FootJoy: Behind the scenes gallery

(Image credit: Kevin Murray)

Golf Monthly was given exclusive access to FootJoy's main US headquarters to discover how it creates its performance shoes, gloves, socks and apparel

Not many people get the chance to wander the corridors and explore the warehouse that produced FJ's Icon and Classic shoes for decades. Here are some unseen photos of GM's exclusive trip to Brockton and Fairhaven, the sites of FJ's main offices.

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The dark corridors have an eery, unused feel to them, like very people have set foot in them in the last few years since the factory closed in 2008.

 

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The Brockton factory is now predominantly used to store apparel stock but walk around for long enough on the many floors and you can find plenty of remnants of shoe production, like stitching equipment and tools for cutting leather.

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Across the old factory floor are barrels and barrels of shoe lasts, some dating back to the 1950s, used to shape the leather onto the upper.

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This sign on the wall of the factory corridor, with the hyphenated gold FJ logo, shows how long shoe production was carried out here. This logo changed in the 1990s.

 

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We were lucky enough to talk one-on-one with FJ President Jim Connor who had some fascinating stories about the history of the brand and told us about some of the critical decisions he has made over the years.

 

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From sketch to finished product: This image shows a comparison between a rendering and finished product - the similarity is uncanny.

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The shoe testing facility was an amazing place, with machines in every corner bending and rubbing shoes in different directions to test out their durability.

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Socks is a key category for FJ and talking to Jessica Hakeem, it's clear so much thought and investment goes into creating a product that genuinely enhances your comfort and performance.

 

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While FJ are known for their shoe fitting initiative, glove fitting is just as important to the brand. We underwent an in-depth glove-fitting process and the results were genuinely surprising. We also learnt about the types of leather found in the different models and how the performance changes as a result.

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FJ apparel designer Nancy Harding demonstrates a new quick-drying fabric they're experimenting with for a new line of polo shirts. It was incredible to feel how the fabric underneath where the water had been was bone dry!

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Finally the Shoebox, an more golf-like testing facility where FJ and competitor product is analysed during the swing and golfers can come and find out whether a structured or mobile type of shoes is going to help their game more.

 

 

 

 

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.


One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.8.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and a Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x