strength where you need it. Offered in a number of colors, True have also made a commitment with one colorway to give back $30 for every pair to the MS foundation.

In talking to True President Jason Moore — yes, the brother to PGA Tour Player Ryan Moore, the company wanted to put a stake in the ground by offering an exact dollar amount, not a percentage of sale littered in a fine print. This is another example of doing something a little different.

This brings us to the True Major — a shoe built from the ground up with input from some of the best players in the world (the True Players Advisory Board) and tested to standards usually reserved for the worlds best outdoor shoes and hiking boots

  • 80K Step Dynamic Waterproofing: When most shoes are tested by merely get placed in a water, Trues get tested in motion for 80,000 steps to ensure they can offer one of the best waterproof guarantees  in the business
  • Flex zones to eliminate break in period, and keep shoes looking their best longer
  • Full wrap paracord lacing system that wraps entirely under the midsole of the shoe to secure the foot in place during peak lateral forces (the golf swing for example) while also maintaining comfort and flexibility for every step along the way
  • Outdoor Grade Nuback leather: (we looked it up, it’s a real thing) used on the most wear susceptible parts of the shoe including the toe to reduce wear and keep shoes looking great.

Last but not least, one of the coolest additions that you get with the new True Major has nothing to do with either comfort or style but has everything to do with offering something a little extra and help the environment along the way: a multi-purpose shoe bag that can hold your shoes, lunch, extra change of clothes, or be used as shag bag for those trips to the range. Designed with functionality and sustainability in mind, it’s another way True is doing things a little different and helping you enjoy the walk and your next practice session a little more.

 

 

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. Tom

    Feb 12, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Just stick with FJ if you want a decent shoe….

  2. Thomas A

    Feb 12, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    I was a big fan of Trues. I had the Sensei, Proto, and others. They had to change up the company because all the leather shoes I had leaked like crazy. Marie at customer service and I got to know each other too well with all the returns I had. I bought the True Outsider with help from a $50 rebate from one of my many returns. They leaked on my 3rd outing in morning dew. They sent me another pair. Leaked again. I’m wearing them at work right now because they are comfortable, but never again will I buy a pair.

    • Bob Eubanks

      Feb 19, 2019 at 6:59 pm

      This brand is junk. The shoes stain quickly look like crap after and leak as stated above. Avoid this junk brand.

  3. James

    Feb 12, 2019 at 10:06 am

    I have the knits and love them. The idea of wearing them casually did not work, I slipped multiple times but they are great on the course when its not wet. I’d love to try the Majors but I cannot tell them width on them as someone with a wide forefoot.

  4. Harry

    Feb 12, 2019 at 6:18 am

    These are horrible. Comfortably walk to the nearest trash can and throw them away.

  5. X

    Feb 12, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Are those the new Skechers? lol

  6. JP

    Feb 11, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Comfortable, but none that I’ve had have enough traction or stability. I just wish they’d make a comfortable model with a stiffer sole with spikes.

  7. Dom

    Feb 11, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    I currently have six pairs of Trues. Love their shoes. The True Originals have a big toe box which is great for even those with the widest of feet. I would order a half size up for the Knits and Majors. I like the Knits for hot days. Just tried the Majors for 18 holes. Great shoes overall. Material is premium, the shoe bag is awesome, and they are comfy, but they are not good for people who overpronate like me. Can’t wait to see what other colorways they come out with next.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “One driver for the rest of your life – what would it be?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from DCMorgan89 who asks an intriguing question – if you could only play one driver for the rest of your life, what would it be? Our members weigh in with their choices, with plenty of different drivers receiving a mention.

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.

  • JDMRN81: “G400 Max with an AD TP shaft and it’s not even close! Incredibly forgiving, low spin with a laser mid-flight.”
  • Valtiel: “I’m someone who rarely changes drivers. Several years ago it would have been a 910D3 as well, and I still plan on building up another one sometime soon. I’m hoping it will be the Mizuno ST190, but we’ll see!”
  • LONGBALL777: “Callaway Big Berta Fusion. Straightest driver ever!”
  • regiwstruk: “ST190. Just has it all.”

Entire Thread: “One driver for the rest of your life – what would it be?”

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Toulon Santa Monica: The inside scoop

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As many have already seen this week in the forums, we spotted a brand new model from Toulon: the Santa Monica.

There were a lot of finer details going on with this putter that got peoples ears up including

  • The one-piece design – no variable weight sole plate
  • A classic head shape with Toulon refinements
  • The finish & overall aesthetics

Thanks to a ton of positive feedback, we had to find out more.  So, we went right to the top and called up Sean Toulon to find out about this new model and what else might be coming in the near future.

Here’s what we know:

The Santa Monica, that was captured is part of a larger project that will be going all out when it comes to customization and “showing the world what we can do when it comes to design and manufacturing,” according to Toulon. This line of putters will not be available on the grand scale and instead will focus on individual pieces and prioritize the customer experience.

This new line from Toulon will also include new putters not yet seen, although we have one name so far: La Grange (shout out to Texas!), and it will also include different materials not currently found in the Toulon/Odyssey line. The focus will be 100 percent on boutique, different and just for you, said Toulon. The new line will center around exercising total creativity, and also have the potential for one-off and limited-number pieces.

We don’t have a timeline for when these will become available to the public, but when we do, we will be sure to let you know.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Viktor Hovland signing with Ping”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Dave D and it surrounds Viktor Hovland’s future as a Ping staffer. There has been plenty of chatter on our forums after Dave D shared this post from @golfnation_’s Instagram account.

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.

  • cvhookem3: “Seems like he was hinting at that with his equipment changes at the US Open. Good for him. He should be a lot of fun to watch.”
  • bladehunter: “Figured. He had near a full ping bag anyway. Love this kid. I really predict great things. Loads of raw tools.”
  • ImagineThat: “I think we’ll be seeing a lot of Viktor Hovland in the future…enough where his name will no longer appear strange. He seems to really be an upbeat guy with a nice personality, and he has a nice friendly smile to go with it.”

Golf Digest’s E. Michael Johnson reported Hovland is now a Ping man, writing he “signed a multi-year deal with Ping to play a minimum of 11 clubs, including driver and putter, along with a Ping staff bag and logo on the hat.”

Entire Thread: “Viktor Hovland signing with Ping?”

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