How To Find The Right Golf Shoe For Your Game
From getting the sizing right to choosing the right upper and outsole there is much more to choosing a golf shoe than meets the eye. Indeed, there are more benefits to getting the right golf shoe than you might think with sizing, style, and grip being the important factors in marrying the right golf shoe to your foot.
Your feet are your only points of contact with the ground during the golf swing, so having the right build and materials to suit your feet and the conditions you play in is vital to building confidence and comfort underfoot. Research shows golfers take upwards of 13,000 steps during a round of golf, so getting the fit, look, performance, and comfort right are essential to enjoying the walk. Here, we’ve come up with three key decisions you need to make and how to make them ahead of purchasing your next golf shoe.
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This is the single most important factor when investing in your next pair of golf shoes. Far too many of us are wearing shoes that aren’t quite the right fit, and this often leads to pain in the foot as well as the shoe wearing out in places it shouldn’t. Golf shoes will last a lot longer if they are the right size and will also mean next to no aches and pains in your feet, especially in key areas like the heel and the toe. Another benefit few of us realize is that the right-fitting shoe will allow you to generate more power in the golf swing – you might even be able to hit the ball a little further with the right-sized shoes on your feet.
Firstly, we’d always recommend getting fitted by a professional. Not many of us have had this done and many of us haven’t had our feet professional measured since we were kids. A professional fitting can also look at the width of your foot, something few of us know the actual measurements of. Professioanl fitting aside, there are a few tips and tricks you can do yourself to test whether a shoe is the perfect fit or not. Consider this a checklist for when you’re next trying on a pair of shoes to decipher for yourself whether they are the right fit.
Firstly, the gap between the eyelets of the shoes should be about a thumbs width apart when the laces are tightened. This will show you that the shoe is supporting the top of your foot nicely and that it isn’t too large or small around the top area. Next up you need to check how close your…