GolfMagic tests out the brand new Under Armour HOVR Tour SL golf shoes for 2022.
When it comes to premium golf shoes, few brands produce the quality and functionality of Under Armour and the story is no different in 2022.
Under Armour has recently released a stylish and sporty HOVR Tour SL shoe, so we headed out onto the fairways at Mannings Heath Golf & Wine Estate in Sussex to test it out.
Under Armour HOVR Tour SL features HOVR mid sole tech to provide all the comfort and feel you could possibly wish for from a premium golf shoe, and it has the traction of a spiked shoe with its low base keeping you grounded - perfect for when playing those delicate flop shots around the green.
The knit upper also provides additional levels of comfort.
The HOVR tech placement also supports the natural movement of the foot during the swing, providing 'zero gravity feel' to maintain energy return. The shoe also utilises a Compression Mesh Energy Web that contains and moulds HOVR foam to give back the energy you put in along with exceptional comfort.
HOVR Tour SL also has an upper made from UA IntelliKnit fabric, which has an almost sweater-like feel for soft, supportive and breathable comfort. You also have a waterproof membrane to keep you dry all year round, backed up with a 1-year guanratee.
Furthermore, HOVR Tour SL has a Rotational Resistance spikeless outsole for lockdown traction and on-course flexibility, while the sole features traction lugs to provide additional grip, as well as exceptional off-course versatility.
pjimage - 2022-05-03T115118.263.jpg
One of the most sporty and functional golf shoes we have ever worn, and without doubt our favourite ever Under Armour golf shoe.
HOVR Tour SL has provided us with excellent comfort all the way round the golf course since we have been reviewing it.
This shoe has the performance of a spiked, bulkier shoe, but all in a smaller knitted spikeless model.
It's not often that a shoe can fit like a glove, but we found that we could walk 18 holes with ease as soon as we tried these on. This is, of course, subjective to the user, but it was clear that Under Armour has focussed on the comfort of the shoe for this new model.
Some may not be a fan of the knit aesthetic and we would say we usually prefer a leather golf shoe, but the design of the HOVR Tour SL is certainly a modern, refreshing aesthetic that looks even better in person.
We have been wearing these for over a month now, and on the course we play, we need a lot of support. Despite being lightweight, these shoes outperformed our previous shoes and we felt extremely stable throughout the golf swing.
Golf shoes themselves are often neglected by amateur golfers, but we noticed a slight improvement in ball-striking when wearing these shoes... a weird statement we know, but by using the ground throughout the golf swing in a much more efficient manner, we were able to hit the middle of the clubface more consistently, and thus gain a little extra distance.
This shoe is a must-try for all golfers, and we consider it one of the better value for money golf shoes of the premium golf shoe brands this season.
Under Armour got it right last year with the Spieth 5 but it is clear to see the HOVR Tour SL is a huge step up from that one.