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When it comes to golf I can not state enough how useful a nice pair of shoes are. You will be doing a lot of walking so you have to make sure that they are comfortable, can be used all year round and will last for a good amount of time.
The Greenjoys tick all 3 of these categories. I got my pair given to me when I first started playing golf about 3 or 4 years ago and still have them today. They are so comfortable to walk in (which for me being not a very good golfer) is vital as the amount of walking you do in this game you need them. They are also water resistant. Whenever I have played they have kept my feet dry, which again is very handy.
As stated already I've had them for a good 3 or 4 years (and still going strong) so I can happily say that they will last you a good amount of time. Admittedly I don't play every weekend but I see no reason why these wouldn't last even the most avid of golfers a good couple of years. Mine still look like brand new!
Now the price. It all depends where you get them from. I've seen them in some golf shops for silly prices but you can find them on Amazon for £35-£40 which I think it a very good price!
So if you have not got some already or you need a new pair, you should not look further then some Greenjoys!
All keen golfers will have a good pair of golf shoes tucked away either in their golf bag or in their garage at home. They are an absolutely essential piece of kit, and quite often, you will not even be allowed on the course without a pair. They are designed to keep your feet stationary and immovable mid swing, whilst also keeping your feet nice and dry on the wet ground when you inevitably decide to get caught in a massive rain shower mid round. Footjoy are one of the most recognised brands of golf shoes, and thus, at just £30, these seemed like an obvious purchase to me when my adidas got a bit worn and torn at the end of last summer!!!!!
Obviously, there will not be much difference in performance with golf shoes. Do not think that you are going to buy a good pair and magically hit the ball 50 yards further - that is not going to happen! Thus, they are judged on their comfort and ability to deflect water, aspects that these shoes do very well. I have had them well over a month now, and after some initial discomfot, as the shoe was worn in, they are now a joy (get the pun) to wear. They don't even feel like they are hurting after 36 holes, which I played the other day, and I feel very confident they will remain this way.
As for waterproofness, this is also a positive. I have only been unfortunate enough to get caught in rain once since the purchase, but they handled the weather very well. I took my shoes off in the changing room after the game and my feet remained nice and dry, a big positive.
They are remarkably easy to keep clean, in fact, the shower the other day actually helped this, and the leather is designed to allow grass and mud to come off easily. You may consider some form of protector, but I have not done this and they seem to be coping well.
Footjoy do also have a neat option whereby if you buy online you can personalise your shoe, which adds a nice individual touch to a fairly mundane, if necessary, product.
As I have already stated these retail around the £30, which is a nice price for such a good quality product - I would not hesitate to recommend.
Bit of a boring purchase, but they are necessary, and these do the job well.
Golf shoes are often overlooked as an essential piece of sporting equipment - in fact, many people simply think that their sole purpose (pardon the pun) is to make you look like a 1920's gangster. In fact, the golf shoe will keep you firmly rooted to the ground during the swing, and also keep your feet dry during those nasty rainy days out on the course.
Introducing the GreenJoy...
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GreenJoys are a type of golf shoe made by FootJoy, of which there are a number of styles and varieties - they're basically FootJoy's budget range, and are made from a synthetic upper rather than leather. My pair are identical to the ones shown in dooyoo's picture, and can currently be purchased for £30 online. I would argue that the price is reasonable, considering the fact that golf shoes made by the premium manufactures can frequently cost in excess of £100. My GreenJoys weren't a planned purchase - I was on a golfing trip and had forgotten my own shoes, so I essentially purchased the cheapest pair in the shop, which happened to be said GreenJoys.
Specification & Comfort
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The shoes come as standard with soft golf spikes (seven in total) which screw into the rubber underside - these can be replaced with metal spikes if you prefer - but then again, the metal ones aren't widely used these days. In terms of comfort, the GreenJoys were a pleasure to wear for the first year-and-a-half - lovely and padded around the ankle and heel, without any rubbing around the toes. After a year however, the material at the back of the ankle began to split, and the foam interior started to come out. During that time, the shoes caused blisters at the back of the foot, and I had to wear plasters when I went onto the course. To be honest, for the price, a year-and-a-half is a lengthy enough time, and I feel that I had certainly got my money's worth. The GreenJoys are relatively waterproof - but after the second year, the side of one of the shoes began to split slightly, which did make them a wee bit leaky.
Maintenance & Final Word
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The shoes are really easy to clean, and I used a standard neutral-coloured Kiwi wax to keep them in shape. The only difficulty is getting the entangled grass from the spikes after a round - but then this is an issue with all golf shoes. In the short term, GreenJoys are great golf shoes - they're comfortable, effective, and cheap - however, the lack of quality begins to show through after a year or so (depending on how much you play golf of course), and here, it's the pricer shoes of this world which have an advantage.
