Those who try a pair of the new Pro/SL shoes in the shop will unlikely want to opt for anything else. They’re comfy and they look great, no question, but out on the course this is matched by the all-round performance including a hint of stability that gives you a little more control of your movement during the swing.
Excellent grip, stability and appealing style without losing out on comfort
Some golfers will struggle to justify the price for a pair of spikeless shoes
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Golf Monthly's FootJoy Pro/SL shoe review, a new spikeless model that uses two types of special foam to provide both comfort and stability
The DryJoys Casual was one of FootJoy’s most popular spikeless shoe offerings, combining a subtle but classy aesthetic with excellent comfort out of the box and grip.
The new Pro/SL isn’t merely an update to this shoe – it gets its own name altogether thanks to the rafts of technical developments that have been included to merge the same levels of comfort and grip with extra stability.
As we found out when we took three Golf Monthly readers to FootJoy’s HQ to test the new Performance Fitting System, golfers either benefit from a structured or mobile shoe or something in between and the new Pro/SL is geared more toward support and structure than anything else.
Its styling is instantly recognizable – you’ve probably seen it on the feet of numerous tour players over the last few months in various styles – and we really like the modern look and feel it provides.
We were lucky enough to test the shoe out over 18 holes on the Faldo course at Amendoeira Golf Resort in the Algarve and the first thing that strikes you is the out-of-the-box comfort and how the shoe seems to be moulded to the shape of your foot - providing you are wearing the correct size, of course.
After playing a few holes, it soon transpires that the grip you experience from different lies and slopes is excellent and yet these shoes were especially green friendly too.
The Pro/SL provides a unique feel underfoot. If you closed your eyes and made a few swings, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were wearing something with the stability of DryJoys Tour and yet when you walk, the comfort underfoot and around the ankles is much better than what this model would provide.
"The combination of stability, grip and comfort from a spikeless shoe is fantastic"
Those who have an over-active lower half during the swing who would benefit from being locked a little more in place would especially benefit from the new Pro/SL.
There are very few if any reasons to criticize the FootJoy Pro/SL other than perhaps the mid-to-premium price point, but even around that £150 mark you could argue there’s still some decent value for money given they offer golfers a little bit of everything in a shoe that looks fantastic.
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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.
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Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x
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