When playing the game of golf you will need to wear golf shoes. These specially designed shoes have spikes on the bottom. This is to help keep a grip in the turf when swinging the club. Traditional golf shoes were leather and had a dressy design. The spikes were made of metal.
In recent years, metal spikes have been banned on many golf courses. This is because the metal spikes can easily tear up the delicate course grass, especially on the greens. The newest types of spikes are made of rubber material and are called soft spikes. These are allowed on all courses. Golf shoe spikes are made to be replaced. If you have metal spikes you can change them out to soft spikes when needed. A spike wrench is an inexpensive tool that can easily remove a spike from the shoe bottom so it can be replaced with another type.
Almost every major athletic shoe company makes golf shoes for both men and women. They are available in many different styles and from many different materials. Those who play mainly on private courses may prefer a more traditional looking shoe. These work well with the stricter dress code at many of the clubs. You can also find golf shoes that are styled like athletic shoes. These are more casual but may also be more comfortable.
When choosing golf shoes comfort is a major consideration. Look for shoes that give good support yet are lightweight. The heavier the shoe the more tired your legs will be at the end of a round of play. Always try on golf shoes before purchasing them. You need to be sure that the fit is perfect. Shoes that are too large or too small can cause blisters and foot cramps during play. Try the shoes on with a pair of socks similar to those you will wear on the course. Try golf shoes on at the end of the day rather than at the start. Our feet tend to expand during the day so it's best to get shoes that will fit at that time.
When choosing between two sizes, always opt upwards in size. That way your feet will always fit comfortably, even at the end of the day. Shoes that are slightly large allow room to add gel insoles that may help keep your feet comfortable during a long day of golf.
Choose golf shoes that breathe well. Manmade materials are often too hot, especially after walking in warm weather all day. The soles should be stiff enough to give support but flexible enough to allow comfortable walking.
Avoid buying shoes unless you can try them on. If you want to purchase golf shoes over the Internet first go to a local shop and try on the specific brands and styles you like first. Golf shoes are available in a wide range of prices. If you don't golf too often you may prefer to get shoes in the low to mid price range. Since golf shoe styles change you may find that you want to get a new pair each season or every other season.
Golf shoe care is important. After each golf game be sure to clean the shoes. Remove any dirt and grass from the spikes and clean off any dirt from the uppers. You can keep your golf shoes in a small shoe bag to avoid the spikes hitting into anything else.
Check with the golf course before you arrive to determine the type of spikes they allow. Many golfers prefer to have two different pairs of shoes, each with a different type of spike or cleat on the bottom. Remember that most golf courses will not allow you to play in street shoes.