12 handicap GM reader Graham Johnson tested out the new FootJoy Performance Shoe Fitting System powered by BodiTrak to find out if he was using the correct shoe for his game
As the pioneers of shoe fitting, FootJoy has taken it a step further with the launch of the Performance Fitting System. They have teamed up with BodiTrak, specialists in pressure mapping systems, to develop a special mat that measures a golfer’s centre of pressure and how it moves during the swing.
The data collected from just three drives then goes into a sophisticated algorithm and recommends a structured shoe, a mobile shoe or somewhere in between based on how the weight moves through the swing and where force is applied to the ground.
We took three Golf Monthly readers along to FooJoy’s HQ in St Ives to try the new system out, find out which shoe was best for them and see if they experienced the benefits.
Meet the Tester Graham Johnson 12 handicap Home Club: Bolton Old Links Current shoes: 2014 DryJoys Tour Fitted for: 2016 DryJoys Tour
Fitter Analysis “Graham has a wide variety of FJ shoes in his wardrobe so was interesting to see what type best suited his swing. On the PFS it was clear that structured was best for him and he was pleased about that because he’s worn DryJoys Tour for a number of years, one of the most structured in the FJ range. He was delighted that the system reaffirmed his was wearing the right type of shoe for his game.”
Tester Feedback “I’ve been wearing FJ DryJoys Tour in size 9 nearly all my life, so it’s reassuring to know they haven’t been holding me back. I was surprised at the findings of the shoe fitting, as I came down to 8.5, but when I tried the shoes on it felt like the shoes were moulded more around my feet.”
“Out on the course, that half a size made a massive difference, there was no movement inside the shoe whatsoever and they were much more comfortable to walk in. They were light, protected my feet from the elements and I really enjoyed how stable they felt.”
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 87 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 3.3.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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