Equipment: Rory McIlroy’s new Nike Lunar Control Vapor golf shoes
Rory McIlroy has been heavily involved in the development of Nike’s Lunar Control golf shoes for a number of years and working on the new Nike Lunar Control Vapor even helped him rediscover his mojo.
In mid-August, McIlroy and his performance team escaped to the Bahamas for five days of concentrated practice and training.
McIlroy also used the relative seclusion for final testing of Nike Golf’s latest shoe: The Nike Lunar Control Vapor with a unique traction system inspired by the tread on snowmobiles.
He ended the summer with a brace of wins — the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Tour Championship to claim the 2016 FedExCup.
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve played golf in spiked footwear, and up until two years ago those spikes were metal,” McIlroy said.
“Through its drive to innovate and bring the sport to new places, Nike has created a new traction system that provides me with a stable base to push off the ground and deliver the distance I need off the tee.”
The new traction system, which was first introduced in the Nike Flyknit Elite, decouples the medial heel and lateral forefoot area to help propel the athlete through the swing.
The articulated channels also allow for better balance while keeping the golfer lower to the ground.
A unique TPU tread features a protruding series of tooth-like tracks allowing for more points of contact for maximum traction that continuously engage with the ground as weight shifts from heel to toe.
That means it is both effective in a bunker and friendly on the green.
In the Nike Lunar Control Vapor, Nike’s new traction system is married to a full-length Lunarlon midsole and Nike Flywire. Combined these elements help keep the foot stable, and cushioned, through the swing.
There’s a lightweight premium microfiber upper with a 2-year waterproof guarantee to keep feet dry.
The Nike Lunar Control Vapor, available in men’s and women’s sizing, will be available online from November 22.
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