Some golfers may think their most essential item on the course is in their bag, but in reality, it’s what’s on their feet that’s truly number one. It’s imperative that your feet are comfortable while golfing given that, on average, you may walk 4-5 miles during an 18-hole round. Whether you are new to the game or in need of a new pair, there’s a few crucial factors to keep in mind when purchasing golf shoes.
FIND YOUR FIT
Making sure your golf shoes fit properly is absolutely essential. Aside from the long distances you may walk during a given round, you’re also going to be on your feet for 4-5 hours, standing, walking or hitting your golf ball. So, here are a few things to consider when you’re trying to find the right fit:
- Measure both feet before you select a size. If your feet differ in size, make sure you’re requesting a size that fits the larger foot.
- When you’re ready to pick out a new pair of golf shoes, take the kind of socks with you that you’ll be wearing when you play. This will ensure the fit and feel is accurate when you step onto the course.
WHAT’S YOUR STYLE?
The look of golf footwear has come a long way in recent years with the addition of more style options. Golf shoes really do run the gamut in terms of what they look like and how versatile they can be. When it’s all said and done, golf footwear can be divided into two main categories: traditional and athletic.
Traditional golf shoes have a very classic look. Generally constructed from leather, traditional golf shoes are very sturdy and long lasting. Because of the leather construction, they are known to be very comfortable and are commonly waterproof. Check the shoe’s product description to ensure the one you’re trying on is indeed waterproof. One downfall to a traditional golf shoe is a lack in breathability.
If air circulation is important to you, you may want to consider an athletic golf shoe. Because of their overall look, athletic golf shoes can be confused with everyday running or cross-training footwear. They have a very different appearance compared to their traditional counterparts, so if you know what you are looking for, distinguishing between the two can be easy.
Athletic golf shoes are breathable, lightweight and extremely flexible (much like conventional athletic shoes), making this shoe style comfortable in any number of outdoor conditions. Many athletic golf shoes also carry waterproof guarantees and offer a wide variety of style and color options for players.
TO SPIKE OR NOT TO SPIKE?
Spiked and spikeless options are available in both styles of golf shoes (traditional and athletic), but deciding which is right for you is purely based on personal preference.
Spikes give golfers a bit more grip when they’re on the course and are generally recommended when playing on wet or hilly courses. On dry surfaces, spiked and spikeless shoes provide equal amounts of traction.
In terms of versitility, spikeless shoes are the leader due to their lightweight construction and flexible soles. Spikeless shoes are now even being worn at work and to the grocery store as everyday wear.
Once you’ve determined which features are most important, you’ll be ready to choose the perfect pair of golf shoes for you and your specific game.
*Quick Tip: Depending on the conditions you play in, you may want to consider shoes with waterproof guarantees. Course conditions can be wet even if you’re not playing in the rain as there’s often moisture on the grass at sunrise and again at sunset. One solution is to buy multiple pairs of golf shoes for different conditions. A pair of spikeless athletic shoes for those hot afternoon rounds and a pair of soft spike, waterproof traditionals for cooler, wetter seasons.