FootJoy Fuel Golf Shoe Review

Does the FootJoy Fuel golf shoe offer athletic, spikeless performance?

FootJoy Fuel Golf Shoe review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

FootJoy has raised the bar with a sporty, athletic design that offers superb on course performance. The Fuel is one of the brand’s most versatile options that looks great both on and off the course.

Reasons to buy
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    Clean, modern styling with an athletic look

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    Plenty of traction and waterproof protection

Reasons to avoid
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    Shoe upper could have had more padding for added comfort

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If you are in the market for a new spikeless, sporty-looking golf shoe in 2022, FootJoy is hoping to grab your attention with its new FootJoy Fuel golf shoe design. Bolder in terms of aesthetics than you will find elsewhere in the range, the FootJoy Fuel golf shoe aims to combine those modern, athletic looks with the high level golf-specific performance you’d expect from one of the best golf shoes of 2022.

So let’s start with the looks. Over the years FootJoy has used its athletic offerings to create more standout aesthetics. As you’d expect, some of these - like the FJ Freestyle model - have had a polarising effect. This year’s design however, we think will have a far more universal appeal. The outline of the shoe is sleek and unfussy. There are bursts of colour that add some excitement to the product without dominating the aesthetic - the gallery of images below shows what you can expect. 

The synthetic upper might not have the refined look of the premium leather alternatives like the Premiere Series but the benefit is how hard wearing it is. We tested the white, blue and grey colourway and thought it was an incredibly versatile option that could be worn with trousers and shorts, in all seasons. There is a large FJ logo in the back heel section which is recessive enough to work well with the overall aesthetic.

Is the FootJoy Fuel shoe waterproof?

Yes… But then you would certainly hope so for a shoe that comes in at around the £150 mark. We wore them on a very wet, muddy January day in the UK (admittedly not the ideal testing ground for a shoe like this) and had absolutely no problems with water getting into the shoe. The synthetic uppers wiped clean after the round and apart from some mud on the laces were pretty much as good as new. The gallery of images below shows the other colourways in the FJ Fuel range.

Another area that really impressed was the traction on offer from the spikeless sole. FJ has taken some of the design elements from the superb Pro/SL model and added them here. The result is a premium level of stability during the swing and traction as you walk. We think this is a stand-out feature from a shoe that can be worn just as easily off course.

Despite the golf specific performance, the Fuel also offers excellent comfort. These have clearly been made to be worn during long days both on and off the course - we wore them straight out of the box and had no problems. Our only slight gripe was over the lack of cushioning on the inside of the upper. This is a minor point in a shoe that offers otherwise excellent comfort levels.

Is FootJoy Fuel available in women's and juniors?

Yes. There are two women’s specific colourways and the white, grey and pink option is also available in a BOA lacing option as well. We think the pink version is a strong contender for one of the best women's golf shoes of 2022. There is a Juniors Fuel design as well. This one is available in white, black and lime - it also has a slightly less expensive suggested retail price (£64.99). The gallery of images below shows the colour options for women and juniors.

The FootJoy Fuel is clearly set to be one of the top performing, best spikeless golf shoes of 2022. The brand has nailed the aesthetics and by combining high levels of golf-specific traction with impressive comfort, we think FootJoy has produced an athletic design with universal appeal. 

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Neil Tappin
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In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

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