Golf Shoes – Are They Necessary?

Sometimes, when you’re just going to the range, or out for a casual 9, you might not want to wear golf shoes. They’re an extra item to forget and an extra thing to toss in the trunk. You probably change in and out of them before you play, also, which means that you’ll be carrying TWO pairs of shoes when you go golfing. You might wonder – why bother?

You’ve probably got some friends that are casual golfers. They don’t own golf shoes. They show up in sneakers or tennis shoes and play that way. “I don’t need them,” they might say. Next thing you know, you feel like a fancy schmancy golf snob – and you’re wearing clunky golf shoes instead of the cool sneakers your friends have.

Don’t be discouraged. Your shoes are serving a purpose. Your shoes are helping your game. Plus, let’s be honest – they’re super comfortable.

Not to mention, some golf courses actually require proper golf shoes on their courses.

Golf shoes are like any other sporting shoe – designed with the player in mind. Basketball shoes are built to provide excellent ankle support. Cleats provide traction on a variety of surfaces. While many golf shoes look like the boring uncle to modern sneakers (and maybe a cousin to bowling shoes), they actually provide great support for your feet on the course.

How Golf Shoes are Built

When compared to regular shoes, golf shoes tend to have wider bases, lower cuts, and spikes.

Wide Base

The wide base of a golf shoe helps you stay grounded and keep your balance throughout your swing. Imagine trying to swing your golf club in high heels or skinny soccer cleats. You could easily topple over or end up leaning too far forward. A sturdy foundation in your shoes means your body has a wider surface area for your weight – so you can stay put.

Low Cut

When you try on golf shoes, you’ll notice that the ankles of many are very low when compared to other sporting shoes. You can often see your entire ankle and your medial malleolus – the bone that sticks out on the inside of your ankle. The freedom-from-shoe here means that you can better turn and have a better range of motion without your ankle receiving pressure in the reverse direction.


If you’ve walked on wet grass, you know how it is. One wrong step and suddenly you’re either doing the splits or landing on your rear. And that’s just from walking. When you quickly twist your body while standing on a patch of wet or rough terrain, you’re even more likely to have a spill. High speed of rotation with unsteady footing is a terrible combination. The spikes on the bottom of your shoes combats the varying terrain you’ll encounter on the course. Whether you’re in a sand trap, on wet grass, or holding still during a crucial putt, your shoes can help.

Golf Shoes Make a Difference

With a sturdier foundation, more flexibility, and adaptability on all terrains, a good pair of golf shoes can really help your game. Sneakers might be fine for a casual trip to the range, but when you hit the real greens, slip on some real golf shoes.

Looking for golf shoes, but don’t want to spend a fortune? Check out our post on how to Make Golf More Affordable.

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