What shoes did you first wear when you started golfing? I remember back when I first started golfing I wore Tennis Shoes, then a few years later I went to golf shoes with metal spikes. Of course I don’t think any courses let you have metal spikes anymore, at least none I play at.
I have practiced in Dress Shoes, Tennis Shoes, Golf Shoes with soft spikes and have practiced golf not wearing any shoes at all. As you can see in the above photo that is the equipment I carry to most courses with me. I have my golf clubs, Iowa golf bag, shag bag full of practice balls, two pairs of golf shoes, rain gear in my golf bag and I always have plenty of Biliner Spring Water.
While some kind of footwear is required on most golf courses, are golf shoes really necessary? This is a question to be answered by each individual golfer as it is his or her feet we are talking about.
Some courses require soft spikes only so the course doesn’t get chewed up with the walking around people have to do when playing, especially if the people are walking the entire course. And, most club houses will only allow soft spikes to be worn inside, to protect the carpet.
Let us be honest with one another, the vast majority of golf shoes are not attractive footwear. But, golf shoes are far from being the ugliest footwear in sports. That honor, dubious though it may be, belongs entirely to bowling shoes. Who, in their right mind, would want to wear red and green shoes, especially that type of shoes? At least golf shoes are designed in a more practical, and somewhat more attractive, manner. But, are they really needed in order for a person to play golf?
No, they are not. The footwear a golfer chooses to wear can be practically anything from moccasins to a good athletic shoe. A golfer’s footwork is more important than his or her choice in footwear.
But, the shoe a golfer wears should be comfortable on his or her feet. There is nothing worse for a golfer than an uncomfortable shoe. If the toes are pinched, or the back rides up on the heel, the golfer will be miserable and will not be able to concentrate on playing golf, which is why he or she is on the golf course in the first place.
So, comfort comes first. After comfort, traction is important. This is because the golfer can’t have their feet turning after they have struck the ball. If this happens, the ball will careen wildly, most likely winding up as a major league slice or hook. The ball, though, will not go where the golfer had planned to hit it.
Should a golfer choose to forego golf shoes for another type of footwear, he or she should think about the type of shoe he or she wants to wear on the links. They should then examine the tread pattern on the bottom of the shoe. If the bottom of the shoe is slick, with no pattern at all, it would be a good idea to leave these shoes behind as there will be little, if any traction, and none at all if the course is wet, either from rain or dew.
What is the best type of tread pattern? Again, this will be up to the individual golfer and his or her preferences. For some, the old tire tread pattern (used on the sole of a lot of boots and sandals) works well. This type of shoe sole will provide traction for the golfer.
Some may prefer a circular pattern of sole, while others may like something entirely different. I think more people are playing with the new shoes without spikes on them but with raised patterns on the bottom of the shoe.
The most important thing, though, is for the golfer to be comfortable and confident with the shoes being worn when playing. In fact, the less a golfer thinks about shoes when playing is a good thing. The shoes I wear are Foot Joy and I keep two pair in my trunk of the car. One pair I use for practice rounds and the other pair I use for Tournaments. I like to buy good, comfortable shoes that are waterproof the best they can be because I normally am around or in the water. LOL
My next blog I should have my new Putting Green installed and let you see it.
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