Step On It!
Golf shoes that make you longer? That's no small feat. Woody Hochswender
Golf shoe designers long ago conquered the technical hurdles of waterproofing, breathability and comfort. The next frontier: shoes that enhance stability and facilitate a proper weight transfer. Here's how this technology can kick your game into gear.
FootJoy Dry Joys ($160)
Power point: Super-firm stability PODS on the soles, surrounded by soft "optiflex zones," permit greater flexibility throughout the swing. A fiberglass stability "bridge" keeps you sturdy.
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Puma Swing GTX ($250)
Power point: Plastic "quills" are positioned for customized traction throughout your swing. The quills are set up for a right-handed weight transfer, so southpaws will have to special-order.
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Nike Air Tour TW8.5 ($230)
Power point: A "power platform" outsole has
a "push plate" that provides support during your backswing and an inside plate that flexes to help maintain ground contact during impact.
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Adidas Tour 360 LTD ($250)
Power point: "Low-profile technology" brings
you close to the turf for better feel; 10 cleats (three more than standard) improve grip, and three bands around the instep provide stability.
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