28 September 2016

Golf Shoes Get Smart

At this year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth didn’t get much attention sitting at T30, but his shoes did. Making their debut at Turnberry, the UA Drive One “smart” shoes recorded Jordan’s total steps, distance, and speed.

UA Drive One are Under Armour’s first-ever custom-made shoe and help to keep the foot cool and dry thanks to ArmourVent perforations which allows heat and sweat to escape. This is further aided by an OutDry membrane laminated to the inside upper shoe which works to keep water on the outer surface of the shoe.

Supported by Champ Zarma Tour spikes with Slim-Lok system for maximum torque, the sole combines natural flexibility and movement with aggressive traction. The shoe is anatomically engineered with an extra-wide outsole that allows the foot to act correctly through a dynamic and powerful movement. Fantastic stability in the heel throughout the swing is provided by the carbon heel counter that helps to lock in the foot and stabilize it during the swing. Meanwhile, Micro G foam delivers ultra-responsive, low-to-the-ground performance for better, natural stability and comfort.

Jordan’s shoes boast a special addition of the SpeedForm Gemini 2: a built-in sensor technology which is used in Under Armour running shoes. The sensor is mounted in the shoe to track movements and comes with tracking bands that relay data to a smartphone. During the final round at The Open Championship, Jordan logged a total of 13,541 steps. This technology makes the Drive Ones the first ever “smart” golf shoes.

Unfortunately, Under Armour don’t yet have plans to release the sensor-equipped Drive One shoe for general retail, but it could be a hint towards the future of golf footwear.


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