~ ~ Most of you will be aware that one of the greatest pleasures in the ‘mad cabbies’ life is my beloved golf. I’m never happier or more content with my lot in life than when I am stepping onto the first tee of a golf course, and preparing to pit my skill (what I have left of it) and wit against the course and my opponents. Every time I do this it’s a new challenge, as no two rounds of golf are ever the same, even when you have played the sport for over 40 years as I have! ~ ~ But here in Ireland, there is one huge drawback to being a golf addict, and that is the climate. Ireland is a small island stuck out here in the Eastern Atlantic, and as a consequence the amount of rain and wind that we get throughout the year is enormous. There’s an old Irish legend that predicts that we will eventually sink into the sea, and with the amount of rainfall we’ve experienced in the past year, I can tell you that I’m really beginning to believe it! If you were to wait until the sun shines here to have a game of golf, you’d probably only get about a half a dozen rounds in the year. So the trick is to adopt the old Boy Scout’s motto, and be prepared. This means the best set of waterproof clothing that money can buy, a good, strong golf umbrella, a sturdy hat, lots of towels, and most important of all, an excellent pair of golf shoes in order to keep the old tootsies both dry and warm. It doesn’t matter how cosy and snug the rest of your body is. If your feet are cold and wet, then I guarantee that you’ll feel totally miserable, and your golf game will suffer as a consequence. ~ ~ And golf shoes simply don’t come any better than those manufactured by Footjoy. They’re stylish and comfortable, and best of all, you get a one-year guarantee that they will retain their waterproof qualities. And they come in all sizes and colours, from plain black or white, to the fancy ‘tw
o-tone’ type if you are a dedicated follower of fashion. (that was an old ‘Kinks’ song, wasn’t it?) The shoes that I’m using at the moment are from their ‘Dryjoys’ range, which for the past decade and more have been the top-selling golf shoe on both the European and US market, with over 70% of golfers wearing them. And not just amateur golfers. A survey conducted at the British Open last year showed conclusively that they are also the golf shoes of choice of most of the professionals. (With the notable exception of Tiger Woods, who gets paid the equivalent of a Third World countries’ budget to wear golf gear from Nike!) Mind you, the pros all wear shoes from the even more expensive ‘Classics Dry’ range, that retail in the shops at between £225 and £250 Sterling. (But which they get for free, naturally!) ~ ~ The Dryjoys that I wear retail at a far more affordable £110 per pair, although if you shop around either on the Web or at one of the golf superstores such as Nevada Bobs or American Golf Discount you can purchase them for considerably less. I bought my current pair during a sale at Nevada Bobs back in April for only €110 (about £70 Sterling) The only real difference between the more expensive ‘Classic Drys’ and the ‘Dryjoy’ range (well, as far as I can tell) is that they use a more expensive and better quality calfskin leather on the more expensive shoes. The leather in Footjoy golf shoes is treated with what they call the ‘AQUAf.l.e.x.™ leather system’ by a company called Pittards. Now don’t ask me what this actually means! I did try to find out for you by a bit of investigation at the Footjoy website, (http://www.footjoy.co.uk) but couldn’t really find a satisfactory explanation of the system. (Maybe it’s a secret?) But what I can definitively tell you is that the waterproofing system DOES work. No matt
er how cold, wet and miserable the day, and no matter how damp, soggy and muddy the underfoot conditions on the golf course, you can rest assured that your wee tootsies will still be in dry, warm pristine condition at the end of the round. There’s a whole load of other technical details at the website, about how they use gels to absorb moisture inside the shoe, and about how they achieve the flexibility and comfort levels that Footjoy are renowned for. But even I found it a little bit hard to understand, to be totally honest, so any of you non-golfers out there would probably think it was total double-dutch. Suffice to say that whatever technical manufacturing processes they are using, they are most definitely working, and doing the required job of keeping a golfer’s feet both dry, warm and comfortable. ~ ~ Of course, golf shoes have another job as well. They have to provide outstanding grip on all types of surfaces, as if your feet slip when you are making a swing, then the chances are very high that your wee golf ball will not go where you intended it to, and you’ll end up buried in a lake, woods, or knee-high rough. (none of which are recommended places to end up!) For this reason, they all have some sort of spike or cleat system on the soles, that give you the necessary grip on the ground to be able to swing the golf club with confidence. Up until the late 1980’s, this was invariably a metal spike system, and it has to be said that most of the top professional players still use these types of spikes in their shoes. But in amateur golf, the spikes are now almost invariably made of hard rubber, and called ‘cleats’. Nowadays, a lot of golf courses actually insist that you wear these ‘cleats’, (another name for them is ‘soft spikes’) or they wont even let you out on the golf course! The reason for this is that the softer rubber spikes tend to cut up the putting surfaces on the green
s far less than the harder metal type, thus keeping the golf course in better condition. The Footjoy range of golf shoes use a system of soft spikes called “Black Widow”, which are generally regarded as the very best on the market. You also get a little handy metal tool supplied with your shoes in order to remove old spikes when they become worn down with use, and you can buy replacement cleats in nearly all decent professional shops at any golf course. (it’s only a five minute job to change them) ~ ~ Well, there you have it folks. Footjoy golf shoes come with the very highest recommendation from the ‘mad cabbie’. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ My apologies for posting this opinion under the category "Greenjoys". But as most of you are aware, it is now impossible to get a new Category or item posted here at dooyoo. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ PS. I just checked out 'Ebay' to discover some AMAZING bargains for Footjoys. Guess where the 'mad cabbie' will be buying his next pair of golf shoes. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Copyright. KenJ. December 2002 ~~~~~~~~~~~~