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TRUE linkswear adds to its collection with Proto

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Rob Rigg, president of TRUE Linkswear, and the rest of the TRUE team dusted off their high school biology education to help build a better golf shoe.

“Our thought process in making the shoes was if humans are supposed to have heels, they would have evolved with one,” Rigg said. “We don’t have heels for a reason.”

Naturally, the company created a barefoot shoe with what they call “zero drop,” keeping the heel and forefoot at the same level. TRUE released its first shoe, the TRUE tour, in 2011 and has grown since, most recently releasing the TRUE proto.

By not having a heel in the shoe, Rigg explained how it helps give golfers better posture and better form on their swings.

The proto has received a good deal of attention since Ryan Moore, a part owner of TRUE, won the 2012 JT Shriner’s Open in Las Vegas in a pair. The shoe design was based largely on input from Moore, and was released to the public earlier this year.

“Ryan wanted something he could really hit into, so the shoe’s still very barefoot but we decided to add a little more outer ridge to the side so when he’s transferring to the left side, he can really power through,” Rigg said.

The proto sells for $169.99 and has what TRUE calls a “sensei” outsole to provide more stability and traction.

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Other TRUE shoes, such as the tour, have TRUE’s “ninja” outsole, which gives more flexibility and feel for the golfer.

The proto meets TRUE’s five requirements for being a barefoot shoe. It has the zero drop, a thin outsole, flexibility, a wide toebox and is light weight.

On the bottom of the proto, there is a three-millimeter thick rubber outsole and five-millimeter thick traction elements spread throughout as if they were spikes. This allows for an easier walk on pavement while also allowing grass to pass through the traction elements and allowing the golfer to feel the sand or green on the course.

“It’s pretty intense if you haven’t tried our shoes before,” Rigg said.

Another benefit to TRUE shoes is that buyers do not have to worry about getting the right shoe width. TRUE shoes keep the foot stable with memory foam in the back, a sock-fit liner in the middle and the wide toebox at the top. The toe box allows for the toes to spread out which also promotes stability.

The release of the proto gives TRUE six different men’s shoes on the market, ranging in price from $99.99 for the phx and sensei to $209.99 for the chukka. There are also two TRUE women’s shoes — the isis and jade, each for $99.99 — and in March, it will release its first shoe for children called the padawan ($59.99).

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  1. girithara

    Dec 3, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Great shoes. Fits perfectly. Very comfortable.

  2. Johnny

    Nov 24, 2013 at 1:00 am

    These shoes are terrible. Not only do they look bad, they also have terrible traction. I would be better off wearing running shoes. My back foot slips just about every time I hit my driver. I do not recommend these. They are seriously ugly and cheap

  3. Lykato

    Apr 21, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I was disappointed with these shoes. They don’t grip very well in wet conditions in the morning. Sometimes you may feel yourself slip even when it’s not wet.

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    Mar 28, 2013 at 5:35 am

    It’s actually a great and helpful piece of information. I am satisfied that you shared this useful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Patrick

    Feb 15, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I purchased a pair of True Tour shoes 6 months ago. They are so comfortable, they are like wearing slippers.Because I have a broad foot , size 9US, I bought the 10US and they fitted like a glove. No !! I won’t be updating… I LOVE THESE ones. Thanks to True Linkswear.

  6. Scott

    Feb 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Why do they have to sell them for such a high price if they are minimalist shoes? 🙂

  7. TWShoot67

    Feb 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Great job Zach although I would have liked to do the interview with my boy Rob. This guy has changed the game when it comes to shoes in the golf industry. Now every single company out there is trying to catch up and ay they have the best lightweight shoe or best ground connection. You have to give this guy credit as he’s changed the footwear industry. I haven’t tried the NEW Sensei Proto but will soon for sure. I’ve been wearing these shoes as i was probably one of the first to tout this company. Now it looks like the rest of the golfing world has finally found them out. You can’t find a better more comfortable golf shoe. PERIOD!

