I’ve finally gotten around to reviewing the FI Impact golf shoe, and I would first like to give a big thanks to Nike for providing me with a pair in this awesome Military Blue colorway.
Now, if you haven’t seen on the news or read in the papers, its hovering around 20 degrees here in the Northeast, with snow and ice on the ground. But in order to give this shoe a proper review, I wanted to test it in normal golf conditions. So I played a round after Thanksgiving in New Jersey, where it was just under 40 degrees, and then booked a flight to Miami where I just returned from playing three rounds. This review is an accumulation of my notes from all four rounds. Enjoy!
My first reaction was in regards to the color of the shoe. Being somewhat of a traditionalist, all the sportier Nike Golf shoes have had me at a bit of an internal struggle. On one hand, especially with the FI Impact, you look like you might be wearing sneakers on the course, but on the other hand, they are just so darn comfortable. Add to that this bold Military Blue color, and it had me thinking, “can I pull these off?”
With one foot in, I could tell that they were going to be comfortable. As a sneaker enthusiast with several Nike Free sneakers, it was exactly what I expected out of a “Free-Inspired” shoe. A wide toe-box for a good foot dispersion upon impact, a flexible footbed for comfort and a soft upper that made every stride feel at ease.
Traction-wise, I had my biggest doubts, as I am sure many of you do. This was my first shoe with molded soft spikes, and I was not sure what type of performance to expect when I looked at the outsole. I already know that my TW13s have great traction, and my Swingtips are best for pitch and putt and practicing because of the slippage on full swings, but the FI Impact falls right in between.
Bottom of the FI Impact:
The bottom of the FI Impact as shown to the left features a spiked pattern of harder black-colored “spikes” and smaller white-colored studs. In the middle is a flat area that seems to be a departure from their old power channel. For simple walking, there are absolutely no issues. The shoe is stable and comfortable and is an outstanding walking shoe. More on that later.
For my post-Thanksgiving round, the ground was still a bit moist from rain earlier in the week and for the first few holes it really performed well. When I got to the fourth hole where the tee box was a little more saturated, I decided to really open up and power a drive on the par 5. I did notice that just my back foot slipped out a bit, and that is where I think the spikes on say my TW13s or my Lunar Controls would have helped.
Down in Flordia where it was hot, dry, and rife with Bermuda grass, the shoe performed perfectly. Not one slip through three rounds. And while many other reviews I’ve read online say that they never slip, I really think you have to determine the playing conditions and the location of the places you play, plus the type of round you want to have, to see if the FI Impact will be good for you on that particular day.
Here is a pic of the FI Impact in sub-40 degree temps:
Style and Looks:
The moment that pictures of the FI Impact were released, I knew I had to get them. And I knew I had to get them in Military Blue or the Grey version. They are just so out of the ordinary that it was going to be a good break from the traditional golf shoe styles I like. In my first attempt at a colorful golf shoe, I had to go big or go home. With the blue mixed with Nike’s signature Venom Green, I second-guessed myself for a moment. I asked my wife, “Are these too crazy?” and she replied back, “Oh don’t be so boring – live a little!”
And so here are my FI Impacts down in Florida (notice that darn fluffy Bermuda grass!). The Military Blue FI Impacts pair well with white, grey, and black bottoms mostly, and you can see here that I paired mine with white/light blue striped Nike Golf shorts.
One last thing – make no mistake about it, this shoe does not attempt to look like a traditional golf shoe. It looks like a sneaker.
Here’s where the shoe gets its highest rating. I have many golf shoes in my arsenal and I’ve commented throughout the years that one or the other is the most comfortable. I’ve said it about the SP-8 TW, the first Lunar Control, and the TW13. But ladies and gents, it doesn’t get more comfortable that this because of the spikeless platform and the Nike Free shape that they used.
Even my caddie at Crandon Golf Course down in Key Biscayne was impressed. He was wearing a pair of white TW13s and I had him try mine on and he agreed that they were more comfortable for walking.
According to Nike, there’s also a “Dynamic Fit system to help harness the foot to provide the support athletes demand.” Plus the mesh upper kept my feet breathing in the hot conditions. Yet, I didn’t feel a draft in my cold round in Jersey.
The most important takeaway is that these shoes are comfortable. And for those of you with concerns that the shoe is too bold in Blue or Grey, there are also White and Black versions available. As I stated, my one tip is to consider where you play. I suspect for all you golfers in warm conditions this shoe will be a no brainer for you, and for those of you who play in slightly wetter conditions like me, choose when you will use the FI Impact. In either situation, I stand by the performance, looks, and comfort of the FI Impact, and for the price point, I think they are a great golf shoe to have in your stable.
One last tidbit, when I left my last round at Doral, I was driving back to my hotel and I realized I had never taken the shoes off. They were so comfortable that I immediately stowed my clubs, hopped in the rental, and drove away. So what can I say, my feet never wanted to take them off!
Nike Promotional Text
The Nike FI Impact Men’s Golf Shoe features Dynamic Fit technology and a reinforced mesh upper for a lightweight, adaptive fit and stability through every swing. With a Nike Free-inspired midsole and integrated traction pattern underfoot, this premium shoe grips the grass securely while offering natural range of motion.
• Waterproof ripstop mesh upper with TPU overlays for breathable comfort and durability
• Dynamic Fit technology uses Flywire bundles that integrate with the laces for lockdown and an adaptive fit
• Nike Free-inspired Phylon midsole for lightweight cushioning and flexibility
• Rubber outsole with integrated traction pattern for stability and surface grip
Editor’s note: The product reviewed above was supplied by the manufacturer to the reviewer/author free of charge for reviewing purposes only. The opinions expressed in the review are strictly those of the reviewer/author.