By Jason Bruno
Nike's Lunar Control 3 - high performance footwear inspired by world #1 Rory McIlroy.
Recently I returned from another trip to Bandon Dunes Resort, and as a walking only
facility it was the perfect opportunity do some golf shoe testing. Just before we headed
west, the folks at Nike had sent over their new tour shoe - the Lunar Control 3. There
aren't many golf shoes worthy of such a trek along the rugged South Oregon coastline.
This was my kind of product review, world class golf and the latest in premium golf
footwear all in one.
Our test model came in white/Lyon blue. The LC3 is true to size, no need to go
up or down a half size. Lunar Control 3 is available in eight different colors, and
infinitely more when you use Nike's customize it tool. The waterproof microfiber
synthetic leather is durable and provides superior protection from the elements.
There are 4 key criteria for me when testing out a new golf shoe, and hopefully
before you purchase your next pair of golf shoes you read reviews like this to determine
whether a particular model is right for you. Very few shoe models come up aces on all 4
of these characteristics: 1) Max comfort, there is no substitute for happy feet . . .
especially when you're toting your own gear 18 or 36. 2) Do they support your feet
properly, preventing injury when you swing aggressively. 3) Do they provide the best
performance and durability to hold up for hundreds of rounds, which equals value.
4)Aesthetics, although subjective, it says alot about you. Lunar Control falls on the
sporty side of the style spectrum which is the trend these days. Not much worse than
the golfer who shows up wearing sweet threads and that dingy pair of old shoes that
were layin in the trunk long past their prime.
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Back in January Nike Golf Shoe designer "Dice" Furuya had explained to me in detail
the changes to the new Lunar Control 3, and was emphatic that it was World #1
Rory McIlroy that had a big part in the redesign. "Rory wanted us to increase stability
in the shoe, to achieve that - we brought added traction to the outside of the leading
edges of the shoe and added an additional spike. Rory is really pleased with the new
model and especially its added stability and traction."
Rory McIlroy's thoughts on the new LC3: "I love the look of the shoe and how
much lower to the ground it makes me feel," McIlroy said. With the increased
traction and stability I am able to be more aggressive with my swing, and do not
have to worry about slipping."
Comfort & Performance:
The first round on foot with the Nike LC3 was an afternoon on Bandon Dunes. Usually an
orthotic user because of chronic heel spur pain, I wanted to test the shoes simply with
a pair of Kentwool socks. My First impression after walking the front nine - extreme
comfort and stable especially while toting a pull cart over and around dunes in extreme
winds. Although my feet are relatively narrow, the Lunar Control 3 fit snug and provided
a wide and low profile. The following day walking 36 holes through the woods of Bandon
Trails and the rugged coast line of Pacific Dunes (again in 40 mph winds), my feet held
up great, and so did the shoes. The Lunar Control 3's kept my feet on the ground (even
on the most aggressive moves into crosswinds), and had my legs, hips and feet ready
to go the next day for the hike around Old Mac. In fact, I never went to pairs two or
three that I brought. When I played at Gamble Sands in Brewster, Washington the day
after the U.S Open, and the following day several hundreds of miles back across the
state in Shelton (at Salish Cliffs), I never gave it a thought. The Nike LC3 were still
the go to pair. Safe to say the new Lunar Control 3 passed all 4 keys with flying colors.
Nike's Flywire wraps the foot for lateral support.
The Verdict: When you go play an important or special round - What pair of golf shoes
do you choose? You don't choose the pair that hurts your feet, or the pair that slips on
the turf when you make an aggressive swing, or the shoes your feet move around in.
One might say that I have a fairly large rotation of golf footwear, and yet I find myself
continuously reaching for the Lunar Control 3 each time I go play. Honestly, one pair of
these isn't enough. Retail for the Nike Lunar Control 3 - $170
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