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Adidas Tour360 Boost: The culmination of a decade of golf shoe innovation

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“What is this?” Jason Day said.

On his face was the huge, genuine smile that golf fans became used to seeing at the end of the 2015 PGA Tour season. And on this Tuesday after the Tour Championship, how could he be anything but smiles?

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Jason Day, holding the original Tour360, with Sergio Garcia.

In his last five tournaments, Day had won his first major championship, two FedEx Cup Playoffs events and became the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world. He was technically working, but standing next to Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson, the moment felt more like a Tuesday practice round with friends than an Adidas photo shoot.

The topic of conversation among the top-ranked golfers was the items in front of them, Adidas’ Tour360 golf shoes. Day was holding the original Tour360, now a decade old, and couldn’t help but laugh.

“They look like bowling shoes,” he said. “And how heavy they are.”

Off camera but within earshot was Masun Denison, who was on the team that developed on the original Tour360’s. Now the director of Adidas’ Golf footwear, he couldn’t help but interject. Denison was far from offended, but he made sure to say — loud enough so that Day could here — that the shoes were “revolutionary in their day.”

He had a point.

Ten years ago, athletic-styled golf shoes were an oddity. Now they’re the norm, at least partly thanks to the Tour360.

The latest version of the Tour360, officially called the Tour360 Boost, has similarities to the original model, but many more differences. One of the biggest changes is the addition of the namesake “Boost” technology.

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Adidas’ Tour360 Boost golf shoes use Boost in both the heel and forefoot of the shoe.

Boost solves an important design dilemma — one that most golfers likely don’t even know exists in their footwear. Shoe designers have always had to choose between making a shoe more comfortable by using softer materials and making it more responsive by using firmer materials – which of course, reduce comfort.

Boost is a special, lightweight foam material made up of thousands of pressurized pellets that compress to provide softness, but then “rebound” toward a golfer’s foot to improve responsiveness.

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The “holes” on the outsole of the shoe allow the Boost material room to expand when the foot presses down, and then “rebound” back toward a golfer’s foot.

Last year, Day, Garcia and Johnson transitioned into Adidas’ Boost technology with the company’s AdiPower Boost golf shoe, which integrated the material into the heel. With the Tour360 Boost, the material is used both in the heel and forefoot of the shoe.

As the cameras started rolling, Garcia and Day were still chatting with Denison about the original Tour360, but Johnson’s attention was focused on another shoe.

“I loved these,” he said, looking at the black-and-white Tour360 LTD.

Unlike the most-recent Tour360 models, the Tour360 LTD’s were made of a premium, full-grain leather, and they received unanimous praise from the three golfers for their looks.

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Adidas Tour360 LTD

“I think it was the first really sharp, sporty-looking shoe we had,” Garcia said.

The Tour360 LTD also had a special place in each of the golfer’s memories. Johnson won his first PGA Tour event – the 2008 Turning Stone Resort Championship – while wearing them. Jason Day remembered wearing them to make a hole-in-one at the same event. Garcia wore them to win The Players Championship in 2008.

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The Tour360 Boost shoes are waterproof, and are constructed with premium, full-grain leather.

With the Tour360 Boost, Denison and his team chose to return to the leather construction to pay tribute to the history of the iconic golf shoe. Another homage, however, maintaining the Tour360’s standout feature, is significant to the design because it adds better performance.

The original Tour360’s were given their name because of their “360Wrap,” an independent saddle that cradles the mid-portion of the foot. It adds stability, but improves fit, too. Since it’s connected to the lacing system, the 360Wrap adapts to the shape of a golfer’s foot, moving outward to accommodate golfers with wider feet, or inward for golfers with narrower feet. The 360Wrap works the same way in the Tour360 Boost, but there are two key differences.

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The Tour360’s “Torsion Tunnel.”

For one, Adidas designers built what looks like a bridge (Adidas calls it a Torsion Tunnel) underneath the 360Wrap. Previous Tour360 models had a split sole, or a gap between the heel and forefoot.

In the past two-to-four years, Denison said Adidas has learned an incredible amount about traction through studies that not only measure a golf shoe’s dynamic movements, but the movement of a golfer’s feet inside golf shoes. One of the biggest takeaways from those studies was that a split sole was not optimal for maximum traction.

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Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Jason Day look through the Torsion Tunnel.

“To get the most grip possible, we couldn’t have a gap in the middle,” Denison said. “We knew that if we connected the heel and forefoot, we would get addition performance.”

