FootJoy HyperFlex Carbon Golf Shoe Review
The original HyperFlex golf shoe was a very popular model as well as one of the most athletic styles FootJoy has offered across its extensive history. Updated for 2023, the new HyperFlex range comes in three men’s models – HyperFlex, HyperFlex BOA, and HyperFlex Carbon. The HyperFlex Carbon features – you guessed it – carbon fiber in the construction, as well as a few more bells and whistles to battle for the crown of the best golf shoe of the year.
From a performance perspective, the absolute highlight of this shoe is the Ortholite Impressions Footbed. This technology has elevated the HyperFlex Carbon from a good golf shoe to a great golf shoe. Almost as soon as I slipped my foot inside the shoe, I could feel the technology at work. Exclusive to the HyperFlex Carbon, this footbed is one of the most comfortable I have ever tested. It has a memory foam feel to it and, over a number of rounds, it will mold to the shape of your foot giving you a feeling akin to putting on an old pair of slippers. The speed at which the footbed becomes familiar and molded to your foot is impressive too and after only a handful of rounds it had begun to mold to the shape of my feet. When I compare it to the Lightstrike midsole in the adidas ZG23, the Ignite Foam midsole in the Puma Ignite Articulate and the midsole in the Ecco Biom G5, the FootJoy has pipped them all to the post for comfort.
Looks-wise, the HyperFlex Carbon has stuck to the tried and tested silhouette of its older sibling, but with some new pops of color that elevate the overall shelf appeal. It’s part of a clear effort by FootJoy to go a bit bolder and brighter with some of its color options. Yes, the traditionalists have the option of some classic FootJoy shoes in the Premiere Series range, but in the more athletic shoes like the FootJoy Fuel and this new Hyperflex range, the design team has been given a bit more freedom to experiment with colors. The look for me is topped off by the sock area at the top which really gives the shoe its athletic look and feel as well as offering a contrasting texture to the TPU used primarily on the upper. While looking good, this material is also highly breathable – as is the TPU upper – something not all golf shoes have been able get right in the past. One thing worth noting is that while the uppers are easy to clean, the fabric sock area can be a bit trickier if mud gets on it.
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