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Selecting the right golf shoes for you

January 5, 2014

We all understand how important comfort is, especially on the golf course! With the average golfer walking up to 5 miles per hour, it is important that your footwear fits your feet and your game.

Professional golfers take their footwear selection very seriously, and so should you. To help you out, the expert team at www.function18.com have put together their top tips for choosing the perfect golf shoes;

STYLE

When it comes to selecting a pair of golf shoes, there are 3 main styles available - traditional, athletic and spikeless. Traditional golf shoes are made from leather, are very hard wearing and long lasting, yet lack flexibility and breathability. Whereas athletic golf shoes, both with and without spikes, are lightweight and extremely flexible. Many of the top golf brands including Nike, Adidas, Puma, Footjoy and Oakley supply a wide range of athletic golf shoes, which are now being favoured by the world's best Tour Professionals.

FITTING

No matter how great your golf shoes look, if they don't fit correctly, you will not be a happy golfer!

New golf shoes should give you space to move your toes, feel tight and secure yet give you room for your feet to breathe. Your golf shoes should be a little tighter than your day to day shoes, as you will need the extra support when swinging the club - and if your shoes are too loose this can also cause you to slide or loose stability when taking your swing.

We also suggest getting your feet measured before picking your new shoes - our top tip is to get your feet measured at the end of the day as this is when your feel will be a little swollen. Also many golfers wear extra thick socks for comfort when playing, so be sure to wear the same thickness of socks when trying on new golf shoes.

PRICE

Golf shoes generally range in price from around £50 to £200 plus. Depending on the amount of golf you play, we suggest weighing up a number of options before splashing out on a new pair of golf shoes, just because a golf shoe is more expensive, this doesn't mean it is the best shoe for you. For example, Rory McIlroy who plays in Nike Footwear, in particular the mid-range Nike Lunar Control 2 golf shoes, are available from around £84.99. You can also pick up a great pair of expensive golf shoes in the sale - so keep an eye out throughout the January sales and treat yourself for the New Year.

WATERPROOFING

As the cold wet January weather kicks in, make sure your golf shoes will be suitable for all the seasons! Look for golf shoes that have a waterproof element to them, as there is nothing worse than wet feet whilst striding the fairways. Many golfers recommend Ecco, Footjoy and Nike golf shoes for sustainability in wet weather. Some Ecco shoes feature a Gore-Tex membrane for the ultimate in waterproof technology.

SPIKES OR NO SPIKES

Soft Spikes will give you more of a grip when playing and are a must on wet, hilly courses but some say spikeless shoes are more comfortable, generally due to their lightweight construction and flexible soles. Manufacturers are now claiming that due to advances in sole technology, spikeless shoes used in dry conditions, can offer equal traction and stability to their soft spike alternatives. Be sure to make your decision based on the conditions you are playing in.

In summary, your golf shoes should provide comfort and stability so you can thoroughly enjoy your game and perform to the best of your ability. To shop for a wide range of golf shoes, clothing and accessories visit online golf store www.function18.com




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