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A New Era in Lightweight Golf Footwear: ZG21

A New Era in Lightweight Golf Footwear: ZG21

The newest silhouette from adidas golf launches on 25th January

Today’s golfers demand a lot from their shoes, and adidas kept hearing that there was something missing. 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 extremely comfortable. adidas took that as a challenge to not only fill this void that players were looking for but also create something exciting that would stand alone at the top and launch a new category of spiked footwear.

After nearly two years, multiple prototypes, configurations, and infusing the latest technologies to get everything right, adidas golf is introducing a product that ushers in a new era of performance golf footwear for the brand: ZG21. It’s their latest offering that gives golfers of all skill levels a high-performance spiked shoe that’s lightweight with zero compromises.

ZG21 is their lightest spiked footwear model to feature BOOST cushioning. It’s up to 20 percent lighter than comparable spiked models previously in the range and significantly lighter than many competitor models. But just being lightweight wasn’t enough.

“ZG21 is truly a breakthrough feat in spiked performance,” said Masun Denison, global footwear director, 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 percent 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 categories like basketball and tennis, and when coupled with BOOST cushioning, gives players lightweight comfort and stability with every swing and step.
SPRINTSKIN: A lightweight and waterproof (one-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 the brand created in the lateral sidewall that offers increased lateral stability and a locked-in feel throughout the swing.
SWINGPLANE TRACTION: Inspired by heat-map studies and running from heel to toe, adidas Golf targets the areas and place the maximum amount of traction where it’s needed most.
The new ZG21 outsole features an ultra-thin TPU construction, six strategically placed cleats, and a new crescent moon-shaped secondary lug to optimise grip, support and performance while ultimately reducing weight.

The ZG21 will be available from 8am (GMT), Monday 25th January 2021.

Here's what Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa and Danielle Kang had to say about the ZG21 shoes

“I couldn’t believe how light these were when I put them on. I’ve worn adidas shoes my entire career and it’s amazing how the team was able to reduce the weight so much while still keeping the great comfort, traction and stability. Players of all skill levels will benefit from what ZG21 has to offer when they put them on and head to the course.” - Dustin Johnson

A“We walk a ton over the course of a tournament and for me, what stands out the most is how comfortable they are. I wore them all week at Kapalua, which is one of, if not the longest walk we have all year, and my feet felt great. Throw in how light they are with the traction and stability you get, and it easily makes ZG21 one of the best shoes adidas has available.” - Collin Morikawa

“I’ve worn spiked golf shoes in competition ever since I started playing, so I was really excited when I heard about ZG21. It just has everything you need in a golf shoe. Usually when shoes are too light or the focus is more on stability, etc., you have to sacrifice on certain areas of the shoe. Not with this one. ZG21 takes it to another level because of how light and comfortable they are without losing the traction and stability we all need when we play.” - Danielle Kang