The mission was on to keep the 360Wrap, but find a way to maximize traction. The result was the bridge, which adds rigidity that improves the stability of the shoe, but still allows the heel and forefoot to move independently. And true to its original intent, the bridge’s “nubs” create better traction, between 10-12 percent according to an Adidas study.

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The “bridge” of the Tour360 includes traction elements to improve friction.

The other new feature of the 360Wrap is specific to the “Boa” model of the shoe. The Tour360 Boost is offered in two models – one with laces ($200) and one with a lace-less Boa system ($230), which uses cables that tighten and loosen the shoe through an adjustable dial.

The Boa cables actually weave through the 360Wrap in the new shoes, technology that Adidas co-engineered with Boa, and use a special dial positioned on the shoe tongue. The dial can make micro adjustments, offering 1 millimeter of tension adjustment per click, which allows golfers to lock in in the perfect fit.

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Adidas Tour360 Boost with Boa.

Day had just finished changing his outfit for a television commercial when I caught up with him to talk about the new shoes. As he came out of the golf-cart-turned-dressing-room to put on a pair of Tour360 Boost shoes, which happened to have laces, he told me how much he liked Adidas’ new Boa system.

“I don’t have to tie my shoes anymore,” Day said. “I’m pretty finicky about footwear and how tight it should be.”

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An initial sketch of the Boa technology used on the Tour360, which is integrated into the 360Wrap.

Last year, Day started wearing the AdiPower Boost shoes with Boa regularly, including during his PGA Championship win. He revealed that he had worn roughly 20 different pairs of shoes – 10 black and 10 white — throughout the year “to keep things looking fresh,” changing shoes the most during his winning spree.

“I was pretty much a nobody before this year,” Day said in a moment of humility.

Garcia and Johnson disagreed. Few golfers are better statesman for the game than Day, who told me he signs the shoes that he no longer plans to wear and gives them away to fans.

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As the photo shoot came to a close, Garcia was asked what he thought of the older Tour360 shoe models. He was the most complimentary of the three golfers, maybe because he remembered what it was like to play a professional golf schedule in shoes that were far less advanced than even the 10-year-old Tour360’s.

“I won [PGA Tour] tournaments before the Tour360’s came out,” Garcia reminded them.

At the time of Garcia’s first PGA Tour win, the 2001 MasterCard Colonial, Day was 13 years old. Johnson was 16.

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The Tour360 Boost use an S-curve heel, designed to mimic the shape of an achilles tendon to improve comfort.

With all that goes into modern golf footwear, it seemed fair to ask Garcia if shoe technology had changed the way he played. Did he swing harder, or hit different shots?

He thought about it for a few moments before he responded.

“No,” Garcia said. “I’ve always tried to play as aggressively as I can.”

I pictured the famous shot he hit, eyes closed, with his ball dangerously close to the base of a tree at the 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah. Sergio has always been Sergio. No shoe would change that. What Garcia said next summed up what Adidas is really celebrating with the Tour360 Boost and its 10-year celebration of the golf shoe line.

“I’ve been lucky to be with Adidas for 16, 17 years now.” Garcia said. “I’ve never felt like I was at a disadvantage.”

History says golfers will feel the same way about Adidas’ golf shoes 10 years from now.

To learn more about the Tour360 Boost and its availability, visit Adidas’ website.

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    May 12, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Excellent, what a website iit is! This websitre gives helpful information to us,
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  2. please

    Dec 14, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    stop kidding around with yourselves. the LTD was 10x better than any other model. re-release it with hidden boost material like the yeezy 350.

  3. Tad

    Dec 11, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Thank god these are coming out. I love the boot tech. I have the tour 360 now. I love the 10 spike pattern. so much more traction. can’t wait to use these new ones.

  4. tomuch23

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I believe the Adidas Adipower Boost also had the (boost foam) in the forefoot but it was not exposed like these are. The sport version has the boost only in the heel (which I own and really like) and TPU in the forefoot. So technically last year had a full boost sole also. Good write up none the less.

    • tomuch23

      Dec 11, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      Should say EVA not TPU in the forefoot.

  5. Fug-u

    Dec 11, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    That black stripe down the middle is ugly, and Adidas knows it. The new Pumas are way better

  6. Adidas s

    Dec 11, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I have a pair of running shoes with boost and my golf shoes have boost now that they are affordable. Both are extremely comfortable. These look awesome and can’t wait till the end of next year when I can afford them.

