If you’re looking for new footwear for the links, you’ll want to know how to choose golf shoes.
There’s a few things you need to consider when making your selection and this guide will show you everything to make a smart purchase.
You can look at my top picks for golf shoes here too.
Here’s A Video To Help
This video will help out a lot:
Not too bad, right? Read on to learn more!
Spiked Vs. Not Spiked
As a golfer is preparing to shop around for their next pair of golf shoes, the first thing to consider is if they want the shoe to have spikes. By definition, spiked shoes have a spike at the bottom that is designed to provide grip on the turf for when the golfer is torquing their lower body to hit their shot.
Spike shoes come in one of two varieties: metal or soft spikes. The traditional golf shoe for years featured the metal bottom spikes where several spikes protruded from the bottom of the show providing great grip on the turf. But with that great grip on the metal spikes comes the downside of being very hard on the course, most specifically the greens.
The long metal spikes have been known to leave quite the mark around the cup and by rule, spike marks are not able to be repaired. It is becoming more commonplace for courses to ban metal spikes, so it is advised for a golfer to check the rules with the courses that they play on a regular basis before buying metal spiked shoes.
Soft spikes have come on in popularity in more recent years and feature screw-in plastic spikes that are round in nature and inter-changeable for when they wear out. The circular design of each spike is designed to distribute the weight on the ground more and reduce wear and tear on the course itself. The soft spikes have great grip on the course as well when hitting golf shots. The soft spikes also have the ability to flex when walking, making them much more comfortable on the golfer’s feet, legs and back than traditional metal spikes.
Newer to the market are spikeless shoes that feature rubber studs on the bottom of the shoe that provide grip on the course. The spikeless shoes have taken off in popularity due to the fact that they can be worn off the course and are perfect for hard surfaces like the local driving range. The obvious downside of the spikeless shoe is a concession on the grip on the course in wet conditions.
After the type of spike is determined on the shoe, the golfer then needs to determine the style of shoe that they will wear. Any golfer who has watched the pros on the PGA tour knows the traditional style with its classic, leather look and feel.
Usually sitting near the top of the price range for shoes, the traditional golf shoe style offers a long-lasting and waterproof shoe with its leather construction and a great overall look on the golf course. Being leather and fully enclosed, the downside of the traditional shoe is the inability for the shoe to breathe. A long, sweaty 18-hole walk can lead to quite the stinky shoe at the end of the round.
Another style of golf shoe that is growing in popularity is the athletic-styled shoe. They feature a look that is similar to any running or walking shoe and they are now manufactured with comfort in mind. The athletic style shoes will most likely feature either the soft spike or rubber gripped spikeless sole.
The shoes are lightweight, breathable and come in a wide variety of patterns, color and fashion statements for the wearer. With more advances recently in the athletic style golf shoe, some are available with waterproof guarantees as well.
For the casual golfer, even more golf shoe styles are hitting the market to meet the needs of the wearer. Golf sandals have been a recent craze for those that like to feel the open air on their feet when golfing, making them perfect for summer wear on the course.
They can be found in the more traditional leather strapped design or the more casual slide-in design. The sandal styles are most often found in soft spike or spikeless design. The downside of the sandal design is the lack of support around the foot during the swing and the obvious lack of waterproofing being open aired.
Materials Of Golf Shoe
Another piece to consider when looking at purchasing a golf shoe is the type of material that it is constructed from. The most popular choice is leather for its waterproofing and style but often sits in the higher price range. Shoes constructed with waterproof linings, like Goretex, offer the golfer an extremely water resistant shoe that is more breathable and warmer than leather.
And finally, a polyester synthetic material can be used to cover the outer shell of the shoe. The polyester is lighter than leather but not quite as breathable but definitely come at a lower price range.
Trying Them On
The final thing for a golfer to do before ponying up the money for a new pair of golf shoes is to put the shoes on and try them out. When taking the shoes for a test run, the golfer should walk around the store for a bit to get a feel for their comfort and fit on the foot.
Gently rocking back and forth to distribute weight between the legs will give a good feel for how they’ll perform on the course. Last, if the store happens to have an indoor range or net to hit into, actually hitting a few shots with the shoes on is the ultimate test for how the shoe will perform on the course.
Hope This Helps!
Choosing a good pair of golf shoes isn’t too difficult. You have to decide whether you want spiked shoes, or not, look at the materials and make sure you get a comfortable pair. If you can do well in these three departments, you’ll get a good pair.
If you want to look at my to picks for golf footwear, click below:
You’ll find all kinds of shoes on that list for both men and women.
If you have any questions you can comment below and I’ll make sure to respond as quickly as possible. You can search around the golf section up top for more tips and gear reviews too.
Are you excited to try out your new golf shoes?