While golf was once a “gentleman’s game”, that is hardly the case today. Golf is as popular with women as it is with men. Because of this, there are now golfing products, and even entire brands, that specifically cater to women’s golfing needs. This is true for many types of gear, but most notably in shoes.
Women and shoes have a long history together. Unlike most men, most women consider shopping for shoes as an enjoyable activity. But shopping for stilettos is entirely different from shopping for golf shoes, and here are some things lady golfers should take into account when searching for that perfect pair for golf:
For women, this goes almost without saying. However, what is meant here is not style in the sense of fashion (although that matters too!) but style in the sense of type. There are different types of shoes, and what is appropriate depends mostly on the type of terrain and weather conditions.
For a moderate climate, where it doesn’t rain too much but isn’t too hot either, classic golf shoes are the best. They are comfortable and at the same time, both moderately breathable and weatherproof.
For extremes, there are golf sandals and boots.
Sandals are best used in hot and sunny weather since they are very breathable. It is important to keep feet cool in high temperatures since sweating can affect a golfer’s performance by causing the feet to slip during a swing.
Boots, on the other hand, are excellent for wet and cold weather. They are weatherproof and warm, keeping feet comfortable during play. They can also provide additional traction to help keep a golfer steady when the terrain is slippery and wet.
There are several materials used for golf shoes. Among them, leather is probably the most expensive but also offers the most utility. It is durable, comfortable, and good for all kinds of weather. However, there are less expensive options such as synthetic leather, Gore-Tex, or polyester.
When choosing a shoe, be sure to check not only the quality of the outside, but of the inside lining as well. These linings are materials that protect feet against rain and cold so, it is important to choose a shoe that doesn’t only look functional on the outside, but on the inside as well.
The two kinds of spikes are metal and plastic. These both provide traction and prevent you from slipping on the grass of a golf course.
Metal spikes give great traction. However, they are not very common since they’re heavy and uncomfortable to wear. They are also banned in many courses since they damage the turf quite heavily compared to plastic spikes.
Plastic spikes provide a little less traction, but are much more comfortable. They don’t damage the turf as extensively as metal ones either, so they are preferred by golf courses and are very unlikely to be banned. Golf shoes with wide spikes provide even more ease during use, since they distribute the weight of the wearer more evenly.
One of the primary requirements of a good golf shoe is a good fit.
It is recommended to try on a shoe on before it is purchased. Walking a few yards as a test can make all the difference between a satisfying purchase and a disappointing one.
If there is no opportunity to try it on, as in an online purchase, be sure to read reviews of the shoe model of interest. Check if other users find it comfortable, or if there are any complaints about the model.
As in any apparel shopping adventure, it is important to purchase something that looks good! There are easily hundreds, and even thousands, of styles to choose from, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
Just make sure not to sacrifice any of the other important qualities of golf shoes, such as fit and comfort, for the sake of something that only looks good, but doesn’t feel good.