You’ve got your favourite clubs, trekked out to find a golf bag in Tesco and you’re dressed the part – it’s time to hit the green! But in those shoes? I don’t think so. While some courses may not require that you wear golf shoes, if you want to look the part and get the best out of your swing then an excellent pair of golf shoes is essential. So what should you be looking for in your golfing shoes?
The first thing you need to consider is what type of golf shoe you need. When you think about golf shoes your mind probably goes to the classic, two-tone look that has adorned the feet of golfing pros for decades, but that’s not your only choice.
While a classic golf shoe is suitable for most greens and conditions, if you’re passionate enough to want to play in wet, wild or freezing cold conditions the brand new golf boot could be for you. With an appearance similar to a hiking or wellington boot, the golf boot is ideal for golfing through the winter months and ensures you can stay out on the green while keeping your feet toasty. The drawback to these boots is that they tend to be very pricey, so only true golfing fanatics should invest.
Conversely, if you like to golf during the warmer months and a little wiggle room for your toes then golf sandals could be your answer. Similar to regular sandals apart from the spikes on the underside, golf sandals are breathable and ideal for buggy golf.
For most, the classic golf shoe will offer the most versatile option by far. Available in a huge range of materials, from traditional leather to Gore-Tex waterproof materials, classic golf shoes are wearable through both the summer and winter months and are much trendier looking than sandals or boots. Leather is the most common choice of material, as it is breathable in the summer and somewhat water proof for wet weather or damp grass.
After you’ve chosen your shoe, you need to think about the spikes: most golfing pros wear metal spikes, but these have become less common outside of the pro circuit as they damage the green. Although you can still buy metal spikes, some golf courses won’t let you on the green with them. Plastic spikes are the norm now, but there is also a wealth of spikeless shoes on the market. These shoes come with grooves in the sole that grip the green much like the spikes would, but are slightly less effective. For a better swing, plastic spikes are your best option.
Whether you’re looking to buy your first pair of golf shoes, or just feel the ones you have aren’t right for you, now you will be equipped with the knowledge you need to find the right ones for you.
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