When you don't have a good pair of golf shoes, even the most high-tech golf equipment can’t always make up for it. Golf shoes should help support and balance your body to give you a proper stance. They should also be comfortable and protective enough so that you can focus on your swing and not on your feet. There are countless golf shoes available for sale online, but consider these factors so that you can get the most for your money:
Your normal shoe size may not be your golf shoe size. Measure the length and width of each foot separately. Many people have one foot that is larger than the other and you may need two different sized shoes. Add a ½ inch (about 1 ¼ centimeters) to the length to allow enough room for your toes to move while still keeping the shoe snug in the center and the back in order to provide support.
Comfort is essential to any pair of shoes, but that can mean different things depending on when and where you play. If you only play golf in the summer and use a golf cart to get around the course, you may prefer a pair of golf sandals, which allow for more breathability, but aren't ideal for walking miles on uneven terrain. If you walk the course, a closed-toe shoe with a waterproof padded lining can keep your feet from getting soaked from wet grounds and sweat. Some shoe manufacturers include removable molded insoles to help provide greater comfort and support.
The type of spikes on the shoe can also affect how comfortable a pair of golf shoes are. Spikes are wider and distribute your weight more evenly when you stand. Nubs like the ones found on spikeless golf shoes are best for people with knee problems since they create the least amount of pressure.
If you play golf regularly throughout the year, you need a more durable shoe than a casual golfer would. Leather shoes are typically more expensive than shoes made from synthetic materials, but they often provide improved waterproof technologies. The price of a leather shoe can vary as well, depending on its type and quality. It's a good idea to get multiple pairs of shoes if you play more than once a week as it will extend the life of the shoes.
A perfect pair of golf shoes fits your personality as well as your feet. FootJoy is renowned for the more traditional saddle-style golf shoes (although they also offer more modern styles, too). On the other end of the spectrum, brands like Puma, Nike, and adidas that are more commonly associated with sneakers offer mainly hybrid designs (which mix traditional and sneaker-styles). This is also true of ECCO and Ashworth. FootJoy and Callaway offer both saddle and sneaker-type shoes. Golf sandals usually come in either flip-flop or a more rugged strappy style.
Once you have the shoes in front of you, try them on with golf socks (or whatever socks you will be wearing when you play) to ensure a proper fit. Take a normal step and make sure the crease at the top of the shoe where your toes meet the rest of your foot is not too deep.
Unlike other golf equipment, your shoes are always with you on the course, so take the time to ensure a good relationship.