Give Your Feet a Holiday in The New Nike FI Bermuda Spikeless

The New Nike FI Bermuda is a spikeless golf shoe with a mesh breathable upper and fresh Nike styling.

I cleaned these up best I could but these have held up well after about two months as my primary shop shoe.

A breathable summer shop shoe is a welcome comfort compared to spending 12+ hours in a stuffy non-breathable waterproof golf shoe. However, mesh shoes usually don’t have enough structure in the toe box and the platform for me to hit golf balls in. This leads to sore toes on my right foot from my follow through / finish while hitting balls or playing. These actually felt OK after hitting a large bucket of balls so I decided to try them out on the course.

After a few holes, my feet started to slide around in the shoe a bit but I quickly fixed the issue by tightening up the laces. This gave me a more secure fit and eliminated the feeling of swimming around throughout the swing. The spikeless platform provided plenty of grip even on dry dormant Bermuda grass. I even went into a bunker (only to test of course, not because I hit it there) and came out without any sand in my shoes (bonus!).

FullSizeRenderIf you are looking for a new primary pair of shoes for this season, I would go with a more traditional shoe (see my posts on the adidas tour 360 boost) that offers more support and waterproof capabilities (these are not waterproof as they are mesh and breathable). But, if you have a few pair of shoes and are looking for an option to kick around in then these are great.  They even double as a fresh pair of sneakers if you have to run to grocery store on the way home.

The Adidas climacool still gets my vote for best shop shoe for pros (it’s basically a sneaker) but the Nike FI Bermuda takes the lead for those who may find themselves running out onto the course for a quick nine with members or sneaking  away to hit a few balls on the range.

The Next Chapter

This last Saturday was an emotional last day as a PGA Director of Golf.   While I am excited about the next chapter in my life, I cherish the memories and relationships I have been fortunate to gain over the years.

Thanks to everyone who helped me get to where I am today and special thanks to my wife Jennifer, my family and my friends for their support. I am grateful for all the friendships I have gained over the years and appreciate all the kind words you all have shared with me over the last couple weeks. Special thanks to Michael Vanderveer and Dan Johnson for being the two best assistant pros in the biz and great friends.

I look forward to staying active in the PGA and continuing to focus on I appreciated everyone staying in touch and look forward to continuing such great friendships.

Is 2016 the Year of Adidas?

Apparently Adidas was inspired by the dominance Jason Day showed on tour in 2015 and wanted to go on their own run for 2016.   They are the official apparel for the US Olympic Team (see previous post), launched the Tour 360 Boost Shoe and will introduce the Prime Knit Boost Shoe at The Masters next week.IMG_7266

Adidas has capitalized on this early momentum with a very solid spring collection of Apparel.  Adidas golf apparel has done very well positioned as a very sporty and athletic brand but appears to have matured a bit this year. While keeping the sporty fit and colors Adidas has created a soft place to land for the more fashion conscious customer.

A couple features we really like in the early release are the contrast color accent on the collar, placket (button area) and the sleeve of the Climacool line and the new pattern styles of Climachill Shirts.  ClimaChill remains one of the best performing shirts in hot and humid weather and a review on those will be coming in time for the heat.IMG_7265

In Adidas and All Day J. Day (had to get that in there) style the fit is right down the middle. They look good on the athletic player as well as those with a more relaxed fitness regiment.  The more athletic player should look at sizing down though just to see if the fit can improve.

These subtle changes are great touches that make all the difference in looking your best on the golf course.