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Nike Golf unveils new Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour golf shoe in collaboration with Brooks Koepka

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Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour

In collaboration with World Number One Brooks Koepka, Nike Golf has launched the Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour golf shoe.

The Nike Air Zoom Infinity shoe bids to provide maximum speed and comfort to golfers and is designed to produce maximum energy return from the ground up by re-harvesting and redistributing some of the energy lost during a player’s swing.

 Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour

 

The collaboration on the project began in 2017 when Koepka challenged Nike designers to create a running shoe he could play golf in. The result of which is the Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour shoe which looks to blend comfort and style while also generating maximum power from the ground upwards.

Speaking on the creation of the new Nike Air Zoom Infinity shoe, Matt Plumb, Nike Golf Product Line Manager stated

“Brooks was instrumental in the Air Zoom Infinity Tour iterative process, helping us get to the point where we can now help golfers look at their footwear as part of their equipment on the course.” 

 Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour

 

According to Nike, designers analysed data from pressure maps to see where traction elements needed to be positioned on the shoe for an ultimate return on movement. They developed a holistic system that transfers more power up the kinetic chain. The brand then obsessed the areas of fit (to reduce in-shoe movement), ride (for maximum energy retention) and traction (for zero slip in any direction).

 Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour

The Nike Air Zoom Infinity shoe contains Nike Zoom Stroble technology and moderator plate, first tested on court by Kevin Durant in Nike Basketball’s KD12 – designed to provide structure, comfort and enable energy return needed on the golf course.

 Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour

Another feature of the new addition from Nike is the company’s weather-resistant Flyknit.

The brand also borrowed design elements, and Nike REACT foam from Nike Running’s Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit for added cushioning and energy return on the golf course.

Nike’s Air Zoom Infinity Tour golf shoe releases April 1 on nike.com.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Natty

    Jan 26, 2020 at 4:07 am

    40% of america is anti-america. Thats exactly the side Nike has chosen. Sad.

  2. dat

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    No longer support this disgusting company. What I have is what I have, but I’m not buying anything new. Their hardgoods were great, and bags were even better. But, once they got out of that it was all downhill and it shows in the softgoods as well as their politics.

    • Phil

      Jan 24, 2020 at 12:44 am

      please explain how their politics correlates to their product quality? My guess is you’re just a racist but i could be persuaded otherwise!

  3. Ray

    Jan 23, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    My family will never buy another Nike product again. I’d go barefoot and naked first

  4. Jerry

    Jan 22, 2020 at 7:55 am

    I am assuming this won’t be the only color scheme, but they look nice. Now the more important question, how much?

  5. Fred

    Jan 19, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Wow that’s a nice combo, it’s funny seeing non sneaker heads talk about how a shoe looked, but tech wise I have flynit reacts and they are very useful for walking and keeping that constant comfort/support in a good level versus other shoes that’ll bottom out after 1-2 hrs of wearing them. Very nice they put a zoom unit in them which is a great addition. Y’all old heads stick to your bs saddle shoes while I wear some of these and let my feet stay comfy

  6. Michael

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:35 am

    Same company that makes a Kapernick shoe with the date of his first kneeling. Not for me.!

    • Brad

      Jan 19, 2020 at 2:48 am

      You should buy a pair and then set them on fire. That’ll show em!

    • george

      Jan 22, 2020 at 8:09 pm

      Yea I don’t buy anything Nike for that reason

      • Stephen

        Jan 24, 2020 at 1:25 am

        No, but if you buy them and set them on fire everyone will see how much you hate them!

    • Wes B

      Jan 23, 2020 at 11:33 am

      Definitely agree. As good as these look no way I’m giving them money after they support someone like that.

      • Jerry

        Jan 24, 2020 at 1:27 am

        I think we all know what the “B” in Wes B stands for. And we know it stands for something because it darn sure doesn’t kneel!

  7. Teetee

    Jan 17, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Who erased the LGBTQ comment?
    I am LGBTQ, and I think these shoes are perfect for me.
    The heel spinning comment was spot on, that’s exactly what this shoe looks like!

  8. DB

    Jan 16, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Clothing/shoes made with Brooks Koepka? The guy who wears thongs on social media? Haha. No.

  9. Mark M

    Jan 16, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    I like everything they’re saying about the making of the shoe, but do they have to be so damned ugly?!

    • Brandon

      Jan 18, 2020 at 9:30 am

      All Nike shoes are ugly,golf or otherwise.

      • Deion

        Jan 24, 2020 at 1:24 am

        Hot take there, Brandon. Don’t cut yourself on that edge.

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What GolfWRXers have spent more money on – Drivers vs Putters

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In our forums, WRXer ‘2down’ has got our members talking about their purchase history and whether drivers or putters have taken more of their money. For ‘2down’ the answer is putters, who has a respectable seven flat-sticks sitting around his home, and our members divulge their history with drivers slightly edging it so far.

