FootJoy's reign as dominant shoe on tour continues
News from FootJoy this week tells of an impressive shoe count at the Shell Houton Open. While D.A. Points wore the XPS-1 to his second career win, 17 others in the top 22 finishers at the pre-Masters event also wore shoes from FJ.
D.A. Points, victorious at the Shell Houston Open, pictured Dufnering in his FJ XPS-1 shoes. (Halleran / Getty)
With a wider variety of golf shoes available to suit every taste, FJ counts entrants in an astounding 11 separate categories.
For example, while D.A. Points chooses the XPS-1 for its stability, others like Ben Crane (T4) choose the Contour Series™ for its superior comfort and flexibility. Bill Haas, who finished T10 at the SHO recently tried the FJ Sport, calling them "they're the most comfortable shoes I've worn." Finally, second round leader Steve Wheatcroft opted for FJ's new M:PROJECT™. Here's the list of the 17 from the top 22 who wore FJ:
1 D.A. Points (XPS-1, SciFlex)
T2 Billy Horschel (FJ ICON™ MyJoys)
T2 Henrik Stenson (FJ ICON)
T4 Ben Crane (Contour Series)
T6 Brian Davis (FJ ICON/FJ Sport)
9 Jason Kokrak (FJ ICON/FJ Sport)
T10 Brendon de Jonge (FJ ICON)
T10 Bill Haas (FJ Sport)
T10 Louis Oosthuizen (DryJoys Tour™)
T10 Lee Westwood (FJ ICON)
T16 Angel Cabrera (FJ ICON)
T16 Bud Cauley (FJ Sport)
T16 Cameron Tringale (FJ ICON)
T20 Charley Hoffman (FJ ICON/M:PROJECT)
T22 Doug LaBelle II (DryJoys Tour)
T22 Robert Streb (FJ ICON)
T22 Steve Wheatcroft (M:PROJECT)
FJ's golf shoe market dominance shouldn't really come as a surprise, especially when the dominance of a single FJ model shoe in the general market is taken into consideration.
As recently as two years ago, FJ outsold all other golf shoe manufacturers models combined, which speaks to the depth of FJ's distribution network, consumer brand recognition, and last but not least, product peformance.