PLAY­ING WITH … CALL­AWAY SHOES

Cost: $179.99. Tested by: Jimmy Emanuel, Golf Aus­tralia Writer (GA Hand­i­cap 9.4)

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Bren­dan James and Jimmy Emanuel are both on the fussier side when it comes to choos­ing a new pair of golf shoes. How will the lat­est of­fer­ings from Call­away per­form?

FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS: When I first laid eyes on the Xfer Fu­sion it was im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous why Call­away used the word fu­sion in the name. The shoe blends a mod­ern ath­letic look with a touch of clas­si­cal golf shoe styling and mixes the com­fort of a spike­less model with the sta­bil­ity of a spiked shoe. HOW THEY PER­FORMED: Af­ter try­ing on the shoes and in­stantly notic­ing the com­fort the Xfer Fu­sions of­fered I wore the shoes for the first time dur­ing a walk­ing game of golf, some­thing I very rarely do with golf shoes hav­ing suf­fered the ill ef­fects of not break­ing in shoes be­fore.

In­stead of rue­fully nurs­ing sore feet and blis­ters I was ex­cited to emerge com­pletely un­scathed and came away ex­tremely im­pressed by not only the com­fort of the Xfer Fu­sions but also the sta­bil­ity and all-round per­for­mance of the shoe.

Although other spike­less shoes I have worn in the past pro­vided sim­i­lar lev­els of com­fort, the Xfer Fu­sion stood out due to the com­bi­na­tion of com­fort and a solid, sup­port­ive base that was nei­ther heavy nor bulky.

The sta­bil­ity of the Xfer Fu­sion dur­ing the golf swing ri­valled that of some of the tra­di­tional spiked golf shoes I typ­i­cally opt for. With the small lugs on the bot­tom of the sole feel­ing as if they locked into the ground, I never ex­pe­ri­enced any slip­ping dur­ing a swing or when travers­ing my way around a course that had ex­pe­ri­enced overnight rain.

Over­all the Xfer Fu­sion pleas­antly sur­prised me with their out of the box com­fort and the golf spe­cific per­for­mance of the shoes was faultless.

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