Kuchar finds sole mate, winner's circle at RBC


Matt Kuchar finally broke through at the RBC Heritage for his first win this season on the heels of three consecutive top-5 finishes. So what happened last week in Hilton Head, S.C., that nudged him into the winner’s circle? Let’s just say, he found his sole mate.

Though not on staff with Adidas Golf, Kuchar was recently introduced to the new Adicross Gripmore shoes and became intrigued by them. Kuchar tried them out for a couple rounds last week at Harbour Town.

The Adicross Gripmore (pictured above on Kuchar's feet and in the two images below) is one of the two newest models offered by Adidas that features proprietary gripmore technology, an innovation in golf footwear cleat design that combines the performance benefits of spiked and spikeless footwear.

Unlike traditional spiked golf shoes that require receptacles to house cleats on the sole, gripmore cleats are directly injected onto lightweight mesh matting inclusive of hundreds of microspikes for even more traction and stability. The Adicross Gripmore utilizes 43 gripmore cleats and a total of 243 points of contact for the ultimate combination of versatility and performance.

Justin Rose debuted the Adicross Gripmore shoes at the WGC-Cadillac back in March and wore them again at the Masters. At the WGC-Cadillac Rose said, “I’m always looking for footwear that provides traction without compromising comfort, style or on-course performance. ... With gripmore, I have the versatility of a spikeless shoe combined with the performance of a cleated shoe. It’s the best of both styles.”

Like Rose, Jim Furyk and Martin Kaymer were also seen sporting the Adicross Gripmore at Augusta.

The second style unveiled by Adidas, the Pure 360 Gripmore Sport, is a more athletically-inspired design that features a waterproof mesh upper with climaproof, 360WRAP technology and a powerband chassis for increased stability. The Pure 360 Gripmore Sport (pictured in the two photos below) features 23 gripmore cleats and a total of 161 contact points.

Both styles will be available June 1st. The Adicross Gripmore will be offered in three colorways: aluminum, running white and light scarlet; running white, running white and light scarlet; and black, running white and light scarlet at an MSRP of $150. The Pure 360 Gripmore Sport will be available in two colorways: black, metallic silver and light scarlet; and light onix, running white and light scarlet at an MSRP of $130.

Is it purely coincidence that Kuchar tried out the Adicross Gripmore and went on to win for the first time this season? Perhaps. Or perhaps Kuchar and the Adicross Gripmore are a Matt-ch made in heaven.

For more information on the latest footwear and technology from Adidas Golf, visit their website here.