Footwear Science: Adidas Golf Shoes

Adidas started out as a humble company. Before selling many shoe collections like Adidas golf shoes and other sports equipments, Adidas was formerly known as the Dassler Brother Shoe Factory, founded by the brothers Adolf and Rudolf Dassler. Since electricity wasn’t always available before World War II, the brothers had to use manual-powered equipments. After the first sponsorship success of Adidas, when a U.S. sprinter wore the shoes made by Adolf and Rudolf Dassler and grabbed four gold medals afterwards, the brothers made it big selling more than 200,000 pairs of footwear annually. After that, the growing tension between the brothers led to the formation of two rival companies, the Adidas AG owned by Adolf and Puma, founded by Rudolf.

Adidas was sold to Bernard Tapie in 1989, then acquired by a state-owned bank wherein Tapie borrowed the money he used to buy the shoe company in 1992. A year after, a friend of Tapie, Robert Louis-Dreyfus, bought the company. Years later, the company acquired new shoe brands, went through several expansion projects, and started out selling Adidas golf shoes in 2005 (after selling The Salomon Group brand that was acquired in 1997). Recent acquisitions of Adidas include Reebok and Five Ten.

Adidas Golf Shoes

Adidas Golf Shoes Aside from football, basketball, and athletics, Adidas is becoming more popular in the line of golf shoes. They also make golf bags, and other golfing accessories. Nowadays, Adidas golfing shoes boast of many kinds of footwear technology that ensure improved performance on the field. Here are some of the popular Adidas technologies used in golfing footwear these days.

Torsion System

This technology is delivered through an arch used in the golfing footwear to allow forefoot and rearfoot movements. This helps the foot to adapt in different kinds of environment on the field. This improves stability in swings.

Formotion

This technology involves outsole parts with zones that move freely. This improves balancing in swings while keeping a natural feel in walks.

Traxion

Adidas Golf Shoes This shoe technology is composed of secondary lugs to prevent slippage on all kinds of surfaces on the course.

Climaproof

This technology involves two shoe layers – with one removing moisture buildup inside the shoe and the other composed of a waterproof material.

Climacool

This Adidas golf footwear technology provides all-around ventilation that keeps foot dry and comfortable.

Adiprene

Placed under the heel, it gives a lasting impact absorption feature to provide more comfort. It also improves footwork since it has a fast reactive response compared to other materials used in golfing footwear.

Adiwear

This technology is used in the outsoles of Adidas shoe to improve durability and performance. A non-marking rubber is perfect for consistency and balance.

adiTUFF

This is a non-marking and abrasion resistant material placed on the toe area of the footwear. It also serves as a design material, which is perfect for casual and professional golfers with fashion in mind.

The price of Adidas golf footwear ranges from $100 to $200, with the Adicross II as the cheapest in the shoe collection. The spiked Adicross Tour collection is the most expensive line of golfing footwear of Adidas, available in the company’s store website and other licensed distributors.

When it comes to popularity, Adidas comes up second in Amazon’s golfing footwear best sellers, along with brands like ECCO, Puma, Nike, and Callaway. Many casual and professional golfers love the traction technology applied on Adidas golfing shoes.

The Adidas Men’s Puremotion Golf Shoes is one of the best sellers from the Amazon online store. Many agree that the soft spikes of the footwear are perfect for greens, but it’s also great to use even on rainy days. Most shoes coming from Adidas are visually great, but the lightweight and waterproof features receive more favorable reviews.

Here the available golf shoe collections of Adidas:

Adizero Tour

This is marketed as the lightest ten-cleated golf shoes to lessen fatigue when playing long hours. Light materials including the SprintSkin, PeBAX SPRINTFRAME, FitFOAM, and CLOUDFOAM are used in this collection.

Pure Motion

This is composed of lightweight and breathable materials for more comfort and flexibility. It is equipped with an anatomical shape form to provide a natural fit. It also uses the Climaproof technology for waterproof protection.

Crossflex

This golfing shoe is perfect for all kinds of weather. The Climaproof technology used is great for rainy days on the field together with the lightweight EVA spikeless outsole for cushioning and flexibility.

Adicross II

The Adicross II uses the adiWEAR and Advanced Traction Technology for better traction, power, and stability on the field.

Adipure Motion

This is a new collection from Adidas that uses lightweight materials for lesser fatigue and injury. The X-HEEL Pattern provides more stability compared to the Pure Motion collection.

Tour 360

This is another addition to the new Adidas golf shoes collections, featuring microfiber leather for more durability and comfort. The ground-adapting outsole of the golf shoes is perfect to use in any kinds of golf course terrains. There are several models to look at; Tour 360 ATV, Tour 360 Lite, and Tour 360 ATV M1.

Adicross Tour

This golfing shoe uses the Puremotion Contruction TPU technology that enhances stability through natural feet motion. The CLOUDFOAM provides long-lasting comfort.

Endorsement Partners

Like its rival company Puma, Adidas made lots of endorsement partners throughout the years, teaming up with football players and teams in the company’s early years and venturing to other kinds of sports afterwards. When it comes to golfing products, Adidas also made partnerships with many professional golfers.

Brandt Snedeker

He is an American professional golfer who turned pro in 2004. He’s a 6-time PGA Tour winner and a winner of the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award in 2007. His first PGA Tour success came in 2007, winning the Wyndham Championship with a 2-stroke margin. He’s currently using the Adicross Tour collection.

Mark Wiebe

Mark Wiebe is a professional golfer from the U.S. who played on the PGA Tour. He’s a 2-time PGA Tour winner and 4-time Champions Tour winner, winning recently in the 2013 Senior Open Cup against Bernhard Langer. He’s promoting the Tour 360 ATV in his games.

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