FootJoy D.N.A. Helix Shoe

We found out how FootJoy's new premium shoe offering performed

FootJoy D.N.A. Helix Shoe Unveiled
Golf Monthly Verdict

Helix is as pleasurable a walking shoe as it is a performance shoe when you swing, with the extra width of the cleats seemingly enabling you to use the ground more effectively. It’s not rigid by any means – there’s plenty of movement of the outsole where you need it – but the cleats just give you more confidence when really going after a shot, while also being green friendly.

Reasons to buy
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    A premium-looking, high performance shoe that excels in every area a golfer considers when choosing a golf shoe. Packed with technology but feels lightweight and is comfortable out of the box.

Reasons to avoid
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    The price will be a stumbling block for some. Sizing tends to come out big so be sure to get fitted or at least try on before purchasing

FootJoy D.N.A. Helix Shoe Review - Editor Mike Harris gives his verdict on the latest performance golf shoe from number one brand FootJoy

FootJoy D.N.A. Helix Shoe Review

Aimed at The D.N.A. Helix is for golfers who want a light, cleated shoe but require more support.

Key technology The product of tour feedback, D.N.A. Helix has more stability, especially in the heel area, via a new outsole design. This features a broader heel platform to increase the overall surface area and allow a wider spread of cleats for maximum grip. As such, D.N.A. Helix is 38 per cent more structured than D.N.A. 2.0, as tested on the BodiTrak pressure mapping system.

FJ D.N.A. Helix right side

How we tested Since picking up the shoes in July, we’ve worn them multiple times on different tracks in varying weather conditions.

Styling The look manages to combine athletic and sporty with a hint of traditional, thanks to the premium leather. Those who find the red and blue a little too garish can opt for the more subtle black colourway.

FootJoy DNA Helix sole

Performance With D.N.A. Helix your heel feels more secure within the shoe, creating a more solid connection with the ground and therefore a more stable and powerful platform to hit from.

While Pro/SL is an excellent, stable offering in the spikeless category, the D.N.A. Helix offers extra grip and structure while also remaining lightweight and comfortable, meaning it could well become FJ’s top model in 2017 and beyond.

DNA Helix-testing

It looks fantastic – modern and athletic without any Marmite details – and boasts that premium feel as soon as you take it out of the box.

The new little details make a big difference, too. The thick foam collar locks the ankle in place but does it in a comfortable way. Added comfort also comes via the thicker, more padded tongue design.

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