You wouldn’t wear bowling shoes if you are going out jogging or hiking in the mountains. So why would you wear regular shoes on the golf course? Golf shoes are athletic footwear designed to offer safety and comfort for golfers of all skill levels. There are also special features to golf shoes that can help people with their game.
Anatomy Of A Golf Shoe
Wide Rubber Soles
Wide-track rubber soles on golf shoes offers balance and stability while swinging and navigating the course. The soles are lightweight enough so that golfers can trek across the course without tiring their feet. The wide base allows golfers to stand still and swing without throwing their bodies off-balance.
Molded Grips, Cleats or Spikes
Uneven, wet and slippery ground can cause slip and fall accidents for golfers. The molded grips, spikes or cleats allows the shoe to grip the grass so golfers can maintain their footing on the uneven ground. The spikes can also make a golfer have a more stable stance when taking a swing. Since some golf courses do not allow spikes on golf shoes because they do not want the ground damaged, you can look into detachable spikes or golf shoes with molded cleats.
A unique aspect about golf shoes is that along the arches are built-in stabilizers. These stabilizers prevent the feet from sliding to the right or left when a golfer takes a swing. While many people believe that golf doesn’t involve much motion to the feet when the player is up close to the ball, the fact is that the feet are in motion as a golfer shifts their weight to take the swing.
Standing for long hours along the 18 holes on a course can take a toll on a person’s feet. Extra padding allows players to engage in walking golf to stay fit along the course as they can walk up to 3 to 4 miles while playing. In addition, golfers need that extra padding for shock absorption when hitting the ball during those long drives. Without it, the balls of their feet would begin to ache as this circumstance can affect their game performance.
Source: River’s Edge Golf Blog