Since the start of the 2011 PGA Tour season, Nike athletes have been seen sporting a very cool new offering from the Nike Golf footwear collection. The hottest shoe among Nike athletes on the PGA Tour this season is the new Nike Lunar Control. Already in 2011 four Nike athletes have won while wearing the Lunar Control — Charl Schwartzel, John Cook, Jhonattan Vegas and Paul Casey. In fact Paul Casey was instrumental in the development of the Lunar Control, and you can read about his involvement with the project here.
The Lunar Control brings the best of Nike’s most current shoe technologies to Nike Golf’s footwear collection, making them available to the recreational golfer in this new, breakthrough shoe design. Several weeks ago Nike Golf sent me a pair of the Lunar Control shoes to test and review, and I share my findings with you here.
The model I tested was the Black/Silver/Black colorway, and the first thing I noticed out of the box is how light the Lunar Control is. The shoe is solidly constructed, but it is very lightweight. It is a traditional design with progressive details, a nice mix of conservative and modern materials and styling in one great looking shoe. The first time I tried them on I was impressed by how comfortable they are right out of the box, and I couldn’t wait to get out on the course and test them under playing conditions.
The Lunar Control incorporates two of Nike’s most current cutting-edge shoe technologies: Lunarlon and Flywire. Nike’s patented Lunarlon foam cushioning system, seen in Nike’s running shoe collection, allows the shoe to have a lower profile (be closer to the ground), and still give maximum comfort. Nike’s Flywire technology, inspired by the engineering benefits of a suspension bridge and seen in Nike’s Basketball, Football, Soccer and Running categories, is incorporated into the saddle and secures the foot to the footbed of the shoe while keeping the shoe light in weight. The combination of these two technologies effectively anchors the player to the ground and creates a solid base for the golf swing. The sole combines molded traction elements with removable/replaceable Tri-LOK Scorpion Stinger spikes.
The Lunar Control incorporates both traditional and modern design elements. The shoe is constructed of premium full-grain waterproof leather and comes with a 2-year waterproof warranty. The overall look is clean and sophisticated, but the exposed Flywire fibers in the saddle are a progressive touch. The silver and black Lunarlon foam cushioning system and the clear sole material add to the modern appeal of this shoe. Overall the Lunar Control is a great mix of traditional and contemporary shoe design.
Right out of the box these shoes were very comfortable for me. The support is great and the cushioning is superior. The Lunarlon foam definitely does its job, cushioning every step and making this a great shoe to walk a golf course in. They were very comfortable in my first round wearing them and required no breaking in.
The Lunar Control was true to size for me and fit perfectly. In my first round on the course they molded to my feet quickly, and after a few holes I tightened the laces just a bit, then didn’t have to give another thought to how these shoes fit.
This shoe really performs on the course — the best way I can describe the Lunar Control is it feels very stable. The Lunarlon foam and Flywire combine to create a solid, comfortable playing platform. Standing over the ball my feet felt securely in touch with the ground under my feet, and I felt like I had a great foundation for my golf swing. They feel great through the entire round, and make walking the course (or the walk from the cart to the ball) a pleasure.
The Lunar Control is sure to be one of Nike Golf’s top-selling shoes for 2011, and it’s definitely my shoe of choice for the upcoming golf season. The combination of Nike’s cutting-edge shoe technologies has resulted in an extremely comfortable, great performing golf shoe. If you are looking for a new pair of golf shoes for the 2011 golf season, I strongly urge you to give the Lunar Control a test drive, you’ll be glad you did.
Editor’s note: The product reviewed above was supplied by the manufacturer to the reviewer/author free of charge for reviewing purposes only. The reviewer/author was not paid for this review, and the opinions expressed in the review are strictly those of the reviewer/author.