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Pitchmarks Verdict

The PUMA PHANTOMCAT NITRO Golf Shoe blends a sleek design with innovative FLEXSPIKE technology for exceptional traction. In the heel, NITRO FOAM provides cushioning and bounce. Ideal for golfers seeking style, comfort, and performance.

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In PUMA’s words, the PHANTOMCAT NITRO is “Groundbreaking. Not ground-breaking.”

This brand-new golf shoe features FLEXSPIKE technology, an advanced cleat design that promises excellent traction and stability without tearing up the greens.

In this PUMA PHANTOMCAT NITRO review, we put it to the on-course test.


For this golf shoe, PUMA has adopted a sleek and sporty design.

The shoe upper is made from full-grain leather and comes with a full year of waterproof warranty when you purchase it. Even in this largely white colorway, I found it very easy to wipe away any dirt and keep the shoe looking fresh.

A subtle version of the brand’s signature FORMSTRIP logo is embossed into the leather.

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The PHANTOMCAT NITRO golf shoe looks sleek, sporty, and fresh.

The heel section of the shoe is made from molded polymer and highlighted in black for this two-tone colorway. This heel panel aims to lock the foot in for ultimate control.

Overall, the shoe is clean and will pair easily with pants or shorts on the course.

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The shoe looks clean and unobtrusive from above.

Comfort & Performance

The PHANTOMCAT NITRO isn’t just about looks — it’s comfortable too.

For this design, PUMA used a new “anatomically shaped last” with a generous toe box shape. This provides a roomy, yet consistent feel around your feet.

I love how this shoe feels on my feet. The ergonomic shape of the heel helps prevent any slipping, while the soft leather upper hugs the top of your foot.

puma phantomcat nitro golf shoe front

However, the real highlight of this shoe is the traction.

For the PHANTOMCAT NITRO, PUMA developed an all-new cleat design called FLEXSPIKE, a dual-injected spike with a unique figure-of-eight shape. The idea is simple: increased surface contact with the ground, providing extra grip and better weight distribution.

You can really feel the “teeth” of these spikes biting into the turf. This provides great grip when walking the course, and excellent stability underfoot in the golf swing. At the same time, the teeth are soft enough to prevent marks on the surface of the green.

puma phantomcat nitro golf shoe sole
The FLEXSPIKES provides fantastic grip and traction while remaining green-safe.

In the heel section of the golf shoe, PUMA has utilized NITRO FOAM.

Nitrogen gas is injected into the foam during the molding process, creating small air pockets. This keeps the material super lightweight, and also super responsive.

The high-rebound NITRO FOAM makes the shoe very comfortable to walk in, while adding explosive power as you work the ground forces in the golf swing.

puma phantomcat nitro golf shoe rear
NITRO FOAM in the heel makes the shoe feel bouncy, responsive, and explosive.

Final Thoughts

The PUMA PHANTOMCAT NITRO is both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable to wear.

With a sleek design and soft leather uppers, this shoe will pair easily with pants or shorts making it highly versatile. Foam elements provide cushioning and stability, while the new FLEXSPIKES offer great levels of traction — without cutting up the greens.

Check out the PUMA PHANTOMCAT NITRO Golf Shoes here.

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Hailing from the South West of England, Jake has been playing golf for over a decade. He founded Pitchmarks with the aim of helping everyday golfers like himself learn more about the game, through instructional content and honest gear reviews. He has a degree in Architecture and a passion for golf course design, along with a lofty goal to play the world's top 100 courses.