Drysdale podiatrist, Eve Drew, shares some tips for choosing your next pair of golf shoes. Whether you are a hacker or playing off scratch, you need comfortable feet to play your best round!
During a standard 18 hole round, most golfers walk around 8.5km, when adding off course measurements like carpark, clubhouse etc, the total is closer to a whopping 10km. No wonder a lot of people suffer from foot and ankle pain when playing golf! Wearing suitable, well fitting shoes is essential to keeping your feet comfortable and functioning efficiently.
How to choose the best golf shoe for YOU:
- Lots of variability including spikes, cleats and soft moulded outsoles
- Which outsole to choose depends on your swing/strike speed (spikes/cleats will provide more stability/traction for those striking the ball with speed) and the weather conditions e.g. dry conditions don’t need as much traction as in the wet.
- This is the top part of a shoe
- The upper determines the look of a shoe, (important for the fashion conscious golfer), but also contributes to the fit and function of a shoe
- Many different materials to choose from including leather and mesh
- The material you choose will determine how waterproof your shoe is and will affect the weight and breathability of the shoe
- The upper shape will determine the width of the shoe also – if you have any foot deformities such as bunions or hammer toes, you will need to ensure the toebox of your shoe has plenty of width and depth and softer upper materials will stretch over the bumps more comfortably
- A removable liner is important for those who wear orthotics or require more depth/width
- Various options include laces and ‘Boa’ fastening systems (which can be handy for those who find it hard to tie laces)
- To find the right fit for you, get some advice from your podiatrist or head into a reputable footwear store for assessment and fittings
Best golf shoes of 2021
- Mens and women’s
- Soft leather upper
- Gore-tex lined to keep feet dry during unpredictable course conditions
- Great cushioning to keep you comfortable all day
- Removable foot bed, allowing for multiple width options or the option to replace with orthotics
- Hybrid sole makes it great for the golf course but also walking to and from (or heading to the pub after a round!)
Footjoy Pro SL
- Waterproof leather upper
- A stable shoe with good ground contact area and 189 points of traction
- Orthotic friendly
Footjoy Contour Casual
- Popular with the recreational golfers
When to see a podiatrist?
If sore feet are holding you back on the course, our team of experienced podiatrists can help by offering the following assessments and an appropriate recovery plan:
- Gait assessment to review if your walking gait is contributing to your pain
- Footwear assessment and advice to ensure you are wearing appropriate shoes for your foot type, biomechanics and your game!
- Orthotic management to reduce load on injured tissues
- Provide a strength program to improve endurance/power/strength