Golf shoes are important to the success of your game, especially when you consider that the average golfer walks about 4 to 5 miles during a round, and spends about 4 to 5 hours on his feet. Here are some important guidelines for choosing golf shoes that fit properly:
Before selecting a size, measure both feet. If you get different measurements, then choose the size that fits the larger foot.
When you try new golf shoes, wear the kind of socks that you intend to wear with your shoes.
Test your shoes by standing on one foot at a time. Wiggle your toes and stand on your tiptoes. Shoes should bend at the same place where your foot bends.
Golf shoes should fit tighter in the middle portion of the foot than other shoes. This area offers the most support while swinging. The middle portion of the shoe will stretch over time.
Be sure that you have one-half inch of space from the end of your big toe to the tip of the shoe.
Depending on the conditions you play in, you may want to consider a waterproof shoe. Waterproof shoes are more expensive, but they are much more comfortable in wet conditions. Leather uppers are the best for providing support and waterproofing. Shoes made of synthetic leather are less expensive but do not breathe as well nor do they offer as much waterproof protection.
Last, but not least, choose the style of shoe you feel most comfortable wearing. Golf shoes come in more options today than ever before and include traditional saddle, trendy styles, athletic styling and even golf sandals for those that take the laid back approach to the game.
Q: What are the main performance differences between leather and synthetic leather shoes?
A: The adage “you get what you pay for” is very true when it comes to your golf footwear. Leather uppers are the best for providing support and waterproofing. Waterproof shoes are more expensive, but they are much more comfortable in wet conditions. Shoes made of synthetic leather are cheaper but are not as waterproof or as breathable.
Q: How do I know what spikes to buy and how frequently should I changes the spikes on my shoes?
A: Look for the Spike Replacement Guide located on our website or in a Golfsmith shoe department to determine what types of spikes you need for your shoes. A good rule of thumb for changing spikes is as follows: If you play once a week and walk frequently or carry your bag, you should change your spikes about every three months. This will help you maintain good traction during your swing for maximum stability.
Q: Are golf shoes offered in different widths?
A: Most golf shoes are offered in a variety of widths to accommodate the different foot types, so you can check out our Shoe Sizing Chart. Make sure you measure your foot before you buy shoes to ensure you know the proper width. Keep in mind that athletic shoes typically run wider than traditional saddle shoes because they are built on an athletic style base.
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