Naturally, being the best is FootJoys mission. Maria Bonzagni, Director of Marketing, FootJoy Gloves & Accessories, elaborates: Our goal for our products is to increase the enjoyment of the game by providing golf shoes, gloves, socks, outerwear and accessories that offer superior comfort, fit and performance. While other companies may view these products as accessories, we view them as vital equipment for the head to toe consumer experience and performance on the golf course. I couldnt have said it better myself.
Rob Kelley, Director of Brand Marketing for FootJoy, sheds light on how quality is assured throughout the line. Our products are rigorously and continually tested to ensure that every pair of shoes and socks, each glove and outerwear item exceeds the expectations of the best players in the world.
For this reviews purposes, I tried out FootJoys point of contact products, namely gloves, shoes and socks. Ill start right off by saying I cant measure the relative performance of a pair of socks, so Ill leave it to an observationtheyre extremely well made, keep my feet dry, and look great with the rest of my golf wardrobe. Theyre the antithesis of your run-of-the-mill gym sockstheyve got élan in abundance.
And as Lieutenant Dan said in Forrest Gump, dry socks can be the difference between a live grunt and a dead grunt. Similarly, dry socks can be the difference between an enjoyable morning golf round and a miserable five hours of frigid feet. I chose an especially cool, dew-filled morning to try them out.
The socks and shoes together passed the dry testand I didnt baby them. When Id hit a ball astray into the weeds (several, actually), I went after it, moisture filled wetlands or not. I didnt find the ball, but my feet stayed dry! Sometimes you have to find solace in little victories
The gloves and shoes are easier to test, so my results will provide for more comparison to other brands. Ive always favored FootJoy Sta-Sof gloves, because they seem to fit best, are softer than other brands, and oddly enough, last longer (for as soft as they are, I thought theyd wear out easiestnot true). For this test, I tried out FootJoys newest glove, the F3fit, feel and flex.
As a note of explanationthe primary reason Ive paid more for FootJoy gloves over the years is because some of the cheaper brands arent cost effective to buy. Its hard to quantify, but they always seem to wear out quickly in the pad of the hand as well as in the knuckles. Theyre also not nearly as comfortable (speaking specifically of the ones with imitation leatheronly the real cabretta leather feels like itself). The FootJoys often cost twice as much (speaking in comparison to the cheap fake leather gloves), but Ive used them on average twice as longand they simply feel better.
Another over-used clichéyou get what you pay for.
So, essentially, I was pitting the new F3 glove against the older Sta-Sof glove. The F3 certainly has the qualities of the older modelits comfortable, water resistant, and durable. Performance-wise, I noticed little differenceboth are excellent. But if I had to choose, Id still prefer the Sta-Sofprimarily because of fit and it lasts just a tad longermaybe my particular hand; maybe its habit; but I think the Sta-Sof rates just a smidgen better. Either way, its a clear victory for the FootJoy brandand just goes to show, its hard to improve on the best.
Speaking of the best, in the shoe category, I tried out a pair of FootJoy Classics Dry, Premier series. Its a pair of golf shoes unlike anything Ive ever ownedin fact, this footwear is better than any shoes Ive ever owned. In looks, style and feel, theres no matching them.
This hand-made in America product features premium calfskin constructionwhich not only looks superior, its incredibly comfortable. Not just for show, the shoes also offer Black Widow cleats (by Softspikes), which not only anchor your feettheyll grip on the slipperiest of slopes. You wont have to worry about losing your traction with these thingsyour feet arent going anywhere you dont want em to.
Its hard to believe, but if I took the spikes off, these would probably be my best pair of business shoestheyre that impressive (and I got the 50013 style, which is jet black). Dont tempt me to wear em to the office.
I will mentiontheyre not inexpensive, but again, if you want the best products and pay for them, youll end up with the greatest value more often than not. Theres a two-year limited waterproof warranty that comes with each pair, but Im guessing you wont need it. This footwear will wear out before they let in water. Combine the shoes with the socks, and youre as dry as the Sahara in summer. Contact points are preserved, what more can you ask for?
To sum up, contacts important in the game of golf, because its where your body meets the course. The elements arent always friendly, eitherand in those instances where theres precipitation or any other watery obstacles, youll want to have the best on your side, and on your skin. Thats why I chose FootJoy, and it didnt let me down.
So go make contact with your nearest FootJoy dealeryou wont be sorry.
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