This is a great time of the year as we get an initial glimpse at which PGA Tour players have switched apparel, shoes, equipment, etc. for 2014.
While this has been a relatively quiet off-season for top players making apparel and footwear switches, one that caught my eye while watching the Hyundai Tournament of Champions Pro-Am coverage from Kapalua on Thursday night was Jordan Spieth’s new Under Armour kicks.
Not much is known about these shoes right now and if you are hoping to slip your feet into Under Armour’s first golf shoe, it appears you’ll need to wait until 2015. (See GolfThreads’ Twitter conversation with Under Armour below).
Jordan Spieth posted a close up (below) of the prototype Under Armour shoe to his Instagram account. It appears that the upper uses Under Armour’s UA Storm technology for waterproofing and features a firm outsole with nine spikes.
Update (March 26, 2015)
The wait for Jordan Spieth’s Under Armour shoe appears to be coming to an end. Under Armour announced on Twitter that they are indeed coming soon.
You can sign up for release updates at bit.ly/19UJjzx .
While the design of the outsole seems to have remained the same (hard sole with a 9-cleat traction system), the upper appears to have undergone some serious design changes over the last year. Most notably, laser perforations have been added to the upper, presumably for ventilation. Also, a prominent external heel counter has been incorporated into the design. From a branding standpoint, the UA logo has been moved to the outside of the external heel counter and a larger version of the logo has been added to the instep.
Update (April 7, 2015)
Jordan Spieth’s Under Armour shoe is now available. It is called the Limited Edition Drive One, and quantities are indeed limited. The white/grey and white/black colorways are not available at the time of this post, and the black/white colorway is only available in a few sizes. Here’s a link to the Under Armour site if you’d like to try your luck.
In the meantime, GolfThreads has received a pair and I’ve already taken them for a spin. Here are a few in-hand pics. More are posted at Jordan Spieth’s Under Armour Shoes Have Arrived: In-Hand Pics.