TRUE Linkswear Major Golf Shoe Review

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The TRUE Linkswear Major golf shoe pairs great comfort with Tour-ready performance.  Tremendous waterproofing.  A good transition for players wanting to make the switch to a natural movement shoe.

Introduction

In late 2017, TRUE Linkswear had a rebirth of sorts.  They introduced the TRUE Original and the TRUE Outsider, shoes that got back to what made TRUE great.

With those successes, plus the amazing TRUE Knit, under their belt, they came into 2019 with a big goal: to launch a Tour-inspired shoe that still felt like a TRUE.  The result is the Major.

Looks

Made with full grain leather and Nubuck suede, the TRUE Major looks more like an upscale sneaker than a traditional golf shoe.  Where the Major elevates itself beyond other “street” golf shoes is that it’s visually interesting without screaming for attention.  TRUE achieves that balance by using a blend of materials and textures and adding a touch of color with the red paracord lacing system.

The Major is being launched in two colorways: black and grey/charcoal.

Comfort

TRUE’s calling card has always been comfort, and that remains the case with the Major.  Right of the box they feel broken in and ready to walk 18.

Two features deserve special mention here.  The first is the Instant Flex Zone, the area “behind” the toe that you can see in the photo above.  Every golfer knows that this is the area of the shoe that normally crinkles up during the swing, putting pressure on your foot.  After a while, you may break in this area, but with some shoes it never gets truly comfortable.  With the Major, there’s never any crinkling or pressure.  This strip of soft, supple material is perfectly placed to allow the shoe to flex with your foot, allowing for natural, pain-free movement.

The other key comfort feature is the “Forever Cushion” insert.  TRUE knows that you need comfort but you also want to be able to feel the ground.  This insert balances those desires, giving you a slightly springy return on each step without lifting you too far from the turf.

Performance

If you’ve flirted with TRUEs in the past but haven’t pulled the trigger because of the zero heel drop or the flexibility, the Major is the perfect bridge.  The Major has a 4-6mm heel drop, depending on the size, which will feel more normal to golfers accustomed to built up shoes.

Similarly, the Major has a little more structure than other TRUEs.  TRUE refers to the Major as “FlexStable,” which is a perfect portmanteau.  As someone who likes a natural movement shoe, it’s as structured a shoe as I want.  For the guy who’s used to FootJoys, the Major will offer a new level of freedom.

TRUE is using the same tread pattern in the Major that they’ve used in their last three offerings.  I’ve found this to be a very solid spikeless sole.  In all but the sloppiest conditions, it offers ample traction.

In speaking with TRUE about the Major, what stood out most was the level of testing they did to ensure that it’s waterproof.  Most of the industry uses a 40,000 or 50,000 step test; TRUE uses an 80,000 step test.  With that under their belt, they can confidently offer a 2 year waterproof and breathable guarantee.

Conclusion

With the Major, TRUE reimagined every part of the golf shoe, right down to the packaging.  From the super cool shag bag that they come in to the peerless waterproofing, the TRUE Linkswear Major is a winner.  Whether you’re a long time fan of the brand or a newcomer, this is a shoe you must try in 2019.

Visit TRUE Linkswear HERE

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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12 Comments

  1. Jim W Rosteck

    Good review but I don’t know how they expect to capitalize on your review when sizes 9 to 13 are “out of stock”

  2. Any indication on how durable the outsole is?

  3. Matt, I’m going to pull the trigger on a pair of True Linkswear shoes this year. I know you’ve evaluated a few different models from them lately….which is your favorite?

    • Matt Saternus

      Justin,

      Depends on your situation. If you’re new to TRUE, get the Major. If you’re a longtime fan, get the Knit or the Original – Knit if you tend to play in dry conditions, Original if water is an issue.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Matt Dennehu

    Will they be releasing a white version?

    • Matt Saternus

      Matt,

      I have no inside knowledge, but I would guess that there will be more colors if the shoe does well.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. With three different materials, how easy is cleaning/maintenance?

    • Matt Saternus

      Brian,

      I’m not the right guy to ask. Outside of brushing off clumps of dirt and knocking off sand, I’m not much for shoe cleaning. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

      Best,

      Matt

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  8. Hi Matt,
    After reading your review I ordered these in grey. I did have to send the first pair back, I sized up 1/2 but it was still a bit to tight, going up 1 size made the difference. Their Customer Service for the return was awesome, they ship to the east coast in 2 days which is nuts! Anyway the shoes are absolutely the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. I haven’t played in them yet but I wear them when I chip and use my swing trainer in the back yard. No complaints at all, thank you for another great product recommendation. I’m off to preorder the Lux Knits!
    BTW, the wife wants a word with you, it appears I’m spending to much on golf after reading your site.

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