If you’ve been following Tiger Woods this year, you will have noticed that he switched from 2010 TW Air Zoom to what seemed like an all-white version of the shoe, however there appeared to be no more mesh siding.
Judging from various golf forums, there was a growing demand for Tiger’s shoes. It was a look that went back to basics — traditional style with superior technology. As interest grew a month or two ago, Nike Golf responded to a question about the shoes saying that they were custom made for Tiger. It turns out however, that Tiger was wearing the new Nike Zoom TW 2011, which could beat out my old favorite, the SP-8 TW, as the best TW golf shoe ever invented.
The only issue is that for 2011, Nike Golf is unveiling what looks to be their greatest shoe line yet, making it very difficult to pick the best one. The following three men’s shoes are estimated to be released at the beginning of October. I’m very excited about these three shoes and I can only hope that the rest of the collection is as good. They include the Air Range, Air Tour Saddle, Attack, and Recovery Sandals. We might also get some new colorways for the Air Tour Premium (hopefully the black/yellow colorway for Stewart Cink at the Deutsche Bank), and the red accents on Anthony Kim’s Air Zoom Elite II and Justin Leonard’s Air Tour Premium for last year’s Presidents Cup.
Now onto the preview:
2011 Nike Zoom TW
I am very excited for the new TW shoe. No more mesh, a traditional style with modern features, and subtle red and silver accents.
2011 Air Zoom Advance
Nike has brought back the fully visible air zoom bubble after a brief hiatus. With ventilated sides and black/silver accents, this shoe has the right blend of classic looks and technological advancements.
- Premium full-grain waterproof leather
- Composite nylon and TPU midfoot harness system
- Exposed, maximum volume Nike Zoom unit in heel
- Full-length contoured sockliner
- Full-length Phylon midsole
- Nike Power Platform
- 2-year limited waterproof warranty
- Scorpion Stinger Spikes and Tri-LOK system
Nike Lunar Control
In a previous post, I touched on Nike’s potential to leverage existing technology. With the Lunar Control they’ve done exactly that, incorporating Flywire technology seen in their running and basketball collections, and Lunarlon seen in the Lunar Glide running shoe. My guess is that this shoe will be practically weightless. Count me in for this one – I like the lime green accents.
So far the forums are buzzing. Reception to these three have been great. Only a matter of time until we see the whole collection. Great job by the folks at Nike Golf for a great line so far.