By Joel Tadman
Under Armour HOVR Drive Shoe Revealed - New HOVR cushioning material said to enhance comfort and also help you generate more power
Under Armour HOVR Drive Shoe Revealed
With the new HOVR Drive golf shoe, Under Armour wanted to provide full, all-round comfort without sacrificing the responsive energy return naturally generated during the golf swing.
This comes from the HOVR cushioning underfoot, which originally featured in the brand's running shoes. It is a soft yet responsive cushioning material said to provide walking comfort as well as the ability to help golfers harness power by keeping the foot driven into the ground for longer during the swing.
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This is why the softer HOVR material features on the inside of the foot as well as the heel. The rest of the midsole features a slightly firmer EVA material to provide more stability on the outside of the foot. This combination of hard and soft in specific areas is mirrored in the fitbed.
Compared to the recently-launched Spieth 3, it offers a slightly softer feel underfoot and a higher profile. It shares the same traction elements on the sole, including the RST 2.0 cleats that help prevent excessive rotation of the feet during the swing. They're also softer and more flexible to help connect with the ground and improve durability as well as green friendliness.
Integrated laces helps provide a more snug fit as well as extra support.
“With most other cushioning platforms, you have to choose softness or responsiveness. UA HOVR cushioning technology ensures total underfoot comfort and superior energy return.” Mike Forsey, Director of Global Golf Footwear for Under Armour, told GM.
The HOVR Drive also features Storm technology to keep water at bay. It is on sale from today with an RRP of £140.
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.
During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
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 4.7.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58°
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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