60 years have passed since Southern California’s last US Open. Only one golf shoe has stood the test of time.
On June 12th, the world’s finest golfers will contest the first round of the 108th US Open at Torrey Pines Golf Club just outside of San Diego. A long overdue return to Southern California exactly 60 years on from 1948 when Ben Hogan strode to his first victory at Riviera Golf Club, Los Angeles.
The FootJoy shoes of the late 1940’s represented the finest traditional golf footwear and set a benchmark for comfort and performance that is synonymous with FootJoy to this day. Today’s top players heading for Torrey Pines can choose from a variety of FootJoy golf shoe technologies, the comfort, stability and light weight of new DryJoys PODS, the unique all-embracing fit of FootJoy ReelFit or the sheer excellence of Classics, the FootJoy shoes whose genealogy can be traced right back to the post-war era and beyond.
And in true Major fashion, FootJoy have created some US Open specials for a number of the players. Some untouchable white, blue and red patent Classics, plus a whole host of MyJoys, both in the Tech and Traditional patterns. Expect to see these on the feet of Zach Johnson, Charley Hoffman, JB Holmes, David Toms and Boo Weekley to name but a few. We’ve even knocked together some one-off SciFlex gloves bearing the stars and stripes! See more exclusive products via our Tour blog.
The return to this region of the west coast was paved back in 1999 when plans were first laid to restore the South Course at Torrey Pines – a public golf course supporting some 60,000 rounds of golf every year – to a level of conditioning that could support a US Open.
With the help of renowned Architect Rees Jones, every aspect of the South Course at Torrey Pines has been overhauled, not least the greens, re-seeded with Poa Annua grass to enable the surfaces to be as fast as the USGA specify for the event. A project that will bequeath a vastly improved golf course to the paying golf public who will continue to enjoy this spectacular facility.
US Open Champion and FootJoy loyalist Angel Cabrera will be at Torrey Pines to defend his title. The wonderful location and meticulous preparation of the course promises a great championship.
If your golf pro or FootJoy retailer has passed a FootJoy bag tag in your direction, then carrying the FJ initials on your golf bag could be the first step on the way to winning a great prize this summer in the FootJoy ‘Tagged by FJ’ promotion.
Tags have been distributed from over 1,000 FootJoy stockists and will become a familiar sight at courses up and down the land between May and July. Over this period FootJoy representatives will be on the look-out, ready to hand ‘spotted’ cards to golfers displaying a tag.
If you receive a card, all you have to do is fill-in your details and send the card back to FootJoy to be included in a monthly prize draw. Each monthly winner will pick-up a pair of new DryJoys along with an iPod music player (in honour of the PODS outsole!). Runners-up will receive new DryJoys and third place winners, FootJoy Trion Z bracelets.
And that’s not all. At the end of the promotion, all entries will go into a draw for a place at the FootJoy Staff Player Day. A true ‘money can’t buy’ prize to play golf at a day hosted by some of FootJoy’s European Tour Professionals at a leading UK venue.
So, if you have a tag, it’s well worth sporting it over the next three months. If you haven’t, then have quick word with your Pro. He may have one or two left!
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Just like in golf clubs across Europe, the word is spreading on the European Tour as to just how well the new DryJoys PODS shoe performs. After the rain in Beijing, a number of players were singing the praises of their FootJoy shoes and DryJoys in particular. Louis Oosthuizen heard enough comments during the weekend to persuade him to order two pairs to try in the coming weeks.
At the Open de Espana, Ignacio Garrido wore DryJoys for the first time in practice and then wore them every day en route to a thrilling finale in the playoff. Paul Waring was also wearing the new shoe and looks set to become a regular user. He particularly likes the sporty look of the DryJoys ‘Tech’ pattern combined with the FootJoy comfort and support. Jeev Milkha Singh has also decided to wear FootJoy’s newest shoe on an exclusive basis joining Ross McGowan and José-Filipe Lima as fully paid-up members of ‘Team DryJoys’.
Following a conversation about shoe fitting in China, Martin Kaymer dropped by at the Irish Open to express delight with his new size of FootJoy shoes. He has dropped a half size and one width (to C) in the Grant last and is testing a B width in the Laser last. He is enjoying the superior support from the snug fit.
David Griffiths has also benefited from a new size – solving serious foot problems he experienced last year. For him dropping to a B width has been the key enabling him to achieve better support across the forefoot.
The last word from the BMW PGA Championship. Gregory Havret who won at Loch Lomond last year came to Wentworth straight from Ireland and discovered that he’d not packed any dress shoes for the Gala Dinner. The only suitable pair in Gregory’s size belonged to FootJoy’s Tour Representative who kindly lent him a pair of Spikeless Classics for the evening.
Service above and beyond the call of duty we’re sure you’ll agree. For more Tour news on a regular basis log-on to the FootJoy Tour Blog.
Synonymous with shoes. Great for gloves. Outstanding for outerwear. Even, spectacular for socks! You know what makes FootJoy, FootJoy. High performance golf products that exude an understanding of the game - and with more than a dash of style thrown-in.
But have you ever thought about FootJoy golf shirts?You’d be forgiven if you haven’t. Which, when all is said and done you might consider a shame, because in the experience of The Comfort Zone, golfers who have the chance to wear the Red Label ProDry or the Performance ProDry Superlite Short Sleeve Collared Golf Shirt become big fans very quickly.
As the names suggest, both feature the exclusive ProDry Superlite fabric which provides SPF 60 UV protection and moisture wicking properties to keep you cool in the summer. The Red Label shirt favours an asymmetric design with contrast colour side and arm panels and a new shorter sleeve fashion cut. By contrast the Performance shirt comes in two spread collar designs, one with Raglan sleeves and three buttons, the second with traditional round short sleeves and a fourth button.
Whichever shirt design captures your imagination, as demand grows, the challenge remains just where to lay your hands on one. If in doubt, as with any FootJoy product or accessory, simply ask your FootJoy retailer. If they don’t have any on the rack, it’s a moment’s work to place an order and you can then find out first hand that FootJoy are also ‘sensational for shirts’.
Having told you just how good FootJoy golf shirts are, the least we could do was to secure some sample shirts for Comfort Zone readers to try for yourselves.
To have the chance to win one of our shirts put the answer to the following question in an email and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Which FootJoy loyalist won the EDS Byron Nelson Championship recently? This stylish Aussie walked to victory in a pair of new DryJoys Traditional style.
Five winners will be drawn from all the correct entries received by the closing date of Friday June 20th 2008. Good luck!
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