    • john k

      Feb 6, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      First off let me start out by saying I have a son and daughter and wife who play. I put all 4 of us in spikeless shoes years back when Etonic came out with the G-SOK series. Well made shoe for the money and while many would comment that they looked comfortable, it was hard for many golf purists to comprehend that they would hold up on sidehill lie’s or wet conditions. Honestly they did. Whne True came along I jumped on the bandwagon immediately as I saw a company taking the no spike shoe to another level. I own 2 of the original soled shoes that have a nubby like bottom. Comfort and traction were fine, but the appearance I wouldn’t say was in line with what most players would commit to(almost a clown look to the shoe). I then upgraded to the Phx line last year and from my experience the shoe held up just as well as the original version but had a better look to attract the masses. I recently bought the True Sensei when it was released and have consistently used them while walking outdoors, playing golf and also working out(normal gym exercises). Quite honestly I find the Sensei platform to be far superior to the other lines and previous lines that are and were offered. I just ordered the Proto in brown and white. Tried the white out yesterday on the range…great look…much improved in my opinion and the best all around shoe True has made to date! I have viewed the new FJ(didn’t get a chance to try on)(ECCO)nothing to write home about and a few others that I can’t recal the maufacturers name…All in, this shoe delivers…and possibly most importatly, it allows you to walk in comfort and feel the ground as intended. Signed, a True fan for life!!

  8. Steffan Perry

    Feb 2, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Actually humans are suppose to have “heels”. The correct way to run for example is technically to never let your “heels” touch the ground. Footwear have negated to need to keep our heals off the ground, however the longest distance runners in the world in rual South America run without the heals ever touching the ground, arching them up like “heels” in a shoe.

  9. Troy Vayanos

    Feb 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I’ve got issues with too much pronating in my feet. Will the TRUE Linkswear give me enough support to combat the problem?

    Thanks for the review

  10. Kyle

    Feb 2, 2013 at 11:01 am

    My Grandma would love the look of these shoes.

  11. Pete

    Feb 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I’m a big fan of my True Linkswear Tours from 2011 and will be looking into the protos as a replacement.

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Crossrope weighted jump rope & app

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An 18-hole round of golf averages out to just under five miles of walking, which on its own is a good workout. Once you throw in some potential uphill trekking you get some serious cardio too, but if you all looking for a quick workout between rounds of golf look no further than Crossrope.

Crossrope – The details

Crossrope is a system of the weighted jump rope that allows you to quickly switch the weight of the ropes you are using to boost your workout—they range from 1/4 lbs all the way up to 2 lbs depending on the kit you start out with. There is an accompanying app that helps you go through multiple workout routines and is available free, or you can upgrade to the entire library of workout routines along with more workout tracking options.

This is NOT your middle school jump rope

The handles are heavy duty and feature precision bearings to allow the rope to move smoothly around as you go through a routine. They are also ergonomic and fit into your hand naturally, which making gripping easy, something that is really nice when you’re swinging a 2 lbs coated steel cable around. The handles also come with a fast clip system to make changing cables depending on your selected workout easier too.

The ropes themselves are made from braided steel and are almost impossible to tangle, allowing them to be easily transported and stored when not in use. All in you are getting a premium piece of workout equipment that is effective and easy to store—hard to same the same thing about a treadmill.

When it comes to a workout, skipping rope is one of the most effective cardio workouts you can do, and with Crossrope, you can get both cardio and low impact weight training when using the heaviest ropes, and follow along with the guided workouts.

As someone that hadn’t used a jump rope in over a decade, starting out lighter was a nice way to ease in before moving up, and I was pleasantly surprised how easy and fun some of the workouts in the app were. If you are looking for a fun way to add something to your workouts, or you just want to try something new to get you into golf course walking shape, this could be right up your alley. To learn more check out crossrope.com

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WRX Spotlight: Athalonz EnVe—The best golf shoes you’ve never heard of

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One of the coolest parts of being in this part of the golfing world is being able to shed light on smaller companies that typically get overshadowed by their bigger corporate brothers.

So, this post is about one of those products that is definitely competitive against top golf shoe companies, and it’s made by a company called Athalonz, which is based out west in Arizona. Typically known for its innovative baseball cleats and insole packages, Athlonz newest addition takes the patented design to the world of golf with the EnVe golf shoe.