  7. Dunce

    Dec 11, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I was really hoping they’d have the nightflash/yellow color scheme that was available in the UK last year available in the US this year, looks like I’m sticking with the hyperflexes for another year

  8. Scooter McGavin

    Dec 11, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I’m not a fan of how the WRX home page was one big ad for these. From top to bottom it was: banner ad, article, another ad right beneath- all for these shoes.

  9. golfraven

    Dec 11, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Still have the original 360 Tour at home but have not worn them for couple of seasons now. I am on the FJ train for some time now and not looking back.

  10. Jim

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:54 am

    I thought I read where Sergio is switching to Titliest this off season? Doubt that Adidas would put him in a commercial if he was switching manufacturers. If he still switches I’d be shocked after this. 360 shoes look pretty good, but the price is getting too high for me. I’ve been playing 360 models since they came out but will have to wait for the price to come down on these.

    • FTWPhil

      Dec 11, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Weren’t the originals $249.99?

      • mhendon

        Dec 11, 2015 at 8:23 pm

        No that was the adipures. Not sure if that’s spelled right but great shoes still wearing them

    • KK

      Dec 11, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Titliest is about class, performance and winning. Why would they want Sergio?

  11. Dan

    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Poor adidas, no matter how hard they try, they come up short on everything they do. It’s amazing how Nike can come out with good looking products over and over again and adidas just can’t seem to do it. These shoes look like they were made in 2002. It’s like adidas is ignoring the market.

    • KTM

      Dec 11, 2015 at 7:50 am

      Those look super nice. Classy, understated. Nike is all about unnecessary bling which doesn’t suit everyone.

    • TR1PTIK

      Dec 11, 2015 at 8:20 am

      I would absolutely wear these. I think they look good. I also remember salivating over previous models and work a pair of AdiComfort shoes for at least 3 seasons. There’s nothing wrong with what Adidas is doing. However, I do wear FootJoy now, but that has more to do with what’s been available in my area.

    • ron

      Dec 11, 2015 at 10:10 am

      gotta disagree, these look great and Adidas shoes have always been super comfy to me.

    • Don

      Dec 11, 2015 at 10:20 am

      I have to disagree. I have worn both brands and adidas is by far and away more comfortable and durable. And they look good.

    • HackerDav31

      Dec 11, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Sorry Dan, but giant toe swooshes on vinyl isn’t what every golfer is looking for, modern or not. These things look amazing and if they feel half as good as anything else with Boost, Nike are in for it…

    • slider

      Dec 11, 2015 at 11:59 am

      I agree nike does it best in the shoe department

  12. Jeff

    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:14 am

    The crap these pga players have to do after signing a contract.

    • ron

      Dec 11, 2015 at 10:09 am

      I’ll gladly do “crap” like this: post for pics with new shoes/apparel/equipment- of which I can get as many as I want for free. Not to mention the boat load of cash that comes with the contract. Sign me up please.

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Jon Rahm WITB (October 2020)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @10 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

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3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 @14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

jon-rahm-witb-2020Utility iron: TaylorMade RSI TP UDI (4)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (52-09), TaylorMade MG2 (56-12SB, 60-11)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X (Chalk)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 (#10)

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What are the most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf shoes on Amazon as of October 2020.

1. Adidas Men’s Tech Response Golf Shoes

From the listing:Mesh/synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Thintech, adituff, thintech cleat, traxion, adiwear. Lightweight mesh and synthetic upper for enhanced breathability and comfort. Soft eva insole for lightweight comfort and cushioning. 6-spike configuration with thintech low-profile technology for improved traction and stability.”

Price: $59.99

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2. Skechers Go Golf Men’s Torque Waterproof Golf Shoe

From the listing:Synthetic. Imported. lace-up. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Replaceable soft spikes. Waterproof.”

Price: $59.99

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3. FootJoy Men’s Fj Flex Golf Shoes

 

From the listing:100% Textile. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Performance Mesh – lightweight performance mesh delivers incredible comfort, breathability and all-day comfort. Complete support – a soft EVA midsole provides increased underfoot cushioning, enhanced comfort and exceptional stability.”

Price: $89.99

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4. PUMA Men’s Ignite Nxt Lace Golf Shoe

From the listing:100% Textile and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Sole shield. Performance Mesh +TPU. Ignite Foam.”

Price: $99.99

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5. Skechers GO GOLF Men’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Skechers Goga Max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning for all day comfort. Durable grip tpu outsole with a spikeless bottom. Lightweight. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $74.97

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6. Adidas Men’s Tour360 Xt Spikeless Golf Shoe

From the listing: Leather and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Leather and microfiber synthetic upper. Spikeless Puremotion outsole for enhanced flexibility and grip with X-Traxion primary lugs for grip and balance.”

