Most golfers don’t possess the physical capabilities required to swing Tiger Woods’ driver. Or any of his woods or irons, for that matter.
Wearing Tiger’s shoes is entirely different, however. With the June 8 release of Nike’s new TW ‘13 golf shoe, golfers will be able to purchase and wear the exact shoes worn by Woods.
These shoes made their debut in the summer of 2011 when Woods began wearing lightweight prototype shoes. The shoes resembled sneakers, although Woods was under instructions not to talk about the details of the shoes.
Now, after nearly a year of PGA Tour-driven development, the shoes are ready for retail.
For starters, the TW ‘13 is a fullblown golf shoe. It would be incorrect to label it a crossover, hybrid or spikeless shoe.
Each TW ‘13 shoe comes with six replaceable plastic cleats. Six may not seem like many, but consider that the shoe weighs less than 14 ounces. The shoes previously worn by Woods weighed almost 19 ounces.
The shoe features Nike’s Dynamic Fit support system for individual fitted support. Flywire-infused nylon straps extend 360 degrees from the footbed to the lacing system, securing the foot for what Nike calls “an adaptive fit that provides golfers stability with mobility.”
Nike’s Tobie Hatfield, who designed gold shoes for sprinter Michael Johnson in the 1996 Olympic Games, worked closely with Woods to construct the TW ‘13.
The golf shoe was inspired by the Nike Free, a shoe worn by Woods. “We wanted to put natural motion back into the shoe,” Hatfield said
With an MSRP of $220 and an expected street price of $180, the TW ‘13 will be available in black or white. The release comes the week before the U.S. Open at San Francisco’s Olympic Club, where Woods seeks his first major title since the 2008 U.S. Open.