This website has been online for 5 years now and during that time I have never written any sort golf equipment review. Iâ€™m not really keen on jumping into such a heavily populated pool, so Iâ€™ve always avoided it. That said, I recently bought a golf product that I love so much I feel compelled to comment here.
NOTE: Let me first start by saying that I have no equity stake or affiliation with any golf equipment or apparel company. I do not accept advertising on this website and I do not participate in the â€śPay Per Postâ€ť industry. This post, like everything at TheItinerantGolfer.com is simply a guy talking about the game of golf out of pure adoration and love for playing. Ok, now onto the review.
I believe that golf is a game best played walking. Since I walk over 100 rounds a year I have long been obsessed with finding comfortable shoes to play in. Early this year TRUE Linkswear, a relative newcomer to golf footwear, launched a product called the TRUE phx. After witnessing the love-fest that has surrounded TRUE Linkswearâ€™s products for the last year I decided to order a pair of the new phx model. When the shoes arrived a few days later I was surprised to find that they were incredibly well made and much higher quality than I had been expecting for $99.
Once I actually put the shoes on I was even more impressed. TRUEâ€™s barefoot platform is based on the idea that less is more and I think they just may be on to something. I was blown away by how comfortable my feet felt in these shoes with their minimalist design and wide toe box. Maybe there is something to the TRUE love-fest. Before I could be 100% certain I really needed to take the shoes for a spin on the course.
Since it is the dead of winter here in Virginia I had to wait about a week before taking my shoes on their maiden voyage. When I caught a nice weather day I threw on my TRUES, hit a bucket of balls on the range and walked three holes to see how they felt. Well, they felt great . . . unbelievably great. So great in fact that I rushed home and ordered a second pair. Consider me fully converted. I played a full 18 hole round in my TRUES this past Saturday and they were absolutely incredible. Simply put they are the most comfortable golf shoes I have ever owned and maybe even the most comfortable non-golf shoes as well!
The only shortcoming I can find with the TRUE phx is that they are water resistant and not 100% waterproof. Of course, at a retail price of $99 (through Amazon.com or the TRUE website) we cannot have everything and if you want waterpoof shoes the TRUE tours and TRUE stealth models offer this feature. Iâ€™m sure with the success of the phx model that TRUE will be releasing a fully water proof version at a slightly higher price sometime in the near future. Also of note is that Ryan Moore is wearing TRUES on the PGA Tour, so I also expect to see some new color options and limited edition models on his feet throughout the course of the 2012 season. I can’t help but wonder how long its going to take for the next PGA Tour player to catch on and start wearing TRUES.
Looking at my old golf shoes right now I am counting 11 pair, so I think itâ€™s fairly safe to say that Iâ€™ve kissed a lot of frogs over the last couple of years. Fortunately that exercise is over, so the only question remaining is what do I do with all of these????