FootJoy DNA Helix Golf Shoes Review
Hot off the press from FootJoy are the brand new FootJoy DNA Helix Golf Shoes. If you’ve worn the original FJ DNA or the FootJoy DNA 2.0 golf shoes we’re here to give you a FootJoy DNA Helix Golf Shoes Review. If you’re remotely familiar with the FootJoy brand you’ll definitely have heard about FootJoy DNA (DryJoys Next Advancement). For a long time the FootJoy DryJoys brand has been huge and is a staple in the FootJoy brand. So a few years ago FootJoy took the DryJoys brand further with FJ DNA.
Thus far there have been two models of the FootJoy DNA line of golf shoes. The original FootJoy DNA and then in 2016 FootJoy DNA 2.0 golf shoes were released. The brand new FootJoy DNA Helix are actually the 3rd generation of the FootJoy DNA line and there are significant improvements. When we say significant we really mean it. There is a quantum leap between DNA Helix and the previous season styles of FootJoy DNA golf shoes.
There were many PGA tour players wearing the original DNA and have moved on to other FootJoy models, whether it’s the FootJoy Pro SL Spikeless Golf Shoes or maybe the FootJoy FreeStyle. However, with the launch of FJ Helix, we’re going to see a lot of tour players make the change to Helix. A spikeless Pro SL shoe like Adam Scott is now wearing is great when you’re playing in dry, firm conditions. But if these tour players have to play in rain or windy conditions we’ll definitely see more DNA Helix out there. Think about playing in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale this year, golfers will need a very stable, spiked golf shoe to get the best out of their golf game.
Some of you may already have a pair of FJ DNA’s and are thinking to yourself, I love these shoes, how can the new FootJoy DNA Helix be that much better? Well here we go folks. The new DNA Helix still have all the great features of the original DNA shoes and DNA 2.0, such as the Chromoskin Leather Uppers, 2 year waterproof warranty, etc. But here is how they differ considerably. The new FJ Helix are 17% more stable, 23% lighter, and also have much more cushioning in the sole and the heel collar. PGA Tour Player, Scott Stallings was quoted saying, “I’ve worn every version of DNA and this is BY FAR THE BEST. The added stability is exactly what I was looking for.”
Once tried one you can definitely tell that they are much lighter. There would be no problem wearing these to walk all 18 holes. The biggest improvement we see is the increased stability and wider sole. Remember how in the original DNA you felt like you were falling off your heels. This is no longer the case with Helix. In direct response and feedback from PGA Tour Players, FootJoy has made Helix to give golfers a much more stable base. When wearing DNA Helix you really feel like you can get after it off the tee while maintaining perfect balance. You truly feel like you’re rooted to ground when wearing Helix. The original DNA golf shoes were classified by FootJoy as a more stable shoe, while we feel that the Helix will fall into their more structured category. Remember the old XPS-1 golf shoes? The new Helix seem to feel like a mix between the original DNA and XPS-1. The stable base really is drastically different and a huge improvement to the DNA brand of golf shoes.
We also noticed that the new Helix have a lower profile, getting your feet closer to the ground. FootJoy has a new TourLock cleat system with Tornado Softspikes cleats that help them to get you closer to the ground, which a lot of players prefer. They are also considerably more comfortable. You can tell right away once you slip them on, there is no need to break them in. The ChromoSkin leather is extremely soft, but the real improvements are in the “Xtra-Thick FTF (Fine Tuned Foam) FitBed. Somehow FootJoy made this even softer and with more cushion. Not sure how they did it, but they did. The TourSpec Stretch Tongue is also an added improvement.
So obviously the new FJ DNA Helix are much better in terms of performance, but what about the new look? With first glance you can still tell that the style in still in line with the last two generations of DNA. They also look like FJ took a bit of style and looks from the Pro SL line as well. There are currently four models to choose from, black / silver (Style 53318), white / silver (Style 53316, Red / White / Blue (Style 53317), and a BOA model that is white / black (Style 53319). The hero shoe will be the Red / White / Blue model and that’s the shoe you’ll probably see in FootJoy’s advertisements and commercials. FootJoy also has some sleek styling on the sole, the DNA Helix BOA model has some subtle lime green accents on the BOA knob and the sole. FootJoy has also added some subtle Helix branding on the tongue and has “HELIX” written just under the laces.
While we’re on the topic of the Helix BOA model, FootJoy has now added a BOA know that not only tightens the laces but you can reverse turn it to loosen the BOA lacing system. In the past you would have to pull the knob out to completely loosen the lacing system but that is no longer the case with the new DNA Helix BOA. So if you’re a BOA fan, you’ll definitely love this new added feature.
Overall we really feel that the styling is fantastic. In past FJ releases, such as FootJoy Hyperflex or FootJoy FreeStyle, the look has really been bold and flashy, but that isn’t the case with DNA Helix. The look has sporty and athletic look but it’s much more subtle and fits perfectly with the DNA name and brand. We easily see players that only wear DryJoys Tour Golf Shoes, that are truly traditional with the saddle shoe look move into DNA Helix without a problem. They still have that classy look that you can wear to a country club without getting odd looks from other players. They would look great with golf shorts or with a pair of classy golf pants. If you had some Puma High-Top golf shoes on, that obviously would not be the case.
Now let’s talk about sizing. For those of you that own the original FJ DNA’s you may have noticed that they run a bit large. About a half-size larger than other FootJoy models. We have heard that FootJoy recognized this and fixed the sizing in DNA Helix. We tried on FootJoy Pro SL, FootJoy FreeStyle, and FootJoy DryJoys and the new FootJoy Helix fit perfectly in line with these other models. So you can expect the size to run true with other FootJoy models.
This is one of FootJoy’s top-of-the-line golf shoes and the price tag does reflect that. The laced versions are running $209.95 and the BOA Helix model is $239.95. So yes this is an expensive shoe, but if you’re a golfer that only wears one pair of golf shoes all season, the price tag is easily justified because not only will the Helix last you for years to come but it will truly be the best shoe you’ve ever worn. We also realize that can find the original DNA for around $80 and the DNA 2.0 for $150, however the extra cost is definitely worth it with Helix. This is easily now the best shoe in golf that we have reviewed so if you’re looking for a new pair of golf shoes forget about the price and treat yourself and your feet.
In conclusion of our FootJoy DNA Helix Review, we highly recommend this shoe for any golfer. Even if you already have a pair of the original DNA golf shoes or the DNA 2.0 shoes, you have to get yourself a new pair of FJ DNA Helix. These shoes truly are remarkable in performance, stability, comfort, and are a great looking golf shoe. For those of you that wear BOA, which once you get your first pair of BOA, we know you never wear laced shoes again, the new Helix BOA is off the charts amazing. The fit and feel is absolutely incredible. Also if you like the feel of spikeless golf shoes on the course because of the low profile, you have to get a pair of Helix on your feet. You get the traction of a spiked golf shoe while at the same time you feel like you’re wearing a spikeless golf shoe in terms of being closer to the ground. Our DNA Helix review has opened our eyes quite a bit. We have reviewed a ton of golf shoes over the years, however, the DNA Helix truly is a quantum leap past any other pair of golf shoes we’ve ever put on our feet. So get to your local shop and try a pair on as soon as possible or if you’ve already made up your mind get online and order a pair of FootJoy DNA Helix Shoes today. We know that you won’t be disappointed. FJ DNA Helix is now without a doubt the best shoe in golf.