To be blunt, not all tournaments require golfers to wear a pair of golf shoes, but wearing them can assure the golfer that he or she is already a step closer to victory. The right golf footwear for the golfer can provide important support during the game, when and where the golfer needs it most.
Unlike ordinary shoes, golf footwear provides support from within, keeping the feet from going side to side as the golfer delivers his or her swing. The spikes underneath the shoes help the golfer keep his footing and make his stance sturdy. The golfer is practically glued on the ground.
There are metal and plastic spikes to choose from. More and more golfers are starting to prefer the plastic ones because they can provide a more comfortable feel underneath the feet. The metal spikes are hard and can become uncomfortable over time. Plastic spikes are also lighter and therefore, gentler on the legs and feet.
It is equally important for the golfer to feel comfortable all throughout the game as he or she walks miles and miles or stands for long agonizing hours. Comfortable shoes can make everything less troublesome.
There are spikeless golf shoes that may not provide the same traction as the ones with spikes, but they are more comfortable and are definitely better than ordinary shoes. The usual street shoes won’t be able to give the needed traction that a golfer needs while delivering his or her swing on the field. The golfer might only lose his or her footing each time he or she swings his or her golf club, especially if the ground is soft or wet.
Choosing the Winning Shoes
Beginners should choose among such shoes as if they were deciding for their future. Why? It’s because their choice of golf footwear will determine whether they will reach their goal. It is recommended that even during practice a golfer should wear his or her pair of shoes for playing golf. The reason for this is, partly, to become more familiar with the shoes and feel the difference between using ordinary shoes and using golf footwear.
A beginner can start with spikeless shoes because they are more comfortable, and then he or she can decide later if he or she needs to get the ones with spikes. Spikeless shoes do not give the same traction as the ones with spikes, and spiked shoes are definitely the number one provider of the needed traction of a golfer. Most professional golfers prefer spiked golf shoes.
The good news is that plastic spikes (the more comfortable between the two types of spikes) and spikeless shoes are still evolving and hopefully they will be able to meet and provide the kind of grip to the ground that metal spikes give.
A prudent golfer should always keep him or herself updated regarding the latest in gears and equipments. It is possible that the manufacturers have been able to discover a more fitting pair of shoes for a serious golfer. Remember that comfort and stability should come first before looking good, and make sure to choose a pair that won’t feel awkward when worn.
Every game of golf is an important one and should be taken seriously. It is not a game that only befits the rich and wealthy. A golf player exudes certain elegance and grace not because he or she belongs to a well-to-do family, but because he or she takes the game seriously and believes that he or she can do anything as long as he or she is together with his trusted allies – his or her golf shoes and clubs.