These have started appearing on the world long drive circuit due to the amount of traction they get, allowing players to swing harder. So for the last few months, I have gotten to wear them and see if they are as good as the company claims.

Athalonz EnVe: Living up to claims

The main selling points of these shoes are focused on two things

  1. Design that delivers more power and stability
  2. Custom comfort that lasts all day

These are somewhat difficult to combine into one shoe, and though they are on the heavier side, Athlonz are completely worth it for the benefits. It is obvious that they made strides to hit each box on the list for a great shoe. The patented design has been adapted from their baseball cleat and introduces a spikeless golf shoe with a circular design that allows the player to gain traction through the golf swing. This gives a player the chance to swing harder and faster without losing their footing. They also offer insole packages that help with correct bodyweight placement to help add an extra layer of consistency.

Secondly, it’s very noticeable that there was plenty of thought given to comfort with a roomy toe and custom insoles to fit your style. Additionally, ankle padding helps to provide more stability and comfort.

On another note, they have a good sense of style with a more classic, casual take. In addition to the pictured white/brown color, there’s a black/grey colorway as well.

After multiple months of wear in all types of conditions, these shoes have performed great for me with all the traction I need and while feeling great throughout the round.

Verdict

I am a person who tends to support smaller companies when I can if they make good products. Any support for them goes a long way—especially in the golf business. Since these shoes will set you back about $150, I wanted to be sure they are worth it for the money and they absolutely are. Seriously, for anyone looking to boost their shoe game and help alleviate aching feet and ankles, give these a shot.

 

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII

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Every golfer should have an accurate, reliable, easy-to-use rangefinder. With the new Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII, you get all of that and more in one of the smallest, lightest packages on the market.

Not only do you get a ton of features, but when you consider these devices start at only $199.99 for the 20 G II and then $229.99 for the 20i GII ( slope adjusted version ), you get one of the best values in a rangefinder from one of the most well-known consumer optics companies in the world.

Review: Nikon CoolShot 20 GII and 20i GII

First Target Priority and 8-Second Continuous Measurement: “First Target Priority” is Nikon’s way of making sure you are picking up the flag and not a tree behind your intended target. There is nothing worse than thinking you have your distance dialed in to then have a shot fly over the green. With how quickly it lets you know the ranger finder is locked, getting that distance and double-checking can happen remarkably fast.

In the eight-second continuous measurement setting, the rangefinder will continuously measure the field of view as you scan the target area for approximately eight seconds. This setting is great when playing unfamiliar courses or trying to figure out the exact spot to a dogleg, tree, or hazard on your intended line.

Bright, 6x Monocular: Nikon is known for its glass and multi-coating technology, from telephoto camera lenses to rifle scopes, if it’s Nikon glass, it’s going to be clear, fog-resistant, and high-contrast for easy viewing. From a viewing experience perspective, the Coolshot 20 GII’s 6x monocular has an adjustable diopter for sharp focusing, along with long eye relief—meaning you can keep your glasses (or sunglasses) on when acquiring your target.

Slope-Adjusting ID Technology: With the 20i GII you have the option to get the slope-adjusted distance for any shot thanks to Nikon’s ID Technology. The mode can be turned on and off by the user to comply with USGA rules to make it legal for tournament rounds. Having tested it out on hilly terrain it’s easy to see why so many golfers mis-club going into greens when elevation changes become a lot more dramatic.

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The Nikon Coolshot 20 GII’s size and weight make it ideal for anyone who regularly carries and wants the benefit of knowing distances but without having to worry about weight—it weighs about the same as a sleeve of balls.

The size allows you to hold the units stable. However, I could see for those new to the rangefinder space, it could take some time getting used to when first getting acquainted with it. The best bet for this is to take it to a range or just step outside with it on your next walk and get used to hitting targets before you take it to the course—plus it makes for a fun game to see how good you really are at estimating distances.

Overall, for the price and size, it is one of the best rangefinders on the market. Plus, with a five-year warranty, you can be assured of years of use with the Nikon CoolShot 20 GII rangefinders.

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