How do you choose the right golf shoes?
When you are looking for the right pair of golf shoes, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration.
The first thing you need to decide is whether you want a golf shoe with spikes or a spikeless shoe.
Spikeless golf shoes:
Spikeless golf shoes are for you if you are looking for a more relaxed and comfortable option.
They do not provide the same level of grip and stability that you will find with the spiked options – but if you play under dry conditions and like to walk around the course, then a spikeless shoe will do just fine for most golfers.
Another great benefit of a spikeless shoe is that you can wear them everywhere, even in the club house where you are normally not allowed to wear golf shoes.
Spiked golf shoes:
If you are looking for the most grip and stability that you can get while playing golf, then spiked shoes are your best bet. They have spikes that go into the ground to provide stability and traction. This is especially important if you play in wet conditions, or on golf courses with lots of uphill and downhill slopes.
As metal spikes are banned at most courses, plastic spikes are now the new standard. These are also more lightweight and flexible.
Also, If you swing quickly or have a lot of foot motion in your swing, the sturdier base that spikes will provide is essential for any time the ground is wet.
Do beginners need golf shoes?
First of all, golf shoes are not a requirement for beginners, but they can be beneficial to learn the game in.
But if you aren’t sure that golf is for you, or if you are just starting out, then it is perfectly fine to begin learning and playing in regular sneakers. Just make sure that they have a good grip on the ground as this will help with your stability when swinging.
Are golf shoes true to size?
Golf shoes tend to follow the same sizing as regular shoes and top manufacturers like Nike or Puma doesn’t have a sizing system of their own used for their golf shoes meaning that if you use a regular pair of Nike shoes in a US size 10, you should buy your Nike golf shoes in the same size.
How should golf shoes fit?
Modern golf shoes tend to fit much more comfortably than they used to which is important as you will be spending a lot of time in them walking around.
When buying a new pair, it’s of course crucial to find the right size to make sure the shoe fits. You should have enough room in the toe area but not too much extra space as this could cause your foot to move around inside the shoe when you swing. They should fit tight (but not uncomfortably tight) at the heel, to secure stability and support.
The lacing system of your golf shoes can also have a big impact on the comfort and fit.
There are two main types of lacing systems in modern golf shoes: traditional lace-up systems, or BOA Lace Systems that tighten around your foot with an adjustable dial instead of laces.
Both offer great support but they each have their own benefits.
Traditional lace-up systems:
These are the most common type of lacing system and they offer a custom fit as you can tighten or loosen them to your liking. They also tend to be more affordable than BOA Lace Systems.
BOA lacing system:
If you are looking for a fast and easy way to get a perfect fit, then BOA Lace Systems are the way to go. They tighten around your foot with a small dial that you can easily adjust on the fly.
The only downside of BOA Laces is that they can be more expensive than traditional lace-up systems.
Most modern golf shoes are mostly made from synthetic or leather materials.
Leather golf shoes are the most popular type and they offer a luxurious feel and look. They are also more durable than synthetic materials. They offer great protection from the weather and a comfortable fit.
If you are looking for a more affordable and lightweight option, then synthetic materials should be your preference as they tend to be less expensive than leather options. They also offer good protection from the elements but do not come with all of the added benefits that leather shoes have such as durability.
How long will they last?
On average, you should be able to get at least 2 seasons out of a good quality pair of golf shoes.
The life of your golf shoes, however, will of course depend on how often you play, the type of materials they are made from, and how well you take care of them.
How to take care of your golf shoes?
Just like any other piece of equipment, taking care of your golf shoes is essential if you want them to last.
Here are a few tips on how to extend the life of your golf shoes:
- Wipe them down with a damp cloth after each use to get rid of any dirt or debris.
- Gently brush any dirt off the bottom of your shoes.
- Let them air dry
These tips will help make your golf shoes last longer, so that you can get the most out of yours for as long as possible.