Nike Lunar Control 3 shoes review

Nike Lunar Control 3 shoes
The Golf Monthly Test Team review the Nike Lunar Control 3 shoes, as worn by World No.1 Rory McIlroy
Golf Monthly Verdict

Nike Lunar Control shoes have always provided outstanding comfort, ever since the original was introduced in 2011. That’s still the case with the Lunar Control 3, which feel fantastic. They’re soft underfoot but also offer plenty of stability, thanks to the Flywire, which wraps around the foot and holds it in place while swinging. Trying these directly up against the Lunar Control 2 shoes it was clear that you were closer to the ground, and the added cushioning was particularly noticeable at the end of a round. The overall performance is excellent, and the ability to design your own shoes through the impressive Nike iD facility means you can create unique colour combinations that are guaranteed to get you noticed.

Reasons to buy
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    Improved comfort and excellent stability through being closer to the ground and the snug fit on offer.

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Reasons to avoid
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    Even in the simple colours there isn’t an understated option. Some golfers will want more of a traditional style and overall look.

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The Golf Monthly Test Team review the Nike Lunar Control 3 shoes, as worn by World No.1 Rory McIlroy

Nike Lunar Control 3 shoe review

Key technology Worn by world No.1 Rory McIlroy, the latest version of this shoe features a number of changes. The Lunar Control 3 has a lower profile and is lighter. Nike’s Lunarlon cushioning in the midsole offers cushioning under the foot, while Flywire technology wraps around the foot to improve lateral support. The outsole incorporates Nike’s Control Platform, designed to provide added stability when swinging. Colour combinations can be customised using the impressive NikeiD website (£150 per pair).

Will suit Players looking for comfort and stability in their golf shoes.


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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