I’ve been a big fan of Nike Golf’s athletic golf shoe designs since they introduced the Air Rate back in 2010. Nike then followed up with the Air Range in 2011 and the Lunar Ascend (see pics here and here) and Lunar Swingtip in 2012, all of which I’m also a big fan of. So when I saw the FI Impact was coming out, I took notice and was really looking forward to the release date.
Nike Golf released their new FI Impact Golf shoe back on August first, and the shoe has already made it’s appearance on tour. Kevin Chappell has been sen wearing the shoe in the PGA Championship and FedEx Cup events, and last week Suzann Pettersen wore the women’s model (which she’s been wearing for a while now) in her win at the Safeway Classic. A few weeks back Nike Golf sent me a pair of the FI Impact shoes to test and review, which I’ll be doing in coming weeks.
The “FI” stands for “Free-Inspired”, and the FI Impact follows the tradition of lightweight comfort found in the Nike Free line of running shoes. My first impression of the shoe out of the box is it’s very light, a bit lighter than the TW14 spiked model, and very comfortable — as comfortable as the TW14 if not a bit more so for me. Their is plenty of room across the forefoot (at the ball of the foot), which I particularly like. Some of Nike Golf’s earlier athletic golf shoe designs ran a bit on the narrow side for me, but that now seems to be a thing of the past.
The FI Impact seems very stable, and when laced the shoe really cradles the foot tightly. The integrated traction seems sufficient to prevent any kind of slipping, but I’ve only tried these on the carpet — I’ll need to report back after I’ve worn these for a few rounds on the course. I definitely feel in touch with the ground with these shoes on my feet, just as I do with my Nike Free running shoes. The sole also has a hint of an argyle look to the traction pattern, which I think is kind of a cool throwback design.
I do wonder how this shoe compares with the TW14 Nike ID summer integrated traction/molded spike version, both in weight and comfort — perhaps one of our readers who has tried both shoes can let us know in the comments below.
I’ll update this post or post a separate review after I’ve had a chance to test these live on the course.