What we say...
FootJoy’s new HyperFlex shoes are the most striking in the company’s history – but the innovation goes beyond the bold design.
The mesh upper is inspired by sports that require little lateral movement while meeting the key requirements of a modern golf shoe. This ‘FlexGrid exoskeleton’ is said to stop the foot from rolling over during the swing and is supported by a waterproof layer that offers comfort and breathability. Fine Tuned Foam 2.0 provides the cushioning. So does all this tech add up to better shoes that will improve your balance, and your ball-striking? We asked a regular fourball at John O’Gaunt Golf Club in Bedfordshire to test them out.
FootJoy, the #1 shoe in golf, has introduced HyperFlex, the brand’s most distinctive footwear created in its history. Featuring innovative materials, like the new FlexGrid exoskeleton, HyperFlex delivers lightweight support and cushioning, enabling golfers to play at their highest level.
The most striking feature of the new model is the upper. Most athletic shoes are constructed with soft, mesh upper materials that are ideal for running and activities that don't require a great deal of lateral movement. However, for FJ’s R&D team, the key was to keep those comfort qualities in place but also deliver the support, stability and waterproof characteristics required for golf.
Through extensive testing, this balance was achieved utilising a material never before used in golf shoes, called FlexGrid. The shape of FlexGrid was inspired by the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts. When viewing this type of cable-stayed bridge at different angles, the cables create a grid offering tremendous strength and support, all while maintaining a sleek, lightweight and technical appearance.
The FlexGrid exoskeleton is strong enough to keep the foot from rolling laterally during the golf swing but also conforms to the foot and allows it to flex. The base layer that supports the exoskeleton consists of a tight-knit, lightweight, soft, flexible, waterproof mesh, which allows for maximum comfort, breathability, flexibility and airflow.
Details: Available in four colourways plus two additional colourways in BOA. RRP: £135/£150 BOA. Available in March 2015. www.footjoy.co.uk/hyperflex