The Importance of Having Good Golf Shoes

by : Robert Partain

One of the most important tools that you have in your playing arsenal is also one of the most overlooked. Yup, the lowly golf shoe. The importance of a good fitting golf shoe cannot be understated. Think about it. If your feet are properly secured to ground, the rest of you won't be either when you make that swing. Shoes that slip or slide on wet grass, or shoes that feel like you're standing on nails in dry conditions will only diminish your game and cost you strokes at the end of the day.

It's not always necessary to buy a new pair of golf shoes. In many cases, a good cleaning and changing out the cleats is all you need to do. Switching out your old cleats is a simple job. It may take a few minutes to complete the task, but once it's done, you will certainly notice a difference in your footing.

Cleated shoes are the very best choice if you often play in wet or soft conditions. Not only rain, but dew on grass in the mornings is considered a 'wet' condition.

Dimpled soles or plastic spikes are far more comfortable and the better choice if you often play in hard, dry conditions.

When it comes to buying new shoes, you have several options. You can visit your pro shop and get some advice there, and perhaps even buy your shoes there. But keep in mind, many pro shops, the smaller ones, don't carry a wide selection of shoes. You can also do some shopping on the Internet. Most of the brand name shoes have their own web sites and offer great deals. It's not always true, but often enough you can find dealers who will ship for free.

While you are online you may want to look at some of the "warehouse" style companies who offer lots of brands at discounted prices. These, too, often offer free shipping.

And lastly, you may want to visit your local Wal Mart or other discount shopping place. Many of the larger ones have dozens of golf shoes in many different top name brands at very affordable prices.

One thing to remember, when you feet start slipping or sliding, it's time to inspect those golf shoes. Either fix them up with some new spikes or consider buying a new pair. Your game will only deteriorate until you do!