FootJoy D.N.A. Helix Shoe Review - Editor Mike Harris gives his verdict on the latest performance golf shoe from number one brand FootJoy
The D.N.A. Helix is for golfers who want a light, cleated shoe but require more support.
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.
How we tested
Since picking up the shoes in July, we’ve worn them multiple times on different tracks
in varying weather conditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.