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2018 SPIKED GOLF SHOE BUYER'S GUIDE

Golf shoes are changing, and they're changing fast. In 2018 golfers demand a shoe not only look good but also provides comfort, right out of the box. It must also provide stability in the right places and be able to handle the harsh conditions encountered on the course throughout the entire season.

The aim of this spiked golf shoe buyer's guide is to ensure you get the functionality of a spiked shoe with the comfort of your favorite sneaker.

The process of buying anything in today's time has become stressful and time-consuming. We feel the best reviews are those that help you make the right choices and help you get the most out of your time and money. This way you can buy with confidence and eliminate a lot of the guesswork. We are here to help show you how a product will perform before you buy.

One key to our testing protocols is that we test products head-to-head. We select the top products from each category and put them through extensive and detailed head-to-head testing. We test both in the lab and in the field. We score each product across a range of weighted categories. We then rank the products, explain why, and give awards to the best performing products in the category.

Our rankings are based on many factors. This includes the stability provided by the shoe throughout the round. The comfort of the shoe a golfer gets straight from the box and during the swing. The ability of the shoe to resist golf course conditions without breaking down. We also consider the style of the shoe, and the overall fit of the shoe all the way from the heel to the toe. In our spiked shoe category, we also looked at the design and functionality of the traction technology.

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THE METRICS

We're always fine-tuning the process to make sure we're collecting the best data possible. Continuing that trend we've updated and refined this year's analysis to bring you the best buying advice possible.

2018 Spiked Shoe Features Chart

NameMaterialColorsSizingWidthWaterproof
Adidas Tour 360 Boost 2.0Premium Leather77-15M/W2 Year
Adidas Tour 360 EQT BoaSynthetic Leather37-15M/W2 Year
Callaway La JollaMicrofiber Leather58-14M/W2 Year
Callaway CoronadoMicrofiber Leather68-14M/W2 Year
Footjoy Tour SPremium Performance Leather37-15N/M/W/EW2 Year
Footjoy DNA HelixChromoSkin Leather47-15M/W2 Year
Footjoy Hyper Flex 2FlexGrid 3.0 BioMorph58-14M/W/EW2 Year
New Balance Minimus TourChamp Slim-Lok Zarma37-14M/WN/A
Nike Air Zoom PrecisionPremium Leather47-14M/W2 Year
Puma IGNITE PWRADAPT DISCPerformance Mesh37-14M/W2 Year
Skechers Go Golf Pro V.3Smooth Leather27.5-14MN/A
Skechers Go Golf Focus 2Dynamic37.5-14MN/A
Under Armour UA Spieth 2Clarino Microfiber57-15M/W2 Year

We put in hours of testing utilizing data-driven protocols and enhanced metrics.

Over the course of the test, golfers hit balls while wearing each pair of shoes. There were opportunities for breaks in the test to reduce sweat and limit tester fatigue. We also closely examined each shoe, looking at the insoles, midsoles, and outsoles for anything that could limit functionality or comfort.

Stability (25 points) - How much support does the shoe provide throughout the golf swing? Does it stabilize the ankle? If the ankle moves, by how much and in which direction? We also test how far the ball of the foot and toes slide forward and laterally. We find that poor performing shoes allow the foot to move, roll, or slide instead of forcing them to turn. Shoes that performed well have effectively designed heel cups which help lock the ankle into place. These shoes create improved balance by way of the added lower body stability. We also notice shoes with either horizontal patterns and or slicker material on the insole allow the ball of the foot and toes to slide more during the swing.

Comfort (40 points) - Straight from the box do you feel like you can play 9? 18? 36? While many shoes are comfortable while standing or sitting they become uncomfortable when walking long distances. We noticed that some shoes have uncomfortable contouring of their insoles while others had unpliable outsoles. We also examined the length, width, ankle entry, toe box, midsection, and heel cup to ensure that each shoe provided a snug and comfortable fit. The most comfortable shoes feel light on the feet, yet provided the stability needed during the round. Grading will take into account every aspect of comfort and how the shoe fits on the foot

Elements (15 points) - On the golf course, one faces a variety of different conditions. A quality golf shoe must be able to handle these conditions. From dew to mud to rain a golf shoe must be able to keep your feet safe from the elements. The best shoes in this category have well-designed midsoles, uppers, and outsoles that seal the shoe from the elements.

Style (10 points) - Score is established by considering what we believe the majority of consumers would deem stylish, not whether the individual tester likes the look of the shoe. Survey questions provided to testers were developed to combat any brand-driven favoritism on the part of the individual respondent.

