November 14


What Do Golf Shoes Do & Gow They Make a Difference

By Teddy

November 14, 2022

Ever since I can remember, golf has been one of my Dad’s favorite past times. I’ve always wanted to join him on the green, but something has always stopped me. Maybe it was the price of clubs or the occasion when I had to wear nice clothes. But I think I know what it really is…the shoes. The first time I ever golfed I didn’t wear the right shoes and kept slipping and sliding, embarrassing myself. So if you’re not sure if you need golf shoes or not, then listen up and avoid the embarrassment I went through.

We’re here to answer all of your questions about golf shoes so you can finally take that next step toward playing a round with dear old Dad as I did.

Why Do People Wear Them?

There are two main reasons people choose to don golf shoes while they play. The first has to do with traction. The spikes on the bottom of golf shoes help keep you planted while you swing, which can result in more powerful and accurate hits. 

The second reason has to do with comfort. Walking around a golf course can be tough on your feet if you’re not used to it (trust us, we know from experience). Wearing golf shoes helps reduce foot fatigue and makes it easier to focus on your game. 

Do I need golf shoes? 

While you don’t technically need golf shoes, they are highly recommended and will definitely improve your game. Golf shoes have spikes on the bottom that grip the turf and prevent you from slipping. They also have extra support in the arch and heel, which provides stability and keeps your feet from getting tired. Trust us, after walking 18 holes in regular sneakers, you’ll be glad you invested in a good pair of golf shoes.

However, if you don’t have golf shoes, you can still wear sneakers to go play. Just be prepared to slip while swinging.

Can’t I Just Use My Tennis Shoes?

While there are tennis shoes that look similar to golf shoes the biggest difference is the grip is not designed for grass. If you wear tennis shoes you will likely slip while swinging; BUT, technically you can use tennis shoes on a golf course just know that tennis shoes are best suited for running around on hard surfaces like asphalt or concrete—not grassy hillsides dotted with sand traps. If you’re insistent on using tennis shoes, be aware that if you swing full force you are likely going to fall.

What are the different types of golf shoes? 

Golf shoes generally fall into two categories: spikeless and traditional. Spikeless golf shoes have rubber studs on the bottom instead of metal spikes. They’re less likely to damage the greens and they’re easier to walk in, but they don’t provide as much traction as traditionally spiked golf shoes. So, if you’re new to the game, we recommend starting with spikeless golf shoes and then transitioning to spiked ones as you get more comfortable with your swing.


Now that you know a little bit more about golf shoes, we hope that you’ll consider investing in a good pair! They may seem like an unnecessary expense at first, but trust us—after walking 18 holes in regular sneakers, you’ll be glad you did. And who knows? With the right pair of shoes, maybe this amateur golfer can finally start breaking 80… let’s be honest we are all trying to break 100.

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