Since Mike Forsey was a young boy all he wanted to do was work in the shoe industry. Forsey’s footsteps of becoming a part-owner of Payntr Golf can be traced back nearly three decades in the industry.
Forsey, 58, has worked on engineering golf shoes for FootJoy, Reebok, Nike and Under Armor. At Nike and then Under Armor, he was instrumental in the development of the first pair of golf shoes for Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, which became the prototypes of the ranges of golf shoes that each company introduced to the market from detail of the golf course.
In 2020, Forsey founded Payntr Golf Global – the parent company of Payntr Golf – with UK cricket shoe maker David Paynter. Veteran golf shoe designer Michael Glancy became the company’s third partner in July.
Glancy brings to the trio another genealogical job record, which includes eight years at Reebok designing cleats for baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse and track and field. He worked under Forsey at Under Armor, helping to launch that company’s line of golf shoes.
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Forsey explains Payntr Golf’s slogan, “Performance Multiplied”, by offering a walk in the memory of golf shoes.
“These heavy leather golf shoes with their long metal spikes worn by virtually all golfers, champions and amateurs until the 1980s provided a stable foundation for golfers,” he said. “But those heavy spikes also almost cemented golfers to the ground and significantly inhibited their ability to perform a quality athletic, centered pivot motion.
“Additionally, these shoes have not helped golfers use what is known as ‘ground reaction force’, one of the holy grails of contemporary teaching philosophy, which involves golfers transferring knowledge. energy from the ground to the swings. ”
Famous instructor David Leadbetter, Ambassador of Payntr Golf, echoes Forsey’s thought.
“Golf is all about harnessing energy and then storing or retaining that energy before releasing it and releasing it into the ball,” he said.
From the start, Payntr golf shoes were intended to become a key part of a player’s selected golf equipment and were designed with the biomechanics of the golf swing in mind.
While fully waterproof shoes are lightweight and breathable and sport an athletic look that is both contemporary and conservative, it is the soles of the shoes that ignite and do the dynamic work of the golf swing. This is where a vigorous orchestration of soft crampons and firm but flexible TPU studs align to provide what the company calls “three-dimensional traction in the vertical, horizontal and rotational directions.”
Therefore, the shoes help golfers grip the ground with their toes, while also adapting and accepting lateral, backward and forward weight transfers during the swing. The also provides the golf-specific traction needed to pivot productively with a centered weight and never over-twist or roll to the outside edges of their feet.
Payntr’s propulsion plate is the shoe’s most innovative feature. An air chamber sculpted in the shape of an elongated hourglass and lined with fine graphite, the plate is recessed into the heel sections of each shoe.
The company claims it flattens out when a golfer puts pressure on it during the backswing. Then, when a player takes off from the ground during the downswing, the plate expands and reflects upward to harness that coveted ground reaction force that energizes the body and adds speed and power to the swing.
Glancy says the next step for Payntr golf shoes includes a small spiked and metal spike version meant to appeal to Tour players who still wear such metal spikes, an extensive international distribution network and the addition of new models at the Payntr Golf line. These will include a full grain leather upper golf shoe, one with a dial / disc lace-up closure system as well as models for women and juniors.
Looking a little deeper into the same shoe route he has traveled so successfully so far, Mike Forsey says: “We hope that Payntr golf shoes will be seen as the premier performance improvement brand in the world. market for the avid golfer. “