Proper foot positioning is an important aspect of a successful golf game. Without proper shoes, it can be difficult to carry the force of a golf swing through properly. Poorly fit golf shoes can also bring on blisters, neuromas, and other debilitating foot conditions. The best solution is to find a golf shoe that is lightweight, well-cushioned, and comfortable enough to walk in for the time required to play a full round of golf.
What to look for in golf shoes
In the past, golf footwear was limited to wing-tip oxfords with spikes. The focus was fashion over comfort. Golf shoes today are designed much more like athletic footwear.
There are countless styles and shapes to choose from when selecting golf shoes. Here are some tips to consider when trying-on and purchasing golf shoes:
- Look for shoes with well-cushioned soles and heels.
Shop for golf shoes in the late afternoon when your feet are slightly swollen.
- To guard against fungal growth, choose golf shoes that are breathable.
- Transfer your shoe inserts to golf shoes in store when you try them on.
- Try a practice swing when you try on golf shoes to ensure there is sufficient traction.
- Try on golf shoes with the same type of socks you will wear when you play.
- If you are a serious golfer, consider purchasing golf shoes with spikes. Shoes with spikes can help stabilize your feet when you swing.
Issues created by improper fit
Foot injuries are common among golfers. Injuries are exacerbated when there are any underlying structural problems with the feet. Poorly fitting footwear is often to blame for many of the acute and chronic injuries facing golfers, including:
- Ankle sprains
- Heel pain
- Ligament sprains
- Morton’s neuroma
- Stress fractures
If you are experiencing foot pain after a round of golf, check your shoes. Persistent foot pain means that you should seek help from a podiatrist.