Price: $135.59

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7. FootJoy Men’s Fj Originals Golf Shoes

From the listing: Built on the Austin Last, this last offers the fullest rounded toe character, fullest fit across forefoot, standard instep and heel. EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) Fit-Beds provide lightweight cushioning underfoot. EVA does not take a set, so the cushioning will remain the same for the life of the shoe. This easy care synthetic upper offers outstanding 1 year waterproof comfort, breathability, and durability.”

Price: $89.95

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8. Skechers Women’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Spikeless, durable grip tpu outsole. Ultra-lightweight, responsive ULTRA Flight cushioning. Goga max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $57.55

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9. FootJoy Women’s Sport Retro-Previous Season Style Golf Shoes

From the listing: ” Lightweight – the linen-textured synthetic uppers offer lightweight comfort and durability. Cushioned rubber – the gum rubber outsole is a soft rubber compound which provides flexibility and comfort. Enhanced traction – This molded rubber outsole provides turf gripping performance and durability.”

Price: $59.95

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10. New Balance Men’s Sweeper Waterproof Spiked Comfort Golf Shoe

From the listing: Synthetic. Imported.Rubber sole.Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Waterproof microfiber leather upper. REVlite 10mm drop* midsole provides lightweight cushioning & premium responsiveness. NDurance rubber outsole with removable FTS 3.0 Pulsar spikes.”

Price: $59.99

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Justin Thomas: What makes him an elite wedge player

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It might be easy to say that a player like Justin Thomas is near the top of the leaderboard because

  1. He hits it the best
  2. He drives it long and relatively straight
  3. He is having a good putting week

I would agree and disagree with all three. Yes, they are definitely factors, but in my opinion, it’s his wedge play that has been the most notable part of his game—especially in 2020.

If you look at the stats, you will find a player who is not only damn-near deadly from 150 yards and in, but also a player who gets out of trouble about as well as anyone in the top 10 in the world.

We are talking about 2020 as a whole FYI.

(Stats via PGATour.com)

Now strokes gained wedge stats have multiple variables affecting the ultimate stat, fairways hit, where a player misses it, out of the rough vs out of the fairway, putting, yada, yada, yada….

At this point, if I had to pick a player to get it done around the greens it would JT or Jon Rahm. True artists. Go back and watch some of the shots from the FedEx at TPC Southwind or even Kapalua this year, it was the reliance on his wedges that became the secret sauce. Like the putter, good wedge play can be an equalizer when anything else is falling short. And when the rest of the bag is decent, for a player like JT, good wedge play equals wins.

I wanted to dig in a little deeper, so I asked my old friend, Vokey’s Aaron Dill a few questions on what makes JT unique with a wedge in his hands…

JW: As far as technique, what in his action makes JT so good? And if you could compare him to someone who would it be?

AD: Justin’s technique is really something to watch. His ability to stay loose, calm, and maintain effortless speed while delivering the wedge accurately really shows his comfort with a wedge in his hands. Justin keeps the club out in front of him and he has mastered the ability to control his golf ball’s flight and spin.  I could compare him to many, but I sometimes feel he is in a league of his own.  

JW: Beyond the great shots we see on highlight reels, where does JT really get it done from an SG perspective? What do you see that the average person wouldn’t? 

AD: Justin does it all very well. You know this because he is 9th in SG around the green and this is partly due to his spotless technique but his ability to scramble in difficult situations. Something he does that amazes me is his creative vision of shots. There are times when he is in a situation where he hits a shot we don’t expect or think of. His comfort with a wedge is fun to watch, he makes all short game shots seem like they are no big deal and you can see this by his free-flowing, loose and speedy wedge action. You can tell he feels at peace with his wedge technique.

JW: He has an interesting set up for his wedges that has been well covered, but since you first met him, how has his understanding and approach to his wedges and wedge play evolved?

AD: Justin’s wedge set is unique, however, a lot of thought and intelligence has gone into crafting this matrix. Since the first time I met him, he has worked hard and he has always had the desire to want to improve and push himself. You can see it in his strength training, his increase in ball speed, and his general approach to competitive golf. His knowledge of his short game has improved over the years and it shows in his success. You can see how comfortable he feels when a wedge is pulled from the bag, you can bet he will be landing the ball close to the hole setting himself up for a makable putt.

Justin Thomas’ wedge specs 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (46-10F @47.5, 52-12F @52.5), Vokey SM8 (56-14F @57), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60T @ 60.5)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)

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