Written By: Chris Conley
Normally we start a review with an overview of the company before getting into a review of the product, however if you haven’t heard of FootJoy you probably shouldn’t be on the golf course to being with. If you close your eyes and someone mentions FootJoy to you, if you are like me, in your mind you are picturing a traditional saddle style shoe. Anyone growing up golfing has surely owned a pair of saddle styled FootJoy’s and loved the comfort, in recent years FootJoy like many other companies has broke away from only offering that style and has really pushed the limits on golf shoes. FJ is now offering golf shoes in all shapes and styles, from loafers, to tennis shoes, to sandals; however until the Hyperflex all of these have been spikeless models. The Hyperflex is a tennis shoe styled spiked shoe designed for both comfort and ultimate traction on the golf course.
The first thing you notice about the shoe is the overall design and boldness of the shoe, whether you are looking at the Green/Blue model or the traditional Black/White model these shoes pop, and stand out among the ever growing crowded golf shoe market. I commend FJ for pushing the limits on style, with brands like Puma, TrueLinks and numerous others straying away from the classic golf shoe design and going bolder, FJ was ahead of the game as normal and that is very evident in the Hyperflex. The Hyperflex is the first tennis shoe inspired spiked golf shoe from FJ, it gives you the athletic style with the traditional golf cleat support.
Before I get into my opinion of the shoe, lets go over the four main features the shoe has built in:
1) FlexGrid 2.0 Technology – When you first see the shoe, you notice the entire shoe is covered in mesh in a grid shape, this mesh helps to retain stability and helps to keep the foot from sliding during the swing, as well as helping to aid in the waterproofing of the shoe, which comes with a two year waterproof guarantee.
2) Soft FTF 2.0 Cushioning – When you look at most shoes the sole and sides of the sole look to be made of a hard rubber, with the HyperFlex that sole and sides are made of a very soft Foam. If you press on the side of the shoe you can feel the foam indent and then pop back out when you let go. This foam cradles the foot and allows for better stability through out the swing.
3) Extreme N.E.O Traction – When you take tornado re-moveable spikes and surround them with built in non-re-moveable spikes you have the most gripping golf shoe I’ve ever put on.
4) Optimized Stability – On the back of the heel you will find a hard plastic that is design to secure the ankle and heel through the swing, these parts of the foot do not need as much flexibility through-out the swing so that is why you see the hard plastic here and soft mesh through-out the rest of the shoe.
5) Colors – These aren’t really a feature of the shoe but colors offered are always important the colors offered are below.
Ok you have all the information on the shoe, now AGG’s opinion on the shoe. A little background first if you were to bump into me on the course, you would 9 out of 10 times find me in a pair of spikeless Puma or TrueLinks, I’ve always been more comfortable in a spikeless shoe and think it fits my swing a little better. That being said the first thing I obviously noticed was the traction/grip you get with these shoes, you could play golf in a tornado that came a day after a hurricane, and not have a worry in the world about grip through your golf swing. The grip/traction is the strongest in any shoe I have ever worn on the golf course, so much so that it took me a solid 25 wedge shots on the range to even get used to them. When you are used to a spikeless shoe, and jump to the Hyperflex you’d be suprised how much it effects your golf swing. On top of the traction you also sit, in my opinion, anywhere from half an inch to an inch higher than other shoes, so when wearing these you have to know that going in. In all honesty it took me a full round to get used to the difference, and now I love the traction. When your first put on the shoe you notice that the shoe is very narrow and a much different fit than other golf shoes I have worn, however you get to used to that very quickly. As far as the abundance of stability offered in the Hyperflex I was worried you would lose comfort but that couldn’t be further from the truth. When you put the shoe on and give it a good tighten with the shoe strings, your foot feels locked in but you still have room to move your toes and feel comfortable in the shoe, the foam sole makes it feel like you are walking on a cloud. I will be honest there isn’t a more comfortable golf shoe on the market than any of the TrueLink shoes I’ve tested and the Hyperflex did not match that comfort but it is a very comfortable shoe. One minor downside to the shoe is the mesh on the outside, while I do believe it gives better stability to the outside of your foot, it makes the shoe a lot harder to clean; you can’t simply wipe it down with the a damp towel like you can smooth golf shoes. This shoe is stylish, comfortable and full of traction/grip for your swing, if you prefer a spiked shoe the Hyperflex is one of the best on the market in the more casual golf shoe style market.
Look for our give-away of these bad-boys coming very soon!
You can find more on the HyperFlex HERE
More About the Author - Chris Conley
Chris is the founder of Average Guy Golf, he plays at an 11 handicap and has recently changed from TaylorMade to an all Ping line up, besides his Xenon putter. Chris who is 34 started, playing golf when he was 15 and one Mr. Eldric Tiger Woods hit the scene and made golf popular. He has a daughter who is 4 and loves going to the golf course, and practicing with her new Pink golf clubs that Santa brought her. Chris's goal with the site is to make your next round more enjoyable regardless of your score.