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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 140 - The Masters
Available now; RRP: $299; nike.com/au TRACTION CONTROL NIKE LUNAR CONTROL 3 SHOES N IKE Golf has always looked to their stable of stars for input when creating new equipment. The new Nike Lunar Control 3 shoe is no exception. Nike designers incorporated feedback from World No.1 Rory McIlroy and created the ultimate lightweight performance golf shoe that is more stable and comfortable while maintaining lightweight control. For McIlroy, who has one of the most powerful golf swings on the planet, stability and control from the ground up are critical. Due to the rotating force in his swing, McIlroy challenged Nike designers to create a solution that provides better traction, prevents slipping and retains the control needed to generate power and speed. Nike designers responded by adding an extra spike on the newer model in the medial forefoot on the outsole and secondary traction elements in the Nike Lunar Control 3. “Rory worked with us to increase the stability of the shoe,” Nike Golf Innovation Design Lead Carl Madore said. “To achieve that, we not only added a spike, but also brought the traction to the outside of the leading edges of the shoe to create that stable base. In the past we had a lot of spikes a little bit inboard and we really wanted to focus on bringing them to the perimeter to leverage that stability piece.” The Nike Lunar Control 3 also features a wider base for increased stability and to allow the golf athlete to maintain contact with the ground for as long as possible through impact. A carbon fibre mid-foot shank also delivers lower, lighter and more stable control. “I love the look of the shoe and how much lower to the ground it makes me feel,” McIlroy said. “With the increased traction and stability, I am able to be more aggressive with my swing and do not have to worry about slipping.” Like its predecessors, the upper of the Nike Lunar Control 3 utilises Nike Flywire technology for adaptive lateral support, while using more robust cables to help secure the foot effectively. The upper of the shoe is made from a microfiber synthetic to offer water resistance, better durability and a great fit right out of the box. Nike Lunar Control 3 shoes are available in White/Volt and White/Lyon Blue colour combinations. OTG the GEAR
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