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The FootJoy HyperFlex certainly does that with a great combination of comfort and stability and I can see this being just as successful for FootJoy as the DNA with those who prefer a sportier look.
If you’ve always loved the quality of FootJoy shoes, but want more modern looks and features, the HyperFlex is for you. This shoe is as light and flexible as almost any athletic-type golf shoe, but it retains the structure and stability that such shoes often lack..
I’ve been gaming the HyperFlex golf shoes for half a year and counting. After roughly 70 rounds of golf, they’re still comfortable and still provide superior stability and traction.
Overall the Hyperflex is a very well- designed, traditional (in function only) golf shoe. That I’m not over the moon with it is merely a reflection of the sort of high standards I expect from any tour shoe bearing the “FJ” emblem.
So you absolutely dominate the golf shoe market despite a ton of new companies trying to chip away at your base. Bright green and blue will definitely draw attention, albeit they are very similar in looks to many running shoes (just not many golf shoes). So for the record, I think FJ makes solid shoes, and models like the DNA are prime examples of a tour level shoe. However, I am not a huge fan of the mesh and not just from a style point of view. My office may be a disaster, but I like to keep my golf bag and equipment super clean, which means I typically wipe down my shoes after every round. In the case of the Hyperflex, the mesh makes it really hard to maintain that new shoe look as a damp towel will just not do the trick. After some experimenting I did find that I could use a hose to flush most of the dust and dirt off, but with pollen season just around the corner, I do worry that keeping these shoes clean will be quite a chore. So while the FJ Hyperflex may not be ideal for those who like to wipe down their shoes, the mesh outer skin does serve a purpose, namely to give you flexibility and structure at the same time. I don’t hate them, it just seems like they have added bells and whistles that I don’t really care about and/or cannot really determine what purpose they are serving? Why, then, just fine. When I put on the FJ DNA shoes, I instantly knew they were a tour level shoe (and you can see them on tour). Maybe that’s unfair, but compared to other $180 golf shoes, I just don’t think they have the ‘wow’ comfort factor. The Hyperflex is a fine shoe but for me it misses the mark on a few important levels
The many released designs of the Footjoy are the building blocks of its legacy as one of the leading producers of golf shoes. The Hyperflex is one of the products that is living proof that fashion and a lot of panache makes one trainer stand out. Technology is deeply embedded in this product's DNA. Each part of the shoe is engineered with the most advanced innovations that the brand has under its belt.
Flexgrid upper, partnered with Optimized Performance Stabilizer, and built with Laser Plus Last compose only the upper portion of the shoe. The midsole and outsole tell another story. These two work in tandem as the Fine Tune Foam 2.0 creates a stable cushion and base for the foot.
The outsole of the Footjoy Hyperflex exhibits that it is far from the ordinary, even at first glance. Its design is futuristic, and its purpose is more advanced than the regular outsole. It sports the extreme Next Evolutionary Outsole (NEO), which provides additional traction while assisting in aiding flexibility and durability. The NEO also works complementary with the SoftSpikes Tornado Cleats. These spikes brag about the stability, support, and Fast Twist locking system it provides. Replacing the cleats, as well as getting a replacement, shouldn't be a struggle for golfers.
The Fine Tuned Foam that is located in the middle of the outsole and the upper is a signature to FootJoy golf shoes. The cushioning system delivers comfort and gives a great deal of energy return that springs the foot into a perfect swing.
The Hyperflex, however, sports an improved and beefed-up version. It extends on the outsole, and since each curve is deeper, it is more out there than the previous one. This design provides a broad foundation to stabilize the swing. What is also unique about the 2.0 version is that the heel is a bit higher, which boosts comfort to another level.
The exterior of the shoe holds another story. The Flexgrid system is an attention-grabber, but its function is enough to steal the golfer's attention. The technology features a high-performance exoskeleton that has high retention properties to increase lateral stability during the swing.
The back portion of this golf shoe is equipped with OPS or the Optimized Performance Stabilizer. It creates a strong base on the heel and ankle to prevent it from slipping, especially when the foot rotates when making a swing.
The shape of the Hyperflex is also different and unique to most FJ golf shoes. Built with a Laser Plus Last, the shoe possesses a full-rounded toe character and a slightly narrow heel. While this is an unconventional type of construction, it makes sense as it accommodates the expanding toes and secures the heel when making radical movements.
The grid-like pattern that encompasses the entire upper is the piece-de-resistance of the Hyperflex. Other than the functionality of the FlexGrid 2.0, it also creates a statement-worthy accent that is enough to stand out on the course.
Compared to the usual simple golf shoe in the market, it may be flamboyant for the liking of others. However, it is not over the top that golfers would find it hard to pair with other items of clothing. The Hyperflex remains to uphold a versatile style that is enough to transition through different seasons, conquer different weather conditions, and adapt to different types of golf courses.
- The inspiration behind the design of the upper was drawn behind the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge of Boston. Non-Bostonians would most likely refer to it as the bridge next to the TD Bank Garden, home of the Celtics and Bruins.
- A one-year waterproofing warranty is granted for this particular model.