Under Armour Phantom Golf Shoe Review

We take the spikeless Under Armour Phantom golf shoe onto the golf course to see how this stylish offering performs

The Under Armour Phantom Golf Shoe line up a putt
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Golf Monthly Verdict

I am a big fan of the Phantom, with the aesthetic of this shoe a real standout. Its sneaker-style look will turn heads on the course and the comfort and stability on offer is excellent, but the tongue-design may feel slightly tight to some

Reasons to buy
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    Great all-round comfort

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    Stylish, unique look

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    Locked-in feel creates major confidence

Reasons to avoid
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    Tongue-design is hard to get on and won't suit those whose ankles swell

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Under Armour have really heightened their golf shoe offering for 2024, with one of the spikeless models receiving an update being the Phantom, a sneaker-style design that the brand claims "is your new go-to golf shoe."

Certainly, from a looks-perspective, I was very impressed with the shoes out of the box, as the knitted upper and rigid plastic on the heel provided a sporty, premium feel. Like most of the best spikeless golf shoes, the Phantom could easily be worn on and off the course and, possibly, be worn for other sports as well.

The Under Armour Phantom Golf Shoe sat up on the grass

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In a bizarre way, and in my personal opinion, the aesthetics of this golf shoe seem to scream comfort. The upper is soft to the touch and, when you look at it from above, gives the impression that it is actually wider - it almost reminds me of a moon boot style, that wide-round look. Certainly, when compared with models like the New Balance 997 SL, I noticed the difference in width across.

Regarding comfort, like the best Under Armour golf shoes, the Phantom features an array of technology, such as a SpeedForm 2.0 sockliner for underfoot support and HOVR cushioning for stability. Whilst on the course, I could feel the support on various terrains and, what's more, the locked-in feel was a handy addition when committing to various shots off the tee and from the rough and fairway.

One slight downside I found is the knit collar. I think it looks great and definitely helped keep my foot secure but, like the Under Armour Charged Curry shoe my colleague has tested, it can be slightly difficult to get on. Also, if you are someone who suffers with ankle swelling, it may cause some discomfort as, although there is stretch in the collar, it remained quite tight even after a number of wears on the course and at the driving range.

The opening of the Under Armour Phantom Golf Shoe

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Moving to grip and, admittedly, when I first looked at the sole, I did think the rubber nubs on the bottom wouldn't be enough. However, I'm happy to report that there was plenty of traction on offer in both damp and dry conditions. Obviously these won't rival the best spiked golf shoes in terms of grip, but it's clear that Under Armour haven't tried to do that, as their spiked Drive Pro and HOVR models fill that void perfectly.

The sole of the Under Armour Phantom Golf Shoe

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The Phantom has a waterproof membrane and one-year waterproof warranty which is good but, personally, I would opt to use these more in the summer months as they go well with both shorts and pants, and are available in numerous colorways, with the Phantom featuring in light and dark colors that should suit all styles.

Overall, there is a lot to like about the Under Armour Phantoms, with the athletic style and excellent comfort providing footwear that excels both on and off the course. If you are looking for a more summer-type shoe then the Phantom is a very viable option.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x