FootJoy XPS-1: A whole lotta sole!
New FJ range to harness explosive power
Posted: 1 October 2011
There’s no doubt the new XPS-1 shoes from FootJoy have sole. Not the kind of soul message that comes from deep in the heart but enough stability in the outsole to nail you to the tee at impact.
XPS – ‘eXtreme Platform Stability’ – is a groundbreaking pattern which the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf manufacturer says has been engineered to deliver superior levels of traction and balance.
As well as bold, athletic styling, the XPS-1 uses an extra-wide design extending beyond the shoe’s leather upper for maximum ground contact and combines with other technology to prevent heel slip and promote shock absorption. The shoes are custom-fit for comfort, too.
Padraig Harrington hasn’t worn another pair of shoes since being introduced to the XPS-1, while PGA Tour player Gary Woodland, who boasts a ball speed in excess of 200 miles-per-hour, says they’re the most stable he’s ever worn.
“Having proper footwork is critical to golf. For me, balance is everything. With the XPS-1, I can get explosive and fire off my right side.”
Says FootJoy’s European marketing manager, Russell Lawes: “XPS-1 is an exciting new addition to the FootJoy family. Almost every golfer who took part in rigorous testing reported they felt a greater sense of stability, balance control and were able to strike the ball with greater confidence,”
FootJoy will make the white and black option available for December 2011, with further options in red and in blue from January.
RRP £195 www.footjoy.co.uk
Golfmagic’s Alex Perry attended an exclusive FJ press day where got to try the XPS-1s. Watch this space for his thoughts.
Very sexy, but £200???
Posted: 01/10/2011 at 22:35
They look like trainers you get off the market, dont like them.
Posted: 01/10/2011 at 23:21
Well maybe if you have a swing speed of 120 then maybe you need extra stability but for us mere mortals hardly. What about all the pro's moving to the comfy ' lounge' trainer with simply just dimples on the bottom, even tiger has done this. No sorry it's all just more marketing #+@# we can do without, so that a no from me! :-)
Posted: 02/10/2011 at 00:46
There'd be a hole in my soul if I had to pay £200 for something to stabilize my impact position!
Posted: 02/10/2011 at 06:51
I'd rather nail my feet to the ground
Posted: 02/10/2011 at 07:42
My greenskeeper would be happy as they look they would be carrying around half the grass cutting on my course in the sole.
They also look taller in the sole ... I wonder if that also affects impact position ;)
Posted: 04/10/2011 at 08:36
Let's not forget that for every person saying they wouldn't pay £200 for a pair of golf shoes, there's a person who would. How else would Albartross make any money?!
All the top-range golf shoes cost between £100 and £200, hardly surprising folks.
Posted: 04/10/2011 at 09:04
Let's not forget that for every person saying they wouldn't pay £200 for a pair of golf shoes, there's a person who would.!
7 posters here who wouldn't, don't see 7 who would.
Posted: 04/10/2011 at 12:25
AP, are you suggesting that these footjoys are as good as a pair of handmade Italian shoes?
Posted: 04/10/2011 at 12:29
Newnick: That's because, 99% of the time, people only write to be negative about something
Dan: It was a tongue-in-cheek comment. But the point stands, people spend silly money on golf stuff.
When I was a kid, it was all about football boots. Four or five players on my team would go out every year and spend £150+ on the latest Adidas Predators. But for each of these guys, there was someone wearing a pair of £30 Umbros from Sports Soccer because "they do the same job".
Posted: 04/10/2011 at 14:35
£100 is my normal price.
For this I get style, comfort, dry feet and quality.
Why pay anymore when a ton is enough?
Posted: 04/10/2011 at 20:31
Got to agree with AP, although I might baulk at £200, I currently play with either a pair of Tour 360s - cost £110, or Adipures, cost £125.
Most I've ever paid for a pair of street shoes is £49, and that was this year.
Posted: 04/10/2011 at 21:26
My DryJoys will do me for a while. I paid £99.
Posted: 04/10/2011 at 21:38