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It’s not something that you necessarily think about, but can a golf shoe improve your golf game? 

What if I told you yes, they can, and especially the Under Armour Drive Pro shoes.

The big question is, though, is simple. “How?” There are a number of design factors with this shoe which contribute to some impressive results. 

If the shoe fits

One of the first things everyone wants in a shoe is comfort. If your feet are feeling comfortable from start to finish then that is a win and you can certainly expect that with the Under Armour Drive Pro. As soon as you pop your foot in the shoe, the moulded sock liner is comfortable and fits brilliantly. With Under Armour’s HOVR foam and charged foam technologies combining, you’ll be comfortable the whole way round, without your feet feeling fatigued. 

Under Armour Drive Pro

Energy is key for longer shots

Everyone wants to hit longer shots and using the ground effectively through vertical force is key to doing that. The HOVR Mid Sole system is designed with a softer, energy-returning HOVR foam, which is strategically placed on the medial side, with a more supportive charged foam on the lateral side. This is the only dual-density midsole in golf, helping you guide your feet through the swing and maximise energy so you get the most out of your shots for more distance and power. 

Under Armour laces
Under Armour Laces

You’ve been tying your shoes wrong. Seriously! 

We all know how to tie our shoes correctly, or do we? The new lacing system in the Under Armour Drive Pro is designed in a way to support the tops of your feet in the best way possible. The S3 lockdown lacing and upper has been designed to provide biomechanically correct support from the lateral ball and medial arch.

This will give you best the best stability and support through your golf swing, which all adds up to better, more consistent golf shots.

Under Armour Drive Pro traction
Under Armour Drive Pro traction

Ground control to major drives

If I asked you: ‘Do you think the traction design makes a difference?’ you would probably think it makes a small difference to your game. But, if I told you it can improve the consistency in your golf shots, with longer drives hitting the fairway more often, you’d jump at the chance to have them on your feet. Well, you can get exactly that with the traction design of the Under Armour Drive Pro.

Starting from the ground up, smarter traction is delivered through a combination of Under Armour’s new custom S3 Spikes and the Tour Flex Pro Spike. Developed exclusively for with Champ MacNeill Engineering, the S3 Spikes are utilised in the medial heel and lateral forefoot at the optimal angle to resist rotation in the golf swing, allowing you to harness more power. 

No spikes, no problem

If you prefer a spikeless model, then you’ll be catered for here. The Under Armour Drive Pro has the same innovations in the midsole and the upper but with some notable innovations in its spikeless outsole. The traction control plate and a hybrid outsole utilises rubber and TPU which is has produced torsional rigidity and flexibility. Every spikeless traction point has been mapped to different heights and positions throughout the sole to ramp up performance further. So, what you have here is a spikeless design that provides amazing traction.

The Dream Team

As you can probably gather, the design of this shoe was no quick process. These were laboratory tested to provide the traction and lateral support your feet need to unlock the power of your natural swing. With this shoe design, Under Armour worked with JJ Rivet to build a spike that is more dynamic, including separate “legs” that flex at different rates to offer two levels of traction. The coloured legs contact the ground first, with soft pressure, then the clear legs contact the ground with firmer pressure. With Under Armour working closely with Jordan Spieth and JJ Rivet, they have developed their best shoe to date. 

For more on Under Armour Drive Pro shoes, read our full review. Or, head to Under Armour to find out more.

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James Tait is bunkered’s Gear Editor. Want to know how the latest Callaway driver, Vokey wedge or Scotty Cameron putter performs? He’s the guy to ask. Better yet, just watch his videos on the bunkered YouTube channel. One of the biggest hitters in the UK, James also competes on the World Long Drive circuit and is a descendent of former Amateur champion Freddie Tait.

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