  • getitdaily: “Putters, but I change drivers more frequently…how does that make sense? When I change putters I will go through 7-10 of them until I find my bride. Then I stick with my bride for a while. I’ve had 2 brides…an old scotty newport beach studio stainless. Took about 10 putters to find it and then played it for like 12 years. Current bride is a spider tour plumbers neck. It’s been in the bag for 1.5 years now. Took about 8 putters to get to it, including a somewhat long term relationship with a 2ball fang. Since 1996 I think I’ve had 10 drivers total. 4 in the last 4 years.”
  • platgof: “I would say 24 drivers and 12 putters thereabouts. Took a long time to find what I wanted. I am still looking all the time though, it’s a disease, totally incurable. Now it is the wedges, and the SM7’s have my eye for now!”
  • CDLgolf: “Thats a really good question. At the moment I have 4 putters and 2 drivers. Over the last 25 years I’d have to say I’ve bought more drivers.”
  • Ray Jackson: “Definitely drivers as have used the same putter for at least the last 5 years. In that time frame I’ve probably had 4 drivers.”
  • dekez: “Drivers for sure. I go 6 – 7 years before even thinking about a putter switch.”

Entire Thread: “Your history – Drivers vs Putters”

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WITB Time Machine: Phil Mickelson WITB, 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open

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  • Equipment is accurate as of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (2016).

Driver: Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 60 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.5 inches)

3-wood: Callaway X Hot 3 Deep (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 70 X (tipped 1.5 inches)

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S Hybrid 100 TX

Utility iron: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’16 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind Wedge (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Putter: Odyssey “Phil Mickelson” Blade
Grip: Odyssey by SuperStroke JP40

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft (2016)

Grip: Golf Pride MCC Black/White

WITB Notes: Mickelson uses the rearward weight setting in his XR 16 Sub Zero driver.

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Greatest Adams hybrids of all time

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It’s almost impossible that, over the past decade, you or someone you played golf with didn’t own an Adams hybrid. The fact that they can still be found in the bags of players on the PGA Tour demonstrates the kind of cult-like dedication some players have to those clubs.

They were in everyone’s bags—from low handicaps to golfers just trying to break 100. Simply, Adams was hybrids in the early-to-mid 2000s. In an age when many would still call them “cheater” or “old man” clubs, Adams pushed the envelope of design and ushered in a new era of small, workable-yet-forgiving, anti-left clubs.

Adams was also one of the first companies to do exclusive combo sets off the rack for better players with the initial Idea Pros and then later with the Idea Pro Golds. It’s a common practice now, but at the time it was revolutionary.

Here is a list of some of Adams’ all-time great hybrid designs.

Original Idea Pro – 2008

This is the one that started it all. After going through a number of tour issue prototypes leading up to the retail release, the Idea Pro had a lot of buzz, and it delivered. It wasn’t that other companies weren’t producing hybrids at the time, but the sheer popularity of the Adams outweighed what others had in the market thanks to it working its way to become the number one hybrid on the PGA Tour. It also came stock with an 80g Aldila VS Proto Hybrid shaft that was directly aimed at better players, and considering the aftermarket price of the shaft on its own, it made the Idea Pro a no brainer for those looking to replace harder-to-hit longer irons.

XTD – 2014

This was the final hybrid ever made by Adams and was packed with technology: all-titanium construction, crown, and sole slots for greater face deflection and ball speed—along with an adjustable hosel. TaylorMade had taken over ownership at this point and engineers at Adams took advantage by using the proprietary TaylorMade adjustable sleeve—this allowed for more shaft options for many golfers that had used TaylorMade hybrids in the past.

The entire XTD line from Adams was premium by design and from the driver to the hybrid, offered real-deal shafts and tight quality control. This is still a hard club to beat.

Idea XTD Super Hybrid Ti – 2012

You could argue the 2012 Super Hybrid XTD was the original bomber hybrid. Thanks to the multi-material titanium construction, it produced a higher-than-expected launch, along with exceptionally low spin. For faster players, this was a perfect control club off the tee and easily replaced a 5-wood (in the 19 degree). Don’t believe it? Check out this historic review from the GolfWRX Archives: GolfWRX.com – Adams Super Hybrid Review (2012)

Super 9031 – 2013

The Super 9031 was released the year after the original Idea Pro Blacks and featured an updated white paint job along with a technology upgrade that included both sole and crown slots for faster ball speeds compared to the original (hence the “Super” designation). It has a high toe, flatter lie angle, and open appearance from address—something better players love! Although I should attempt to be unbiased, I will admit that not only did I love these hybrids, but I still hold a place in one of my travel bags.

It’s not just me that has a sweet spot for the Super 9031, you can still find these in the bag of PGA Tour player Brian Gay.

Boxer A3 Idea – 2007

You might be wondering that after all of the others on the list, how the A3 earned its spot. Well, it’s quite simple. Just before the launch of the Idea Pro, the A3 and A3OS (oversized) were massive sellers at the retail level. The sets offered classicly shaped irons alongside easy-to-hit hybrid clubs into the longer clubs. Although never marketed towards better players, it did have a bit of a cult following to the point that even Vijay Singh was using one during the 2008 season in replacement of a 5-wood. They came stock with Grafalloy ProLaunch Red hybrid shafts and in both right and left-handed to outfit almost any player.

GolfWRXers, did you have any of these clubs? Check out the Cult Classic Clubs Discussion in the GolfWRX.com forums.

 

 

 

 

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