Nike's no stranger when it comes to taking innovations from other footwear categories and incorporating them onto other silhouettes intended for completely different activities. Last year, Free technology crossed over to Nike SB and Flyknit was integrated on the basketball side for the Kobe 9. It's this same direction that has influenced Tiger Woods' latest signature golf shoe, which draws from the same material used on the Air Jordan XX9.
The Tobie Hatfield-designed Nike TW15 is highlighted by its Flyweave upper for ultimate flexibility and support. Recall that the Air Jordan XX9, which was designed by Hatfield's older brother, Tinker, had a make-up that was being touted by Nike as "the world’s first performance-woven upper." The technology provides Tiger with proper stability without hindering his foot's ability to move freely. And that's all coming from a one-piece upper.
"The neat thing about this Flyweave is that [Tobie Hatfield] was able to tighten up different parts of the shoe without adding weight," Tiger told Sole Collector. "In years past that was the problem—you could tighten up different areas and add stability but it would add more weight as well."
The integration of Flyweave on Tiger's shoe is just the beginning. "The Flyweave is Nike’s latest step in the taking a design and taking it in a new direction especially for golf," Hatfield said. "The future is now and that’s really cool for golf."
The Nike TW15 will be available for pre-order through Nike Store on February 12 for $250.