Austin is no stranger to the golf scene. In fact, Golf Magazine named Wolfdancer Golf Club at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa one of the best in Texas. To play well, you need the right golf shoes. While Austinites can enjoy some of the finest golf in the country, if your feet hurt with every step you take, you might as well be at the local mini-golf course. How can you ensure you’re picking golf shoes that will enhance your game?
Let’s start with looks, because let’s face it, style is part of the game. Old school shoes lacked variety—standard leather was the go-to, but there were some inherent problems. Hot feet were certainly one of them, since this material does not allow for ventilation. Fortunately, newer styles made of more versatile fabrics have become the shoes of choice for most golfers. Another positive for these newer shoes is that they bend with the foot during play.
Your feet can look good all day and still feel miserable. Most golfers expect to walk between 5 and 6 miles when they play 18-holes, so comfort is key to a great time on the course. When picking golf shoes, spend time focusing on how they fit and how they will perform. You’ll have to decide whether or not you want spikes. Beyond that, your foot type and size should drive the selection of your footwear.
Visit your favorite golf store at the end of the day, and remember that the shoe must support your foot as you swing the golf club. This means a tighter fit than normal, so it’s important to try them on when your feet are at their largest and with your standard golfing socks. If you wear orthotics, take them along as well.
The experts at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists are here to make sure that your feet feel great on and off of the course. Don’t ignore foot and ankle pain as you play; contact us at (512) 328-8900 to schedule an evaluation today with Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS.
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