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2017 Golf Shoes

Golf shoes are made with the latest cutting-edge technologies for modern-day performances. Most golf shoes are also ideal for wet weather conditions, and a decent pair of footwear will last for years.

There are some key points to consider before grabbing a pair of new golf shoes, and this buying guide will offer helpful advice on sizing, design and comfort to make sure everyone is fitted with the perfect golf footwear.

Traditional golf shoes

Traditional golf shoes are comfortable, have good traction, and offer water-resistance with plenty of breathability. Traditional golf shoes are far and away the most popular footwear on the market, largely due to looking and feeling like regular shoes.

Some of the best traditional golf shoes available now, offering excellent breathability, comfort and style, include the FootJoy Hydrolite 2 Shoes, Callaway Golf X Nitro Shoes, Callaway Golf Delmar Retro Shoes, FootJoy DryJoys Tour 2016 Shoes, adidas Golf Tour 360 Boost Shoes, FootJoy AQL Shoes and Nike Golf Lunar Clayton Golf Shoes, to name just a few.

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Street golf shoes

Street golf shoes continue to rise in prominence. The street shoe has made a name for itself by looking, feeling and acting like a regular trainer or stylish shoe which is golf course worthy. Sometimes with spikes, but more often spikeless, street shoes offer almost everything that a traditional golf shoe does.

Street shoes are predominantly lightweight, with flat, dimpled soles in place of standard spikes. Street shoes are also said to help tackle pain in the back and foot, with manufacturers Ecco Golf going above and beyond to deliver quality comfort. If street shoes had any drawbacks, its their lack of grip on turf when lining up a swing, while the lack of golf spikes will make them less stable in long or wet grass, and typically they are not designed to provide waterproofing--performing much better in warm, dry conditions.

The FootJoy Contour Casual Shoes 2017, ECCO Golf Cage Pro Shoes, Nike Golf Lunar Control Vapor Shoes, adidas Golf Climacool Street Shoes, Stuburt Urban Grip Shoes, FootJoy Pro/SL Shoes and PUMA Golf Grip Spikeless Shoes are some the best golf street shoes on the market today, and each is packed with the newest footwear technologies for a successful game on the golf course.

Golf boots

Boots have been steadily gaining popularity during the colder months of the year. Those who wear golf boots profess they feel and perform just like traditional golf shoes, despite them looking closer to hiking boots or wellingtons.

Golf boots offer a much higher level of waterproofing and deliver excellent turf traction. Boots warm the feet and toes during adverse weather conditions thanks to being covered almost entirely in a layer of waterproof material.

Leather golf shoes

Processed and then added to the golf shoes exterior, leather creates a stretch-free and tight-fitting waterproof experience ideal for any weather condition, especially summer, as the leather is more breathable than other materials. Leather golf shoes usually have a saddle design feature that stabilises the surface of the shoe to keep golfers balanced and comfortable. Most leather golf shoes come with a manufacturer guarantee of between one to two years.

Waterproof lining

Most golf shoes offer waterproof protection nowadays due to the unpredictable weather. One of the top materials in waterproof golf shoes is GoreTex, although there are plenty of variations available from other top brands which work just as proficiently. The extreme thickness of waterproof lining makes water penetration impossible, and this obviously makes it the ideal choice for winter play, whilst the material within is breathable and incredibly warm when compared to leather, which means it may not be ideal for hot summers or playing abroad.

Polyester lining

More reasonably priced for casual golfers but by no means lesser in performance to leather; lining is nonporous polyester that is spread over the shoes and this works to lend protection to the outer shell. Polyester lining is lighter, thinner and cheaper than leather, but still delivers on the greens.

Metal golf spikes

It is becoming increasingly more difficult to purchase metal golf spikes, as the age-old ways continue diminishing with each passing season. Becoming less and less common, they are still used by some of the top professionals.

Metal golf spikes are longer and sharper, offering greater turf traction on golf courses than plastic spikes, though their infamy for tearing great clumps of that turf from the ground has made them somewhat less popular with certain people. The heightened possibility of metal spikes becoming damaged during play, and the golf rules that strongly state repairing spike marks on the green is prohibited; plastic spikes have gradually pushed them out of the limelight and into the shade of the bunker. Metal spikes also cause some discomfort when walked on hard ground which can upset the rhythm of a golfer’s game.

Most golf courses have banned the use of metal golf spikes, so it may be worth checking ahead if you are going to play another course to see whether a switch to plastic spikes may be of greater long-term benefit.

Plastic golf spikes

Plastic spikes are far more common on golf shoes these days due to their lightweight appeal and lowered risk of tearing up the fairways. Plastic spikes are wider in size and this spreads the weight of the player across a larger area, which in turn creates less pressure and reduced turf damage. Plastic spikes are ideal underfoot accessories for summer conditions when the turf is hard and the technology of the plastic spike design is advancing at rapid pace, offering the same great traction as traditional metal spikes.

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