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New Balance Golf introduces X Defender

Boston, Mass., February 15, 2022 – New Balance Golf introduces the Fresh Foam X Defender and Fresh Foam X Defender SL to its 2022 Spring Collection. The X Defender is built for on-course performance with a waterproof FantomFit® upper, a new Fresh Foam X® midsole, and a TPU outsole. This combination provides golfers with a secure fit, perimeter stability, and comfort in every step.

Fresh Foam X Defender and X Defender SL Technology        


Fresh Foam X Defender Last and Upper The X Defender has a 100% welded waterproof FantomFit® upper. The skeletally engineered upper provides ultralight support and fit. To enhance the fit, the shoe features a form-fitting tongue that hugs the front of the ankle. The X Defender is built on a PW-1 last that has a wider forefoot and shallow toe box for a roomer fit and ease of fatigue during the round. The Fresh Foam X Defender is backed by a two-year waterproof warranty.     


Fresh Foam® X Midsole: The foundation of the X Defender is the new Fresh Foam X premium midsole. The Fresh Foam X midsole has been reengineered resulting in better energy return, reduced weight, and the most cushioned underfoot experience to date.  


Cush+® Insole Cush+ is a foam compound used for the insole which provides an ultra-soft, cushioned feel. Golfers will notice how comfortable the insole is as soon as they slip their foot into the shoe.

TPU Outsole
The Exoskeleton TPU Outsole is designed to move with the natural motion of the foot.  Its sculpted design allows the outsole to provide superior traction where you need it and flexibility where you want it. The X Defender outsole uses the Fast Twist 3.0 insert system with Pulsar cleats. The X Defender SL is an on-course, performance spikeless shoe.

Fresh Foam X Defender Specifications:

  • Weight: 11.3 oz.
  • Color: White/Grey, Black/Red
  • Sizes: 8 -12, 13, 14; Widths: D, 2E, 4E
  • Warranty: Two-year limited waterproof**
  • Retail Pricing: $139.95  
  • Availability: March 1, 2022

Fresh Foam X Defender SL Specifications:

  • Weight: 11.1 oz.
  • Color: White/Grey, Black/Multi, Grey/Blue
  • Sizes: 8 -12, 13, 14; Widths: D, 2E, 4E
  • Warranty: Two-year limited waterproof**
  • Retail Pricing: $129.95  
  • Availability: March 1, 2022

Comfort begins right out of the box with New Balance golf shoes. To ensure complete satisfaction, New Balance offers a 45-day comfort warranty. To view the entire collection of footwear, visit                                                            -2-

About New Balance New Balance, headquartered in Boston, MA has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. Manufactured in the U.S. for more than 75 years and representing a limited portion of our U.S. sales, New Balance MADE U.S. is a premium collection that contains a domestic value of 70% or greater. New Balance owns and operates four factories in New England and one in Flimby, U.K. New Balance employs more than 7,000 associates around the globe and in 2020 reported worldwide sales of $3.3 billion. To learn more about New Balance, please visit and for the latest press information please visit

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