The most popular shoe in golf is back. And this time, there are two of them. We put the Pro SL 2020 range through its paces

Adding to the success of the Tour X, FootJoy have released not one but two versions of their best-selling model. Let’s take a closer look at the new FootJoy Pro SL and Pro SL Carbon shoes for 2020…

FootJoy Pro SL 2020: First impressions

FootJoy Pro SL and Pro SL Carbon

I’m a self-confessed Pro SL fanboy and have worn them for years, long before I was working for NCG, so when a new style comes out I’m always anxious about the style changes. Like the Tour X, the side strap, which we’ll learn more about later, doesn’t suit my eye. But this is the Pro SL, once they’re on you forget all about that.

As for how they felt on, the classic comfort of the Pro SL is still there but I definitely noticed more security around the foot and stability throughout the swing.

FootJoy Pro SL and Pro SL Carbon

As for the Pro SL Carbon, I’ve never really worn black golf shoes and after a couple of rounds with these on, I’m not sure why.

The big takeaway though, was the extra comfort provided by the foam collar and thicker tongue. Your feet feel that little bit more snug and therefore, secure.

Now for the techy bit. I promise I’ll keep it short…

FootJoy Pro SL 2020: The technology

FootJoy Pro SL and Pro SL Carbon

The new infinity outsole of the Pro SL means there are more points of contact between shoe and ground – 189 to be exact – and what FootJoy are calling the ‘Powerharness’ works in the same sort of way as the ‘Powerstrap’ on the Tour X in providing more medial and lateral stability.

This combination provides great stability and grip and is the area where I’ve noticed the most improvement.

Pro SL and Pro SL Carbon

There’s a reason this shoe has been named the Pro SL Carbon. As well as the powerharness, there is a full-length carbon fibre inlay on the infinity outsole for even more stability and traction.

And the hits keep coming.

When it comes to comfort, this shoe has it all. The 3D moulded collar and tour-spec tongue are back as is the all important Ortholite Impressions FitBed which gives you that nice bouncy feeling underfoot.

I’m sure you’ve heard enough. On we go…

FootJoy Pro SL 2020: NCG verdict

FootJoy’s latest Pro SL offering is a huge step forward. (Sorry.)

I warmed to the style and you know you’re getting a comfortable golf shoe. Add to that the extra stability provided by the new tech and it’s hard to imagine this shoe will lose any of its popularity.

Pro SL and Pro SL Carbon

In the Carbon, FootJoy have taken on board feedback and essentially designed a more comfortable and stable Pro SL – what more could you ask for?

As soon as you put them on you can tell the difference – they are a joy to wear. And if that wasn’t enough, they perform when you need them to – on the course.

But you have to pay for this added performance and there is a £30 upcharge on the Pro SL Carbon.

They are a great addition to an already impressive line-up and, while it’ll be interesting to see how many take advantage of this option, if you’re a Pro SL fan and don’t want to stray from what you know, there is no real need to.

Now, will either of these replace the Tour X which I’ve barely taken off my feet in previous weeks? Sure, once summer rolls around…

FootJoy Pro SL 2020: The details

Available: February 1, 2020

SRP: £150 (Pro SL), £170 (Pro SL Boa), £180 (Pro SL Carbon)

Colour options: White/Grey/Royal, White/Grey/Charcoal, Navy/Grey/Royal, Black/Lime/Charcoal (Pro SL); White/Grey/Charcoal (Pro SL Boa); Black/Grey/Charcoal, White/Grey/Charcoal (Pro SL Carbon)

More information: FootJoy website

If you have any questions about the new Pro SL shoes feel free to leave a comment or send me a tweet.

Andrew Wright

NCG's instruction editor. Terrible student so trying my hand at passing on some of the best advice I've never listened to. Member of Royal Troon. Favourite golfer is two-time major winner and hall of famer, Retief Goosen.

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