How to Choose Proper Shoes for Golfing
Did you know that during an 18-hole game of golf, a player walks an average distance of four-to-five miles? That is a significant amount of walking, and the biomechanics of golf make your feet as vital to the success of your swing as the other parts of the body. You need to get and keep your feet in the correct position to help carry the force of the swing through. And that can be impacted by your footwear.
Foot injuries and issues associated with golf are usually tied to overstressing and overdoing it. This can especially be an issue if you have an underlying structural problem. Common golf injuries include tendonitis, capsulitis, and ligament sprains and pulls. Wearing inappropriate shoes for golfing can result in blisters, neuromas, and other general foot pain. If you are having any of these issues, you should see a podiatrist for treatment. That way, you can get back on green as quickly as possible!
You'll spend a lot of time on your feet while playing golf, so the most important thing is to choose shoes that will provide you with comfort. Golfing footwear is available in a variety of types, from the traditional oxford-style shoes to sandals and even in boots. Whatever style you decide to go with, make sure the shoes you choose are lightweight and have plenty of cushioning in the soles and heels. Also, make sure the shoes are made from a breathable material, are water resistant and provide good traction. The middle portion of the shoe will feel a little bit tighter than it does when you wear a regular shoe. This will help to support your swing. Also, when shoe shopping for any type of shoes, take the socks you plan on wearing with you to the store and try them on with the shoes.
Serious golfers may want to look into buying spikes for their shoes. If you do decide to shoes with spikes, try them on and try walking around wearing spikes. It takes time to adjust. Read up on the policy for wearing spikes on each golf course you play on as well. Spikes can help to give you some extra traction and stabilize the foot. They are made from a variety materials including soft, polyurethane spikes, which are less damaging to the green and lightweight but do not give as much traction as a heavier material, and carbide or ceramic spikes, which are for avid golfers who spend a lot of time playing the game. Carbide or ceramic spikes are made to be durable and often they outlast the shoe's upper. Metal spikes are very durable as well. They often last the life of the shoe. They give good traction, but must be maintained very carefully to help prevent rust from forming on them.