A New Era in Lightweight Golf Footwear – Adidas ZG21


Today’s golfers demand a lot from their golf shoes, and Adidas, the #1 in sports apparel, kept hearing that there was something missing from theirs. Whether it was one of their TOUR Professionals or an everyday golfer, they all wanted the same thing, a high-performance spiked shoe that was lightweight and comfortable. The shoe guys at Adidas took that as a challenge to not only fill the void that players wanted, but also create something exciting that would stand alone at the top and launch a whole category of spiked footwear.

After nearly two years, multiple prototypes, configurations, and infusing their latest technologies to get everything right, they are introducing a shoe that ushers in a new era of performance golf footwear for Adidas- the ZG21. It’s their 2021 offering that gives golfers of all skill levels a high-performance spiked shoe that’s lightweight with zero compromises.
ZG21 is the lightest spiked footwear model to feature BOOST cushioning. It is up to 20% lighter than comparable models and significantly lighter than competitors’ golf shoes. But just being lighter isn’t enough!
“ZG21 is truly a breakthrough feat in spiked footwear,” said Masun Denison, Global Footwear Director at Adidas Golf. “We were able to combine the latest and greatest materials, innovations, and manufacturing processes without sacrificing anything. It changes the game for those who love spiked footwear.”
Beyond the clean, fast and sleek design, ZG21 is packed with new technology:
Lightstrike-a first in golf, this cushioning is 40% lighter than any EVA foam in the market while also providing shock absorption and quick recovery, perfect for golf where stability through the swing is critical. It’s been used in other sports categories like basketball and tennis, and when coupled with their BOOST cushioning, gives players lightweight comfort and stability with every swing and step.
Sprintskin-a lightweight and waterproof (1-year warranty) four-layer upper that combines innovative textiles and polyurethane films for breakthrough performance.
Ultra-Light Stability Fin-a new lightweight and durable TPU insert created in the lateral sidewall that offers increased lateral stability and a locked-in-feel thought the swing.
Swingplane Traction-inspired by heat-map studies and running from heel to toe, Adidas places the maximum amount of traction and targets areas where it is needed most.
The new ZG21 outsole features an ultra-thin TPU construction, six strategically placed soft cleats, and a new crescent moon-shaped secondary lug to optimize grip, support and performance while ultimately reducing weight.
ZG21 will come in four models: men’s laced, men’s and women’s BOA, and a simplified laced offering for junior golfers. The two BOA models feature the new BOA-Fit SYSTEM,  a ‘Y’ strap design that’s a first in the sport and provides an even higher level of performance. The configuration wraps around the foot, creating a secure fit over the instep and provides flexibility and freedom in the toe box. The men’s ZG21 BOA is also the first golf shoe on the market to feature Li2-a sleek, low profile dial platform that modulates tension when and where needed with enhanced speed and effortless execution.
AL ZG21 models are available exclusively at Adidias.com/us/golfshoes and the adidas app starting at select retailers.

David Daubert

David has been writing about golf since the turn of the century. He was Managing Editor at a regional golf magazine for 11 years, published in Canada, the IAGTO and a Staff Writer for The Georgia Golf Trail. His insightful perspective brings golf to life.

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