FootJoy Pro SL Sport golf shoe review
The FootJoy Pro SL family of golf shoes has been with us since 2016 and has quickly become one of the best golf shoes money can buy. Given the franchise’s success, it’s no wonder FootJoy has attempted to add another model to the lineup. The latest iteration debuts an all-new upper, giving the Pro SL the sportier, more athletic look the name suggests. Perhaps aimed at the younger, trendier golfer, is there a Pro SL for everyone now?
My first impression of the Pro SL Sport was how good they looked. Already a nice looking silhouette, the new upper refined the look of the shoe even further in my opinion. The cross hatch and textured effect throughout the shoe further elevates the look making it by far the best looking spikeless golf shoe of 2022. I think the look was enhanced by the brilliant color palette which comes in white/blue/navy is used even further improved color variant that I have tested. There’s also a white/grey/orange option that looks just as sharp. I have tested many golf shoes this year but it is safe to say that the Pro SL Sport had the most positive reaction from my golf enthusiasts this year of any golf shoe.
While looks are subjective, performance is not. One of the main differences between the “regular” Pro SL and the new Pro SL Sport is how much lighter the latter is. It uses an all-new high-performance material upper that utilizes mesh and uses an ultra-thin TPU hot-melt topsheet that is significantly lighter. You can feel it in your hand as soon as you lift it out of the box, but the greatest benefit of this comes after 18 holes. Wearing such a light shoe makes walking the trail that little bit easier on the legs, and I certainly felt less foot fatigue than normal thanks to the lightness of the Pro SL Sport.
It’s worth noting that losing the full leather upper over the standard version doesn’t correlate with a loss in breathability and waterproofing. I tested these on a couple of very warm days on the golf course and found my feet stayed at a comfortable temperature throughout the two rounds. I would even say that the Pro SL Sport is probably more breathable than the standard version, that’s how brilliant the new upper is.
The Pro SL Sport uses the same spikeless outsole as the updated Pro SL 2022 and once again offers excellent traction in a variety of conditions. While I’ve only been able to test the shoe in dry conditions so far, our previous testing of this outsole has proven that it performs stable even in wet conditions. I would say only the outsole of the impressive Under Armor HOVR Tour SL is better than that of the Pro SL Sport.
There’s something about the Pro SL Sport – and all Pro SL shoes in general – that just makes you feel like you’re wearing a correct golfer. Maybe it’s because a lot of players wear these shoes on tour or because they’ve been around for so long, but I just felt like a pro in these shoes. I know that basing my opinion on “vibes” isn’t the kind of expert advice golf monthly Website for, but that’s how I really felt with the Pro SL Sport. However, those vibes can be backed up with some serious performance offerings and brilliant looks.
If you already have a pair of Pro SL from the past few years I wouldn’t rush to buy a pair of these just yet as the differences are negligible. However, if your current pair is looking a bit worn or you have never invested in a Pro SL golf shoe, the Pro SL Sport is one of the best examples of an iconic golf shoe.