Start your game
on the right foot
The Sudbury Star
They never touch the ball, but they are a crucial
part of your golf swing and your golf game,
Alright, sure, there might be the odd foot
wedge here and there, but for the most part, golf
shoes provide the all-important anchor for every
shot you make during a round.
"You want to start from the ground up," said
Bud Munroe, from Discount Golf. "The golf shoe
is integral to your game. It controls your lower
body so you can use your big upper body muscles
for your swing."
Selecting the right golf shoe is key to your
game. Not only do they provide the anchor for
your shot, which allows your upper body to follow
through correctly and keep you on target,
but a proper-fitting shoe can make walking 18
holes a breeze. The wrong shoe, especially an illfitting
pair, can ruin your shot, your day and can
make a round of golf an uncomfortable and
painful experience. It can even cut your day
"If the shoes don't fit you properly, you're
going to know about it, because you won't be
thinking about golf. You will be thinking about
how your feet are hurting," Munroe said. "You
start with a good quality shoe and you start with
a good-fitting shoe. Once the shoe fits, you can
concentrate on your game of golf."
The variety of golf shoes available nowadays is
staggering. Leather, canvas, even golf sandals
with plastic spikes, are available in every colour
of the rainbow and just about any design you
like, from formal to casual and everything in
between. You can even get custom-made golf
shoes in the colours of your favourite sports team
with the logo on them, as well. You can spend as
little as $50 on a pair or up to $200 or more.
"Shoes are not cheap, but that's where it
starts," Munroe said. "If you don't have a goodfitting
golf shoe, then your feet start to get sore
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and once your feet get sore, you've lost all mindset
of the game of golf because you're thinking
'my feet hurt.' "
Metal spikes, a handful of heavy hitting PGA
pros aside, have gone the way of wooden woods
and are banned at many courses, due to the
destruction they wreak on greens and elsewhere.
Plastic spikes, much less harmful to the golf
course, are the top choice of golfers nowadays,
while spikeless golf shoes, just introduced in the
last year or so, are becoming more popular all the
time. While they don't have spikes, they are covered
in short nubs all over the sole of the shoe,
giving golfers the grip and anchor they need and
added comfort when walking on hard surfaces.
You also don't need to replace spikes as you do
with plastic ones.
"All the pros are going to this new style of a
shoe, the spikeless ones," Munroe said. "It started
with steel spikes, evolved to plastic spikes and
now they are going to the spikeless shoe. They
are more comfortable and there is still control.
All the companies are coming out with the spikeless
shoes. There are still people who prefer the
plastic spikes, but this is the way it is going."
Another consideration when selecting a shoe is
deciding how waterproof you want them to be.
While you may or may not golf in the rain, an
early morning tee time means the grass is covered
in dew, or you may be on the course after a
rainstorm. Take into consideration the material
of the golf shoe. Leather is still the No. 1 choice,
as it is a waterproof, breathable and durable
material. A more breathable material, perfect for
hot and dry climates, is canvas.
As a cheaper alternative to leather, there are
synthetic or polyester golf shoes. These shoes are
not as breathable or as durable as leather, so they
are not as comfortable and you will end up going
through more pairs than with leather. You will
also find golf shoes that are more suitable for late
fall or early spring and extremely soggy conditions,
as they are highly waterproofed and