Like many of you, Masters week is my favorite week in golf. It’s also the week where I look forward to all the special things that Nike Golf does for its athletes, and as of the past few years, for its fans too. I believe the customization for The Masters all started with the original Lunar Control in 2011. Nike had released a special version for the Masters that replaced the outsole with a green one. It was a small step in the right direction.
The next year, I started to conceptualize what the next year’s version might look like. My concepts included versions of the Zoom Trophy, and the Zoom TW which I absolutely love. Coincidentally, the top right Lunar Control is somewhat reminiscent of the 2014 Lunar Control 2 for The Masters.
In 2012, however, Nike took customization to the next level by making design changes instead of just changing the colorway. This version of the Lunar Control had the green outsole with broguing on the side and toe of the shoe. They also used green stitching for the swoosh outline and added in green laces. Along with the shoe, they released a Method Concept putter in green and yellow.
In 2013, the TW13 Free-Inspired Prototype came out to much fanfare. With all of Tiger’s tinkering with the shoe, where he reportedly used at least 4 models of the prototype, I had figured that they would do something really special with the customization. But because the shoe was technically a prototype, I believe it really made it difficult for Nike to bring a really customized version to the masses in time for the 2013 Masters. Instead, Nike was able to release a limited edition TW13 with a green outsole, and a subtle yellow lace tab.
For 2014, we not only have one shoe that was customized for The Masters, but three! The TW14, Lunar Control 2, and the all new Lunar Clayton received the special treatment, and it is Nike’s best collection yet. All three are deserving of the customization because they appeal to different looks. This also makes it difficult for me to pick which one I would get!
Which one is your favorite?