A very impressive offering from Under Armour that ticks all the boxes
Incredible comfort and stability from a shoe that's lightweight too
The laces aren't long enough to give much slack
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Under Armour HOVR Forge Shoe Review
The aesthetics and styling of Under Armour shoes are certainly appealing and the brand makes some of the most technologically advanced and comfortable shoes in golf.
The same can be said of the Under Armour HOVR Forge design which we recently put to the test at Essendon Country Club, as well as a few rounds after too.
Comfort is by far and away the most important consideration when it comes to golf shoes. Yes, looks are important – the style you choose enables you to bring a splash of colour and personality to the golf course – but I’d never wear a pair that resulted in blisters or premature foot fatigue. Some things just aren’t worth compromising on.
The good news with the Under Armour HOVR Forge is that compromise isn’t a word you need to entertain. The visuals are appealing and modern – a mixture of white and grey with tasteful orange accents – without veering into garish or outlandish territory, while the comfort is as good as a lot of shoes on the market.
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Normally, the dull ache under feet starts on the back-nine but we came off the golf course feeling nothing whatsoever. The strategically placed UA HOVR foam cushioning is largely responsible for this, providing comfort and returning energy to help stave off tiredness.
Often, some degree of stability is sacrificed to provide comfort, but that’s not the case here. Granted, we didn’t endure any rain during testing, but the HOVR Forge coped admirably with uneven lies and we don’t recall slipping once. The patented Rotational Resistance outsole no doubt helped in this regard.
Nothing is perfect, of course, with the laces possibly being slightly too short, but that’s the only minor gripe on an otherwise excellent golf shoe.
Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email email@example.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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