What’s new? How much do they cost? And how do they perform? Ian Backhouse brings you the low down on the new FootJoy Premiere Series Tarlow golf shoes
When it comes to footwear for golf, FootJoy is a trusted name for quality and style. The FootJoy Premiere Packard (named after Footjoy founder Frederick Packard) continues this focus, offering golfers a golf shoe that is hard to match for looks, comfort and performance. So how did we find them? Find out in our FootJoy Premiere Series Packard golf shoe review.
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FootJoy Premiere Series Packard golf shoes review: NCG Summary
Not only are these shoes extremely smart with the hand-selected premium full leather, but they are the shoe of choice for a couple of golfers you may have heard of; Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson.
These shoes offer grip from any lie or angle, with rubber traction elements that offer incredible stability and allow you to torque the ground when you swing.
These shoes offer a high-end look and feel that you will be able to maintain for years if you look after them with regular cleaning and polishing.
- Very smart
- Easy to clean and polish
- Really solid in the swing and underfoot
- The heel of the shoe is quite firm and may need breaking in.
I am a huge fan of their sleek design – a blend of traditional golf shoe looks combined with modern refinement. Lighter than expected for such a supportive golf shoe, this shoe is available in a range of colour options and is fully customisable with options to personalise everything from colour and traction systems through to embroidery – with this flexibility available, whether you’re aiming for a classic shoe look or a more modern feel, these shoes can fit the bill.
The durable leather construction not only adds to the shoe’s aesthetic appeal but also contributes to its longevity. These shoes are built to withstand the demands of the golf course and come with a one year 100% waterproof warranty protection.
A standout feature of the Packard is their extraordinary comfort, and this is a testimony to Footjoy’s strive for excellence as the fit of these shoes is second to none. As you slide them onto your feet, you’ll notice immediately the gentle cushioning that surrounds your foot alongside the support provided by a firmer density cup around the heel; this gives your feet a great feeling before you start your game.
This snug and supportive interior is key, given the potential arduous walking on uneven surfaces that comes with most rounds of golf. The lace-up design (also fully customisable) ensures a secure fit that suits your unique foot shape.
On Course Testing
I was a huge fan of the old FootJoy DryJoy Tour golf shoes, which, despite being discontinued a few years ago, still occasionally pop up on eBay and trigger my alert system. They were firm and excellent shoes for my swing requirements, I was pretty sad to see them go. The Premiere Series look to have replaced them, and I have been looking forward to taking them out on the course for a spin to see if they compare to my old faithfuls.
Performance support from a golf shoe starts with the connection to the ground – the Packard features a stability-enhancing sole. FootJoy have called VersaTrax+, which they believe offers 360 degrees of traction to support forces that come from any direction.
This sole undoubtedly provides enhanced grip, supporting the maintenance of balance during your swing. This feature is crucial for contributing to
maintaining consistency in your shots, particularly in unpredictable weather conditions. Under testing in wet conditions, the shoe allowed no slippage or lateral slide which can be a cause for concern for some.
In addition, FootJoy describe “advanced cushioning technology” as part of the shoes features and undoubtedly as you take the first few steps, there is a sense of “give” as you stride away which can only help support the lower limbs and prevent tiredness the longer your round continues.
The 19th hole
The Packard is also multi-purpose, great on the course, but given its premium design, is equally as attractive in other settings – either in the clubhouse, at events or even other social settings where the well-crafted fine leather appearance and styling will blend nicely with its surroundings.
The FootJoy Premiere Packard golf shoes lives up to the brand’s reputation for quality. The combination of style, comfort, and performance sets them apart as a top choice for golfers who demand the best from their footwear. From the meticulous design to the advanced features, every aspect of these shoes reflects FootJoy’s commitment to enhancing the golfing experience.
Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or a newcomer to the game, investing in a pair of FootJoy Premiere Packard golf
shoe is a step toward improving your performance and enjoying the game in style.
Fit: True to Size/Small/Large/Wide/Narrow
Style: Athletic/Traditional/Off Course Friendly/All Weather/Casual
Out of Box Comfort: 7/10
Value for Money: 9.5/10
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