Callaway Footwear has introduced its 2014 product line, which is headlined by X Cage-Vibe, featuring the X-Vibe spikeless outsole co-developed with Vibram, and X Cage-Pro with 11 PINS Pro Flex Performance Spikes.
“Our 2014 product line is a tribute to Callaway’s long history as a leader in technological innovations that help golfers play better and make the game more enjoyable,” said Callaway Footwear vice president of Product Jake Pinger.
“In the X Cage product, for example, we set out to make a golf shoe that is as important to your game as an iron, putter or driver,” said Pinger.
The upper design in both the X Cage-Vibe and X Cage-Pro features a TPU stability wrap to enable synchronized movement with the high-traction outsoles throughout the golf swing.
Both outsoles incorporate Callaway’s Triangulated Traction technology, designed to ensure the shoes maintain a minimum of three points of contact with the ground throughout the golf swing for better grip.
Leveraging traction technologies used in extreme mountain climbing, the X Cage Vibe’s spikeless outsole features Vibram’s XSTrek performance rubber compound. The grip achieved in this outsole has been vetted through testing at Vibram’s Performance Testing Center. .
The Vibe outsole is the culmination of Callaway’s and Vibram’s combined research into maximizing traction as weight transfers during the golf swing.
That research shows a lateral traction element, or power wall, that stores energy as you load on your back foot on the backswing and then again on your front foot through the downswing.
Triangulated traction elements ensure that three points of contact with the ground provide maximum traction on both feet as your weight transfers mid-swing, the research concludes.
Both X Cage models also feature Superfeet insoles through an exclusive two-year agreement for golf footwear.
“Your feet are your point of contact with the ground. If your feet aren’t stable, your game will suffer.” said Pinger.
“Superfeet Elite in the X Cage-Vibe and the Superfeet Pro in the X Cage-Pro feature deep, structured heel cups that help stabilize your foot and keep your body aligned to transfer maximum power through your swing,” he said.
Clay Gary, vice president of marketing, added, “by wrapping your foot to Superfeet insoles and our state of the art outsoles, with X-Cage, we give you the highest levels of traction and stability in golf in both a spikeless and soft spike version.”