Puma Ignite Articulate Golf Shoe Review

How did Puma's latest spiked golf shoe perform out on course?

Puma Ignite Articulate Golf Shoe review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

A spiked shoe to compete with the very best in 2022. While the improvements on last year's model are minimal, the Articulate provides excellent traction, all-round support and a sharp look to see you through all conditions out on course.

Reasons to buy
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    Comprehensive grip from the new outsole

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    360° support

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    Sharp, understated looks with plenty of color options

Reasons to avoid
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    Very little difference to previous Puma spiked shoe

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Puma Ignite Articulate Golf Shoe Review

While the best spikeless golf shoes have arguably dominated the market so far in 2022, there have been some great examples of more traditional spiked golf shoes released this year. Going up against the likes of the FootJoy Tour Alpha, adidas Tour360 22 and Under Armour HOVR Drive 2, the Puma Ignite Articulate has arrived readymade to be a contender for the best spiked golf shoe of the year. 

The name is quirky, but there is sound logic and technology behind the Articulate brand. According to Puma, it refers to the Articulation Geometry which allows the shoe to move with your foot while still providing strong levels of support throughout the swing. Quite simply, this really works in practice and the Articulate really hugs your foot without being too intrusive - it really does feel like an extension of your foot. It's much like the Under Armour HOVR Drive 2 in this sense, with the Puma being slightly softer underfoot. 

There isn't a traditional shoe tongue either and it is replaced with a single construction that provides plenty of support around the whole foot. There is then a 'cage' - pictured in black across the shoe - which wraps around any foot shape for added support. Much like with the FootJoy Tour Alpha, the shoe really creates a 'locked-in' feeling once the laces are tightened which I found comfortable and not uncomfortably tight. 

Out of the box I was a big fan of the gold/black/brown colorway. I worry about how easy it will be to keep the white Ignite Foam section of the shoe clean in the winter months, but for the dry, summer days I tested the shoe it was easy to wipe clean and keep looking sharp. Speaking of the Ignite Foam - Puma's proprietary midsole technology - it once again performs to provide good underfoot cushioning and energy return. While the overall style and silhouette is very similar to other Puma shoes that have been released over the last few years, it is still a good looking shoe. I would like to see Puma try something a bit different and the Articulate does look and feel cannily similar to the Ignite Cage Crafted from last year. 

A close up of the outsole on the Puma Ignite Articulate golf shoe

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The outsole is comprehensive and probably the stand out feature on the Articulate. It features a brand new traction pattern that features eight Tornado cleats per shoe as well as some plastic nubs surrounding them for added traction. It complements the locked in feeling well and I really felt that, no matter the conditions or lie, the shoes weren't going to slip. It's worth noting that Puma shoes tend to come up slightly small. The Articulate is no different and I went half a size up from normal and found the fit very comfortable.

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Dan Parker
Staff Writer

Dan is a Staff Writer and has been with the Golf Monthly team since 2021. Dan graduated with a Masters degree in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and primarily looks after equipment reviews and buyer's guides, specializing in golf shoe and golf cart reviews. Dan has now tested and reviewed over 30 pairs of golf shoes since he joined Golf Monthly and is an expert in the field. A left-handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 7.8 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. 

Dan is currently playing: 

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Hybrid: Ping G425 

Irons: Cobra King Tec Utility, Ping i59 (5-PW) 

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro

Putter: Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham

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