While the styling may put golfers off initially, try a pair on and you will quickly become impressed by the high levels of comfort and mobility FreeStyle provides. There are enough colour options to find a style that matches your wardrobe and there’s decent value for money here too.
Excellent grip and freedom of movement during the swing combined with high levels of comfort out of the box
The unique styling may be enough to put people off
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Golf Monthly's FootJoy FreeStyle shoe review, a sporty new model with unique styling that focuses on offering grip, comfort and mobility during the golf swing
Key Technology The outsole was inspired by the anatomy of the Red-Eyed Tree Frog, which can generate incredible grip thanks to its toe pads that are equipped with elongated cells on the edges and channels in between that allow excess water to drain away.
Traction elements include a super-flexible new SoftMax translucent outsole that houses a Softspikes Tour Lock system and new translucent Pulsar cleats, which together deliver dynamic traction with frog-like flex. The lack of an internal shank also encourages maximum freedom of movement. An InnerSok Fit System that includes both TongueLok and HeelLok mechanisms that help hold the foot securely in place.
FootJoy FreeStyle shoe review
This is the hot topic when the FreeStyle was launched. The colours are bold and combined with the polka dot effect and large FJ logo, creates a sporty, sneaker-like aesthetic. FreeStyle comes in five colourways, ranging from traditional black to outlandish orange and lime green.
Shelf Appeal FreeStyle certainly looks different to anything else on the shelf of your pro shop. Whether the radical styling is embraced will vary from golfer to golfer. Some will dismiss it on looks alone, but the most of the more open-minded golfers that try on a pair will be won over by the immediate comfort out of the box.
Comfort One of this shoe’s strongest attributes, no question. The softness of the foot bed moulds to the shape of your foot and it feels like there’s so much padding underfoot, it has the feel of a sports trainer. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to suggest FreeStyle will be one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes you’ll have ever worn.
Grip Another strong attribute, excellent grip from different lies comes from the multiple traction elements – be it the nubs on the outsole or the flexible pulsar cleats placed in strategic positions. Because the outsole material is also very soft, it genuinely feels like the traction elements get deeper in the ground, helping you use the ground more to generate power on full shots and assist traction on sloping lies.
Mobility Without question, FreeStyle is one of the most mobile shoes on the market. The lack of internal shank means the shoe is flexible in multiple directions, helping the shoe shape to the terrain it is on when walking and when hitting shots. The nubs on the outsole that transfer to the sides of the shoe will help golfers transfer their weight through impact.
Stability This shoe is built to encourage weight shift and movement during the swing but that doesn’t mean you’ll be slipping all over the place. That’s because the grip offered is so impressive. If you tend to move your lower body a lot already during the swing, you will most likely require a different shoe with a firmer outsole.
Fit The FreeStyle tends to come out slightly bigger than traditional sizing so many golfers will perhaps need to come down by half a size or so. FootJoy offer a variety of sizes and widths so be sure to get properly fitted using a Brannock device.
Lacing As well as the traditional lace options, FreeStyle also comes in BOA for an additional £15. Using a dial at the back, this closure system uses steel laces that pull evenly across the top of the foot the best fit. These laces are so strong, they are guaranteed for the lifetime of the product.
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.
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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