Buying golf shoes is big dent in the pocket for any Indian golfer. With a decent pair of branded golf shoes costing atleast five thousand bucks, it’s a hard decision at times. However, does wearing golf shoes really improve the game. The answer is a big yes! Golf shoes provide flexibility, stability and balance when a golfer makes the swing. They are designed to specifically excel on the above three criteria so that theres no slippage and the golfer can produce a great shot.
Since a shot is played while standing still, the sole of golf shoes are made broader in order to make the golfer more balanced while attempting the shot. If the sole is compared to running, athletic, football shoes the extra broadness clearly shows. This is because in other sports, the foot movement is continuous; however in golf the foot movement is specifically restricted. Today, shoes like Mizuno Nexlite come with Mizuno’s trademark zero glide technology which help in maintaining balance by providing a grip that stop the foot from gliding inside the shoe.
I tried swinging my driver with bare feet last Sunday at my home course, Panchkula golf club and was astonished to see the amount of foot action required. Well, I was happy its not an issue as my Mizuno Nexlite golf shoes come with Mizuno’s trademark zero glide technology which help in maintaining balance by providing a grip that stop the foot from gliding inside the shoe. Many other golf shoes too have built in stabilizers to stop the feet from sliding. The hard midfoot support is also particularly important when driving the ball, because golfers tend to end their stroke near their feet. The spikes found on most golf shoes also help keep players’ feet from sliding on wet or uneven turf.
Because many times, you need to hit the golf ball from a bunker or an awkward slope. Hence, golf shoes are made flexible for this purpose so that the shoe can sit comfortably on any terrain, while you hit your golf ball. Mizuno’s Dynamotion Fit technology provides unlimited degrees of freedom to your feet , hence making mizuno golf shoes one of the most flexible in golf.
Last but not the last, comfort is one of the top criteria’s while choosing a golf shoe over a normal shoe. If a golfer plays 18 holes, he can cover anywhere between six to nine kilometers over long hours of time and hence one has to make sure he wears a shoe which provides the most comfort.