Several golfers have asked me about the new spikeless golf shoes on the market. I get the sense that many are very interested in the comfort opportunity, while others are dubious about the suitability on the golf course, especially in rainy conditions.
It has interested me how the conversation in the magazines has turned to whether the shoes will prevent you from slipping or not. That seems to me to be a bit of a ‘diversion’, as I am sure that, with the rubber outsoles and rubber grips, they’ll hold the ground just fine in almost all conditions.
The conversation ought to include the subject of balance in the golf swing. There is a real need in the backswing to get the weight over the ‘inside’ of the right foot; unfortunately I see many golfers who get the weight too far over and often their weight has transferred out onto the outside of the foot. For these golfers, modern golf shoe designs exist that have external lugs that will help them retain their balance and provide at least some leverage when they start their downswing.
So, I guess my answer is that it depends upon your swing, like so much in golf. If you have a balanced golf swing with a good weight transfer and then good transition to the downswing, then I am sure these new shoes will be okay.
Ignore the argument that Justin Rose used them in a recent tournament. His swing is incredibly balanced. Consider what is right for you, when you want to wear them and what results you are looking for.
And if you do struggle with weight transfer through your golf swing, click here to book a time to come and see me.
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