Traction (10 points) - No one likes slipping when hitting a shot on a golf course. Therefore, it's critical that a golf shoe keep you grounded when hitting a shot. The best shoes in this category allow the golfer to swing without slipping.

It should be noted; traction is not the same as stability.

Final grades were awarded based on total scores. Best Overall is our highest overall scoring spiked golf shoe, and awards are given to the top five shoes. Also, more specific Best in Class recognitions are awarded to shoes in certain categories (like fit, comfort, and stability) that push the industry's design envelope.

We also give an "Editor's Choice" and a "Best Buy" award to those products that provide value products that compete with the bigger names on performance.

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THE BEST SPIKED SHOES OF 2018

Adidas Tour 360 Boost 2.0

Adidas Tour 360 Boost 2.0

"Editor's Choice"

Stability
2nd
Comfort
5th
Elements
1st
Style
1st
Traction
1st
Score
92.5
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What We Liked

  • Great shoe for stability
  • Well supported heel box
  • Has a raised inner arch for support

Pros

  • Great colorway options
  • Compact shoe for swinging
  • Feel like a pro when wearing the shoe

Cons

  • Slight rub on heel when walking
  • Runs narrow, consider wide options if necessary
Skechers Go Golf Pro V.3

Skechers Go Golf Pro V.3

"Most Comfortable"

Stability
5th
Comfort
1st
Elements
1st
Style
8th
Traction
4th
Score
92
#2

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What We Liked

  • Like walking on kittens
  • Heel box fits just right

Pros

  • Has space for foot to breath, but also stable when swinging
  • The tongue is stitched into the shoe itself which deny’s elements to get in
  • Great shoe for walking the course

Cons

  • Slight slip in heel depending on what size you get
  • Limited colorways
Under Armour UA Spieth 2

Under Armour UA Spieth 2

"Best Spike System"

Stability
1st
Comfort
11th
Elements
1st
Style
4th
Traction
1st
Score
91
#3

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What We Liked

  • Very stable throughout the swing
  • Good style though colorways are limited
  • Fits to size
  • Innovative and effective dual spike system

Pros

  • Good shoe for all elements
  • Maintains stability throughout aggressive swings
  • The tongue is fixed to the shoe, which helps keeps the elements out
  • Enhanced stability platform helps prevent over-rotation

Cons

  • Runs a bit tight from the ball of your foot down
  • A bit stiff out of the box though it does loosen up
Adidas Tour 360 EQT BOA

Adidas Tour 360 EQT BOA

Stability
2nd
Comfort
8th
Elements
1st
Style
5th
Traction
4th
Score
90.5
#4

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What We Liked

  • Easy to get shoe on and off
  • Good fitting shoe, especially for wide footed individuals
  • Supple in material makes for an extremely comfortable shoe

Pros

  • Easy to secure with BOA technology.
  • Side placement of BOA mechanism reduces pressure on top of the foot
  • Great colorway options
  • Outstanding stability

Cons

  • Slight crease from leather and rubs on big toe when walking.
Footjoy Tour S

Footjoy Tour S

Stability
5th
Comfort
9th
Elements
1st
Style
1st
Traction
4th
Score
90.5
#4

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What We Liked

  • Solid section of colorways
  • Well designed and constructed shoe

Pros

  • Great heel support when swinging
  • Stylish offering with broad appeal
  • Enhanced stability platform that prevents you from over-rotating when swinging

Cons

  • Not much give in the mid part of the shoe
  • Just ok for walking
  • Runs 1/2 size large

12-6-winner

2018 Spiked Shoes Ranking

NamePriceStabilityComfortElementsStyleTractionScore
Adidas Tour 360 Boost 2.0$200.002nd5th1st1st1st92.5
Skechers Go Golf Prov V.3$150.005th1st1st8th4th92
Under Armour UA Spieth 2$200.001st11th1st4th1st91
Adidas Tour 360 EQT Boa$230.002nd8th1st5th4th90.5
Footjoy Tour S$249.995th9th1st1st4th90.5
Callaway La Jolla$119.952nd4th11th5th4th90
Footjoy DNA Helix$209.997th3rd1st8th10th90
Footjoy Hyper Flex 2$159.997th9th11th10th1st87
Puma IGNITE PWRADAPT DISC$150.0013th1st13th1st4th87
Skechers Go Golf Focus 2$150.009th5th1st11th10th86
New Balance Minimus Tour$139.999th5th8th13th12th84.5
Nike Air Zoom Precision$180.009th11th8th11th13th82.5
Callaway Coronado$154.9512th13th10th5th4th80.5