I received a beautiful pair of Nike Zoom Trophy golf shoes in November but the snow storms that rocked the Northeast kept them in the box for almost two months. Just over a week ago, however, I was in sunny Arizona, playing five rounds in five days and testing the Zoom Trophy shoes in desert conditions.
Here are my findings:
The first thing I noticed out of the box is how supple the leather looks. Compared to the matte leather on my SP-8 TW Tours, the Zoom Trophy has an upper that has more of a pebbled, full-grain look. The Zoom Trophy shoes also have a very classic look. From the top view, there are no distracting lines and the all-white color means it goes well with virtually anything. Lastly, the Zoom Trophy has a modern saddle which is a newer take on the traditional saddle golf shoe.
With all the new models this year which incorporate technology and modern styling, the Zoom Trophy is one that maintains a good balance between old and new. With the new Zoom TW, Zoom Advance, Zoom Vapor II, Lunar Control and Zoom Elite II representing the more modern line, and the Tour Premium, Air Tour Classic, and Air Tour Saddle representing the more traditional line, the Zoom Trophy fits nicely right in the middle. The no frills look, especially in all-white or all-black gives this shoe one of the most simple and stylish designs in the entire footwear line. However, the white shoe is also available with a variety of saddle colors including green, orange, blue, and red. I chose the all-white colorway.
What makes the balance of style and technology great is that Nike has put the classic leather upper on its Power Platform seen on most of its golf shoes. The Power Platform is known for stabilizing the foot for better balance, smoother weight transfer, and more power through impact. In addition, the saddle acts as a lateral support system so your feet don’t move from side-to-side. I found this to be beneficial for long drives when I wanted more power transfer. The inside of the shoe includes a full-length contoured Poron sockliner that molded to my feet pretty well after five rounds. The Air Zoom unit in the heel also provided really good cushioning for uphill and downhill walking. Lastly, the shoes feature the stinger spikes which grip turf really well, but will leave some marks on soft greens when the spikes are still fresh.
One of the great achievements with the Zoom Trophy is that once I put them on, it felt like I had already broken them in. The feel that they immediately gave me was just like my SP-8 TW Tour, which until now was my all-time favorite Nike Golf shoe (and I’ve had many of them over the years). During my second round, I walked the North Course of The Gallery at Dove Mountain, which had me walking long distances between holes, as well as up and down long stretches of terrain. For only being the second time I wore these shoes, they really gave me the comfort I needed on this long course. I was truly impressed.
Not much feedback here. The Zoom Trophy fits true to size and is ready for the course right out of the box.
I was very impressed with the performance of the Zoom Trophy. After playing five rounds in five consecutive days, my feet were feeling great. They felt so great that I could play tennis right after. I know some pros had some trouble with blisters after walking 36 holes at the Sony Open, but I truly think the Zoom Trophy would have held up to the test. After all, it worked for Anthony Kim.
The Zoom Trophy is a classic shoe that performs. The full-grain leather gives it that premium look and when combined with the all the technology that Nike Golf is known for, the result is a shoe that looks and feels great. The Zoom Trophy is a great shoe for someone looking for performance with a subtle and sleek look.
Editor’s note: The reviewer/author was not paid for this review, and the opinions expressed in the review are strictly those of the reviewer/author.