Golf Shoes


golf shoe imageGolf shoes are one of the least understood pieces of equipment in the sport, but one of the most important. People who don’t play golf understand why you would need a set of golf clubs, golf balls and even a good golf bag, but they may not understand the need for a pair of golf shoes and why they are so important to the golfer’s success. However, one of the reasons is quite basic. If the golfer’s feet are not anchored securely to the ground, they will slip and slide when swinging the club, causing them to mishit the golf ball.

Securing your footing

The last thing a golfer wants to think about as he is about to hit the ball is whether his feet are going to slip and slide as he swings the club. That’s why golfer’s need shoes with spikes or cleats. Today’s golf shoes use rubber or plastic cleats to help the golfer get a good toe hold. This helps to make sure their feet don’t move while they swing the club. Many years ago, golf shoes had metal spikes on the bottom of the shoe. These tended to give a nice solid grip for the golfer but what was found was that the spikes actually damaged the greens. That is why golf shoes today use the rubber or plastic cleats. You will even find golf shoes today that don’t have cleats or spikes at all, just little rubber knobs that cover the entire bottom of the shoe. More and more golfers are starting to use this kind of golf shoe. A lot of my golfing buddies that use them say that they actually get a better grip on the grass, so they don’t slip at all when swinging their club, and they are even more comfortable to wear.

Comfort and support

Many golfers walk an 18-hole course which can be upwards of 4 – 6 miles, depending on the length of the golf course, as well as up and down hills. Some golfer prefer to pull their own clubs in a pull cart or even carry their own golf bags. All the more reason to wear golf shoes that are comfortable and provide good support. A golfer doesn’t want to be slipping all over the course while pulling or carrying their golf bag. This could result in them getting fatigued and have a hard time finishing their round or make their round less enjoyable.

Maintaining your shoes

Golfer really don’t have to get new shoes more than every two years. However, the plastic or rubber spikes wear out fairly quickly and should be replaced quite often, depending on how many rounds you play a year. You can replace the spikes quite easily by hand or you can use an easy-to-use device called a spike wrench to change the spikes. Changing the spikes will allow the golfer to maintain solid footing for months of play at a time.

If you’re looking for a new pair of golf shoes, check out this link. You will find a wide selection of golf shoes to choose from.

6 thoughts on “Golf Shoes

  • October 6, 2016 at 4:57 pm
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    I see what you mean in regards to the comfort and support you need, in a 18 hole course with a 4-6. If you are tired from the trek you will not have the needed energy for the last couple of holes. This is great help and tips from an expert yourself.

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    • October 7, 2016 at 4:44 am
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      It’s very important to wear golf shoes that are comfortable. The 18 hole course that I typically play is 4 miles long from tee to green, and that doesn’t include the walk between holes or the distance walked to find your ball on errant shots. I have to say that by the end of the round my feet are saying they’ve had enough, and that’s even with a good pair of shoes.
      Thanks for your comments Andrew.
      Shawn

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  • October 6, 2016 at 5:46 pm
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    Hi Shawn,
    Great article on a highly underrated piece of golf equipment. I see so many new golfers who haven’t thought about the importance of shoes at all. But the fact is, proper footwear can make a huge difference in your game and the amount of enjoyment you experience from a round of golf. I like to walk the course, so proper support becomes even more important. Without good support, you can end up with very sore feet by the end of 18 holes. I don’t need anything to discourage me from getting more exercise 🙂

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    • October 7, 2016 at 5:09 am
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      As a person who has problems with their feet, I can certainly attest to the need for comfortable footwear, especially if I’m going to be going for a 4 – 6 mile walk around a golf course. I don’t want to be distracted when trying to play golf, if I’m distracted by sore feet. So, you’re absolutely right Linda, proper footwear can make a huge difference in your game.
      Thanks for your comments!
      Shawn

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  • March 12, 2017 at 7:16 pm
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    Hi Shawn,

    I stumbled upon your website while researching golf.

    I am a complete novice, but I want to get started.

    Is your site going to help me?

    Please advise.

    Best regards,
    Gautam

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    • March 13, 2017 at 2:33 pm
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      Hi Gautam,
      I’m glad that you stumbled across my website. I hope you find the information on the site useful. As a complete novice, I would recommend you look at the golf fundamentals link as that will allow you to start off with the proper grip, which, I believe, is the most important fundamental to start off with. I would be happy to answer any other questions you may have and enjoy your golf!
      Regards,
      Shawn

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