About FootJoy Hyperflex
Inspired by the Leonard P. Zakim suspension bridge in Boston, the FootJoy HyperFlex golf shoe features a never-before-seen, wholly engineered material known as FlexGrid that’s claimed to provide both comfort and the lateral stability necessary to support the unique movements of golf. Because of this, the FootJoy Hyperflex is claimed to be the #1 shoe in golf, and to “let you perform at your highest level.”
The Hyperflex is available in laced and BOA styles (more about this in a moment), and is used by professionals such as Hunter Mahan, Graham Delaet, Zach Johnson, and more.
If you grew up during the 80s (OK, we’re dating ourselves here), you might remember Reebok Pumps, which featured an adjustable air chamber for a custom fit. As it turned out, while they did provide some fit customization, they were largely just a gimmick.
With this in mind, is the FootJoy Hyperflex just an updated, golf-specific version of the Reebok Pump? In other words, can you realistically expect the shoe to help you play better out on the course, or is it just expensive hype? Consider the following:
More About FootJoy Hyperflex’s Technology
From the ground up, FootJoy’s Hyperflex golf shoe is brimming with one-of-a-kind technology.
This begins with the use of Tornado Cleats’s SoftSpike Fast Twist System on the sole, which is mated to FootJoy’s Next Evolutionary Outsole (NEO). This is claimed to be made using TPU that provides flexible, yet durable, underfoot traction.
From there, an Optimized Performance Stabilizer (OPS) is present in the back of the Hyperflex, which is claimed to provide rear foot support and motion control.
A picture of Hyperflex’s Optimized Performance Stabilizer (OPS).
In addition, FootJoy claims that the Hyperflex’s softer, lighter Fine Tuned Foam 2.0 midsole provides “supercharged cushioning and a hyper-flexible forefoot” for the ultimate in support, stability, and comfort.
But the Hyperflex’s flagship technology is their FlexGrid system, which consists of 2 layers. The first layer is a “tight-knit, lightweight, soft, flexible, waterproof mesh” that provides an even balance between comfort, breathability, flexibility, and airflow. This layer is supported by the FlexGrid exoskeleton, which is claimed to conform “to the foot and allow it to flex and expand, but is also strong enough to keep the foot from rolling laterally during the golf swing.”
In the end, the Hyperflex’s unique design is claimed to provide you with the comfort of an athletic shoe, and the support of a high-performance golf shoe.
Finally, some models of the FootJoy Hyperflex feature the company’s unique BOA closure system, with a built-in dial on the back of the shoe that can be turned in either direction to loosen or tighten your laces, which can provide you with the perfect fit in order to help you play your best.
Who is FootJoy?
As a division of the Acushnet Company, FootJoy is a sister company to some of the biggest names in golf, including Titleist, Pinnacle, Scotty Cameron, and more. However, FootJoy has been making products since 1857, and currently manufacturers a line of golf shoes (including the HyperFlex), gloves, apparel, socks, and accessories.
Is the FootJoy Hyperflex Scoring Birdies with Customers?
All around, it appears that FootJoy’s Hyperflex golf shoe has a very positive online reputation with customers.
Golfalot.com reviewed the FootJoy Hyperflex, and appeared to be pleased with the shoe. They did note that the Hyperflex’s thick sole and high heel will put you about 0.5cm higher off the ground than a normal gold shoe, although it was comfortable, light and flexible, but with plenty lateral support when swinging. The author also noted that the Hyperflex kept water out well and required little to no break-in time. Also, they mentioned that the plastic spikes provided good grip when out on the course, but still felt “normal” when walking on firmer surfaces.
However, the review did mention that the Hyperflex contains a lot of crevices for mud and dirt to get into, and the large white soles might be difficult to keep pristine.
Golf Digest noted that the Hyperflex works well at keeping your feet planted on the ground throughout your swing, while Plugged In Golf was impressed by the quality of the shoe, noting that “the performance is a great blend of modern athletic shoes and traditional golf shoes.” Overall, they were very pleased with the Hyperflex, but made sure to note that it certainly isn’t the lightest option out there.
PGA professional Mark Crossfield released a short video review of his FootJoy Hyperflex shoes, and noted that they were very comfortable right out of the box, and that their waterproof ability is second to none. He also noted that the Hyperflex feels very stable (even moreso than some of FootJoy’s more traditional golf shoes), but that they are more difficult to keep clean than traditional models.
From a company perspective, FootJoy/Acushnet holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, with only 1 closed complaint (as of 3/17/15), which referenced difficulty having a putter customized.
FootJoy Hyperflex Pricing & Refund Policy
The laced FootJoy Hyperflex golf show is only available through third-party retailers in both adult and junior sizes, and is priced between $70 and $180, depending on which retailer you purchase the shoes from.
On the other hand, the BOA HyperFlex models are priced around $210.
With this in mind, refund policies will vary by retailer, although the Hyperflex does come with a 2-year waterproof warranty directly from FootJoy.
Who Might Benefit Most from Using the FootJoy Hyperflex?
Chopping to the Point: Overall, it appears that the FootJoy Hyperflex can be used effectively on any type of golf course, although with its waterproof design and massive cleats, the shoes might be especially useful in wet/muddy conditions. However, as we noted above, cleaning up your Hyperflexes afterward might be a bit of a chore.
When it comes down to it, it appears that most golfers (whether amateur or professional) recognized that the FootJoy Hyperflex represents a fairly big leap forward in golf shoe design. However, because the Hyperflex appears to be breaking new ground, the non-traditional design might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
On top of this (as with most high-quality golf equipment), the Hyperflex comes at a steep price; one which may not provide you with a good value for your money if you’re only an occasional gol