I will come right out and say it in the first paragraph. The Nike Air Zoom Elite is the most comfortable pair of shoes I have ever owned.
This is compared to cleats, spikes, sneakers, loafers, sandals, boots, and slippers. It just so happens that they also have a golf outsole designed to help me to transfer the maximum amount of power to my swing.
Simply put, I think these are the most styling shoes I have seen for men’s golf shoes. The color scheme I chose is reminiscent of an old tuxedo shoe. My biggest gripe with men’s shoes is there are mostly two main styles: One solid color (black, white, or brown) and saddle shoes. I don’t know about any of you, but the only people I see wearing saddle shoes besides golfers are little girls and little boys that their mom dress up like little girls.
The Air Zoom Elite come in solid white with silver accents, solid black, the black and white scheme shown, and a brown and white. There are several limited editions that are on the way, but these are the main ones you will find in store right now.
The Nike Air Zoom Elite brings together all of Nike’s technologies into one platform. The Power Platform provides for a stronger push through the ball with channels and the arrangement of cleats. There are a few channels that also run across the shoe to allow better flex of the outsole for a more natural gait.
The heel of each shoe uses Nike’s caged Zoom Air for comfort. Using the latest in thin materials, the lower pressure air chamber cushions the foot like no other shoe I have ever worn. One of the problems that some systems face is that they can make it feel like there are lifts in your shoe. The Caged Air is thin and keeps your feet close to the ground.
They come with a limited two year warranty and one year against defects. I actually can attest to Nike standing behind their warranty as I have utilized it myself. I had a pair on the SP-7.5 shoes and the air sole in the heel got a hole 8 months later. I took them to the local shop and they called Nike. Nike directed me to pick out any pair in the shop under the retail price for the SP7.5 (none left in my size). Hello Air Zoom Elite.
It can be very hard to quantify the performance of one shoe over another. While wearing these shoes my feet never slipped. They even stayed in place for a ‘Godzilla’ swing (a combination of Bubba Watson, John Daly, and Cecil Fielder) They have a very aggressive outsole, and the Scorpion Stinger cleats can easily be changed. I think the most important part of a golf shoe is the comfort. With the mileage that I put in a pair each Summer, they have to be the most comfortable shoes I own. You can walk in excess of five miles during one round without taking a seat. The Air Zoom Elite didn’t require a break-in period; they were solid right out of the box.
I have a pretty wide foot and my one complaint applied to all Nike shoes. For some reason, they think people want a squared off toe box. Every shoe Tiger wears has one, as well as most of the new line of shoes. It doesn’t pinch quite as much as the SP line, but they are a little snug at the toe.
If you are in the shoe market, you should really take a look at the new line of Nike’s shoes. I feel like they are finally bringing all their technologies from other sports and working them into the golf line. The Caged Zoom Air might be the best cushioning system I have found in any shoe for any use and the Forefoot Channel eliminates breaking in the soles. The Nike Zoom Air Elite are comfortable, stylish, and a sneaker with cleats
GolfWRX Spotlight: Crossrope weighted jump rope & app
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
WRX Spotlight: Athalonz EnVe—The best golf shoes you’ve never heard of
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
- Design that delivers more power and stability
- 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.
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.
GolfWRX Spotlight: Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII
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.
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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