Golf is a very unique sport in all aspects. There is no sense of hurry or time unlike Football or Basketball, nor is there any form of physical contact like Rugby or Lacrosse. Another good thing about golf is that it is actually therapeutic. One can relax and enjoy a good atmosphere and still have the same amount of adrenaline that is brought about by playing a sport. This is the reason why most people sometimes prefer the calm, relaxing game of golf compared to the fast-paced contact sports that usually dominate the sports channels.
The other unique thing about golf is its unique uniform. Contrary to other sports that involve jersey fabric and really uncomfortable clothes while you go around and try chasing after a ball, one uses everyday clothes when playing golf. The usual golf fashion would involve a sun visor, a polo tee and some good pants and golf shoes. People like to disagree however, claiming that any shoes will work for playing golf anyway. Keeping and maintaining golfing equipment is already expensive, so much more than having to maintain and choose the right golf shoes. They claim that having just a decent pair of oxfords or sneakers are enough to get you through a good game of golf.
Contrary to their beliefs however, there are several advantages that golf shoes bring more than just a typical sneakers, and here’s why:
First, they have grips underneath them. Similar to football studs and unlike most shoes, they have grips protruding underneath them. They’re very useful especially for the different terrains where golf shoes are used. Usual shoes like sneakers or oxfords have a tendency to slip especially if one is moving from a wet terrain into the grassy terrain. This is because they do not have grips underneath them that hook into the terrain and give a good grip to the ground. This is especially helpful to keep the golfer from landing face first into the sandy terrains as well.
Second, they are sleeker and streamlined to fit the golfing environment. Every kind of shoes are made for a reason. In the same way that Basketball shoes are created with a tall ankle in order to prevent the twisting of ankles and in the way that tennis shoes are low cut to be able to twist ankles and change directions must faster, golfing shoes are created to really fit the sport of golf perfectly. Golf shoes are more streamlined and fit the feet perfectly in a way that it actually relaxes the nerves of the feel and does not squeeze the feet in such a way that the golfer feels very uncomfortable wearing them. This induces maximum comfort and helps the golfer concentrate more into the game than on his feet.
Third, a good thing about these kinds of shoes is that they’re airy. Compared to the stuffy and airtight build of most shoes, golfing shoes are more airy and streamlined in order to allow maximum airflow inside the feet. This also helps with the concentration and comfort of the golfer especially during play.
Finally, the soles are padded. Golfers have been known to walk usually four to six miles every game. This means that it is necessary to create a padded sole area in order to make the golfer feel more comfortable while walking along the different terrains of the golf course. This is particularly important especially when the golfer is playing 18 holes, which makes the walking even farther and therefore, should be less taxing to the golfer. These are just some of the reasons why it would be better to use golfing shoes than just regular sneakers.