FootJoy Premiere Series Packard Shoe Review

Our verdict on the sophisticated FootJoy Premiere Series Packard Shoe having tested them on the course

FootJoy Premiere Series Packard Shoe Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

A subtle yet sophisticated pair that will add a touch of class to your outfit. Provides noteworthy grip and stability while being comfortable enough to go 18 holes without feeling any foot fatigue.

Reasons to buy
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    Visually stunning

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    Excellent stability

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    Impressive grip

Reasons to avoid
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    Some may prefer a softer ride

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FootJoy Premiere Series Packard Shoe Review

For golfers that want a super sophisticated look to their footwear, the FootJoy Premiere Series Packard is certainly one of the standout options on the shelf. It's likely to be one of the reasons Tiger Woods has been seen sporting a pair ahead of the 2022 Masters.

Oozing class, it is named after FootJoy’s founder Frederick Packard and features many luxurious touches, like the pebble grain leather in both the vamp and the quarter of the shoe as well as the use of calfskin croc print accent in the saddle area. This is complemented by a natural leather welt and contrast stitching to create a premium aesthetic.

But a shoe has to do more than look good and our on-course testing proved this was the case. Our first impression were that the shoe feels lighter than expected for such a traditional looking shoe. Underfoot, it’s firmer than many of the best golf shoes on the market right now, but soft enough to cushion your feet as you walk thanks to the Ortholite EcoPlush FitBed.

It’s a cleated shoe, so the VersaTrax+ pattern combines with nine Pulsar low profile cleats to provide impressive grip. Even when testing on a damp morning, at no point did our feet slide laterally or give way. In fact, stability is a key performance attribute of the Packard. It provides a firm and locked in feel, which helps forge the strong connection with the ground that is so crucial to the golf swing and in generating speed.

We love the subtle details on this shoe, like the FJ logo in the heel area and the quality of the stitching. It’s this attention to detail that elevates it above a lot of other shoes in this category, comfortably becoming one of the best FootJoy golf shoes money can buy. The premium user experience is reflected in the price tag (RRP £159.99) but we believe this is money well spent given how they will enhance your outfit.

If you’re playing 36 holes in a day or practicing and playing from dawn to dusk, you might want to opt for something that’s a little more friendly on the foot, but for your most important rounds, the Premiere Series Packard shoe will perform and ensure you’re looking your best. Available in all black or all white, you should be able to matching them with your favourite pair of pants.

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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 86 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 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x