Lubrizol Science Enables Exceptional Traction in FootJoy’s New FJ Stratos™ On- and Off-the-Course Golf Shoe

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CasualGolfShoe–Lubrizol science, together with FootJoy ingenuity, means golfers can now go from most any setting right to the golf course and then out again afterwards without ever changing their shoes. The new FJ Stratos™ spikeless golf shoe, from the leader in golf shoes, leverages Lubrizol’s advanced material to help provide exceptional traction on and off the course.

An alternative to rubber, ESTANE® TRX TPU from Lubrizol offers superior traction on wet and dry surfaces. The material’s flexibility also helps ensure the successful molding of FootJoy’s patented revolutionary anti-channeling tread pattern, which is engineered to provide total traction coverage. There are multiple ESTANE TPUs of different hardness levels in the VersaTrax+ outsole, including the variants utilized by FootJoy, for superior traction.

The all-new VersaTrax+ outsole delivers the best combination of uncompromising on-course traction with genuine off-course versatility,” states Richard Fryer, Director of Product Management, FootJoy Footwear. “Lubrizol’s ESTANE TRX TPU is a critical enabler to ensuring that performance.”

Lubrizol’s TPU solutions continue to be leveraged across industries in innovative new ways, from uses in personal protective equipment critical during the pandemic to high-performance fabric and footwear that benefit our personal fitness,” says Kenneth Kim, Footwear Market Development Manager, Lubrizol. “We are so pleased to be a part of FootJoy’s solution and see our science propelling innovation across the footwear category.”

Lubrizol invented thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) polymers more than 60 years ago and continues to be a world leader in TPU, delivering high performance solutions to a wide range of industries from performance footwear and apparel to surface protection, consumer electronics, transportation, industrial specialties, bonding solutions and more. The customizable properties of TPU allow manufacturers to Create Smarter, helping reduce waste in manufacturing and providing durable, long-lasting, recyclable* solutions that can help differentiate their products from others in the market.

The new FJ Stratos shoes will be merchandised with a sticker drawing attention to the shoe’s VersaTrax+ outsole design powered by ESTANE TRX TPU. FJ Stratos shoes, in styles for men and women, will be available commercially in December of 2020.

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*Recyclability is based on access to a readily available standard recycling program that supports such materials.

About Lubrizol

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, leverages its unmatched science to unlock immense possibilities at the molecular level, driving sustainable and measurable results to help the world Move Cleaner, Create Smarter and Live Better. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol owns and operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities, sales and technical offices around the world and has approximately 8,800 employees. For more information, visit

FJ Stratos™ is a trademark of FootJoy.

ESTANE® TRX is a trademark of Lubrizol Advanced Materials.

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