How to Buy Golf Shoes
When it comes to golf shoes, finding the right fit can be a big step forward for your game. Here's what you need to know when shopping for your next pair of golf shoes.
This step-by-step details the process to find your perfect size. You should always get measured first with a brannock device (from heel to tip) to accurately measure your feet. It is important to measure both feet, since many people find they have two different sized feet. Once you have your size, you should try on the shoe.
Don't forget about the width. One of the most common issues people have is wearing a Golf Shoe that doesn't fit the width of his/her feet. Place your thumb on where you tie your laces. That opening at the top of the shoe should be about a thumbs width apart. If it is more, you may need to choose a shoe with a greater width, and if it's less you may need to choose a narrow shoe. You may need to look at wide or extra-wide options to find the perfect fit. If you're in between sizes - or have two different sized feet - always opt for the larger of size. You want to allow for a 1/2 inch of space between your big toe and the tip of the shoe. If you use orthotics or inserts, be sure to check if your shoe has removable inserts to ensure a good fit.
The shape of the arch is often over looked when selecting the right shoe. For some golfers wearing an uncomfortable shoe, this could be entirely based on the arch support he or she is lacking. The easiest way to find out your arch shape/support needed is to wet your foot and place it on a piece of paper like a brown paper bag. You will quickly be able to see if your arch is low, normal or high.
If you have a low arch/flat feet, a v-shaped throat may be right for you with a stable midsole.
If you have a higher arch, a wider U-Throat shoe with significant arch support may be your best fit.
- Spiked shoes provide a more stable base and grip for extra stability through your swing.
- The slight sacrifice in grip and waterproofing in a spikeless shoe is offset by the comfort and style of shoe. Most people prefer spikeless shoes on firmer surfaces like practice ranges.
- Leather or synthetic
- Leather offers comfort and, when broken in, will mold to your foot. The material is a good choice for warmer temperatures. Synthetic will be a less-expensive option that offers similar functions to the leather shoes.
- A thick, waterproof material, Gore-Tex is ideal for golfers playing in colder, damper conditions.
- Polyester is thinner and lighter than some of the other material options, though not as durable.