While picking the right pair of golf shoes for you may seem like a no-brainer, you’d be surprised by how many golfers either have to return their shoes after one use or let a perfectly good pair collect dust in the bottom of their closets. Finding the right fit in your golf shoes is important, as blisters, calluses and slipping are not only annoying, but can also be dangerous for the player. Additionally, the right pair of golf shoes offers an extra level of support and comfort – which can help you play better…particularly around the 17th hole! When purchasing a new pair of golf shoes, consider the following when looking for the right fit.
The first thing to consider when looking at golf shoes is the intention. Why are you buying these? Is it to look cool or like you belong? Is it to support your ankles which have a tendency to roll? Is it to ensure that you have some extra grip for more treacherous courses? Or is it some combination of all of the above? No matter what the reason is, keep this in mind when making your selection.
What’s the Material?
Knowing the intention behind your footwear will help you start with choosing the material. Leather, synthetic leather, gore-tex and polyester are all commonly used materials when it comes to golf shoes. T
he material should fall in line with your reasons for purchasing the shoes. Make sure that you get a real sense of how the material choice does or does not align with your goals. Conversely, don’t let the salesperson sell you false promises on a material just because it has a higher price. Do your research before you go to the store!
No (Metal) Spikes Allowed!
When it comes to spikes, most shoes are no longer made with metal spikes, but instead rely on plastic. This is primarily because many golf courses don’t allow metal spikes because they damage the green, but I suspect that it is also more cost-effective to manufacture plastic spikes. Consider if this really matters to you. Find out what the rules are where you play most frequently, and decide whether or not this will truly help your game.
Finding the Right Footwear for You
Shoes, Boots, Sandals – today there are a variety of options when it comes to footwear in the golf world. Take some time exploring your options, and really consider what makes the most sense given how often and where you play.
While it’s important to look at the other factors listed above (as well as the price point) I truly believe that how your shoe fits is by far the most important thing when it comes to getting a new pair of golf shoes. When trying on shoes, make sure that you are wearing the socks that you would normally wear when golfing. Once you put the shoes on, walk around for five or ten minutes, and take a few practice swings. This may seem excessive, but few things are more uncomfortable than wearing an ill-fitting pair of shoes…especially when you have to walk across the golf course. If something doesn’t feel quite right…put it back immediately! This problem will only get worse. I recommend that you go to a pro-golf shop for fit…even if you want to do some comparative research on pricing.
Finding the perfect pair of golf shoes can be a somewhat time-consuming process, but in the end it is worth it.