Nike's TW'13 is a light, natural-motion shoe made for a Tiger
WHEN TIGER WOODS heads to the gym or out for a run he wears something from the Nike Free line of shoes, which are built to replicate going barefoot. So when it was time to build a new golf shoe, Woods wanted to crossbreed his old shoes with the Free. Not so fast, said the engineers. There's such a thing as too much flexibility, and the trick was to devise something that combined stability and mobility. Hence the Free-inspired TW'13.
An inner layer contains stiff FlyWire for stability and stretch panels for a molded fit.
Longitudinal and lateral channels cut in the outsole provide flex, but they are fewer and shallower than on the Free.
Instead of a solid urethane bottom, the sole combines pods of TPU and lightweight foam. The shoe weighs only 13.9 ounces, almost five ounces less than Woods's old model.