The new TW ’15 shoe, Tiger Woods’ latest signature golf shoe, is the first to feature Nike’s Flyweave technology in the upper.
The TW ’15 is the latest collaboration between Woods and Tobie Hatfield, Nike senior director of athlete innovation. The integration of Dynamic Flywire into a Flyweave upper with a Nike Free outsole is aimed at stability, fit and flexibility.
“The new Flyweave technology provides even more stability and support for my foot, and when you pair that with the Free-inspired outsole, I noticed I can push off the ground better and finish my swing with power,” said Woods.
Flyweave enables the creation of a one-piece upper that is woven to provide greater strength-to-weight support where it is needed most, based upon the demands, or movements, of the sport.
While strong and supportive, Flyweave is also lightweight and flexible.
Nike debuted Flyweave in a basketball shoe in 2014. Even though the dynamic movements of a basketball player’s feet are different from those of a golfer, both require stability and a natural range of motion.
“Tiger epitomizes power,” said Hatfield.
“His power starts with natural motion which begins with unleashing the foot from the ground up. Flyweave gives you that flexibility coupled with support,” added Hatfield.
Due to the lightweight Flyweave technology and the golf-specific Nike Free-inspired outsole, the TW ’15 is 10 per cent lighter than the previous model.
Woods also provided feedback to help designers create an outsole that is 3 m.m. lower than the TW ’14 to maximize ground feel and longer contact with the ground.
An updated process for creating the outsole optimizes the flexibility of the shoe, another request from Woods.
Combined with four replacement spikes, Hatfield utilized Integrated Traction in the toe area of the shoe to offer more flexibility to help Woods harness the full power of his swing without sacrificing traction.
More of Hatfield’s aesthetic design inspiration was based on Tiger’s personal love of diving and spearfishing. His first sketch of the shoe featured star-shaped traction, similar to a starfish.
“That reminded me of Tiger’s love to spearfish and be underwater,” Hatfield said. “Adding the sea elements allowed another part of Tiger to live in the design of the shoe.”
The traction elements in the toe are shaped like octopus beaks, while the rubber in the tip and the heel are inspired by shark scales.
Colourways include university red/black, metallic silver/black and black/white.