Nike Lunar Control 4 shoes

Rory McIlroy helped design them but did they deliver for our test team?

Nike Lunar Control 4 shoes
Golf Monthly Verdict

These shoes are ideal if you prefer a modern look, like to feel stability when you swing and comfort when you walk. The stylish is aimed more toward the young-at-heart golfer that likes bright colours and standing out from the crowd.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent stability and grip during the swing is joined by ample comfort under foot as you walk between shots - the dream combination.

Reasons to avoid
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    The split tongue is a nice idea but is a little thin, causing the laces to dig in to the top of your foot if you are wearing thin socks.

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The Golf Monthly Nike Lunar Control 4 shoes review, a pair designed with Rory McIlroy to help use the ground more effectively via a stable base during the swing

Key Technology Designed in conjunction with Rory McIlroy, the fourth generation of the Lunar Control shoe focuses on stability, grip and comfort. New for this model is Dynamic Nike Flywire technology – which provides lateral support in the midfoot – as well as a robust external heel counter that helps lock the foot in place for better stability. A split tongue provides relief while walking. There are four colourways, including this new blue option launched more recently.

Will Suit Young, stylish and dynamic golfers who need high levels of grip and stability.

Nike Lunar Control 4 golf shoes

The new Nike Lunar Control 4 golf shoes

GM Review It would be safe to assume this shoe is aimed at the younger golfer or ‘modern athlete’ from the colours and the oversized Nike Swoosh on the toe. The styling will divide opinion, but it isn’t distracting and it adds to the shelf appeal.

There’s plenty of substance behind the design. The upper is synthetic, rather than leather, so it won’t stretch or change shape over time. As such, the shoes are ready to wear out of the box. The idea is to create a solid, stable platform from which to swing – something fast swingers will certainly appreciate.

Pyramid-style nubs on the outsole provide extra grip, and, despite the solid construction, the LC4 shoe is perfectly comfortable, thanks to the insole foam cushioning underfoot. While the midfoot fit is quite wide, the free cables that house the laces pull in around that area to minimise foot movement, while still allowing the toes to wiggle.


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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.

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Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

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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