The new Nike Flyknit Elite shoes are said to offer improved traction without losing out on comfort through a unique sole design
As every golfer knows, the golf swing starts from the ground up. Using the ground correctly and efficiently is how the likes of Rory McIlroy create power, accuracy and consistency in equal measure.
To facilitate better footwork during the swing, Nike designers created Articulated Integrated Traction in the new Flyknit Elite shoes. Developed via research and athlete testing, the all-new traction decouples the medial heel and lateral forefoot area to help propel the athlete through the swing.
"When our team of designers started creating what would become Articulated Integrated Traction we factored in foot performance through every aspect of the swing,” explains Gentry Humphrey, VP Nike Golf Footwear. “We also considered the various surfaces and angles a golfer has to play through each and every round and worked hard to create traction that performs in every condition."
The articulated channels also allow for better balance while keeping the golfer lower to the ground. A unique TPU tread design offers continuous traction that replaces traditional spikes without sacrificing grip.
Debuting on the new Nike Flyknit Elite, the traction is paired with a full-length Lunarlon midsole for responsive cushioning and a lightweight, breathable one-piece Flyknit upper. The first shoe featuring Flyknit specifically engineered for golf performance, it presents targeted support in key areas to keep the foot locked down and stable.
Dynamic Flywire provides midfoot lockdown throughout the motion of the swing while a mid-height collar conforms to the athlete’s foot and helps prevent grass and other debris from entering the shoe. A TPU skin for dew protection was added along the upper’s edge.
The Nike Flyknit Elite will be available in two colorways (pure platinum/cool grey and black/clear jade) from June 16th at nike.com and select retailers with an RRP of £220.
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 3.3.
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
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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