Great Golf Tips Page | Are Golf Shoes Truly Essential?

Although some type of footwear is mandatory on nearly all golf courses, are golf shoes really essential? This is a question that should really be answered by each golfer independently as it is his or her feet we are speaking of.

Some courses only allow soft spikes so the course doesn’t get eaten up with the walking people have to do while playing, particularly if the people are walking the complete course. And, the majority of club houses will only permit soft spikes to be worn indoors, to save the carpet from harm.

Let’s be straightforward with one another, the vast majority of golf shoes are not eye-catching footwear. But, golf shoes are the furthest from being the ugliest footwear in sports. That honor, doubtful though it may be, belongs exclusively to bowling shoes. Who, in their right head, would want to sport red and green shoes, especially those types of shoes? At least golf shoes are made to look more practical, and to some extent more attractive, way. But, are they truly required in order for someone to play golf?

No my valued reader, they are not. The footwear a golfer decideds to wear can be almost anything from flip-flops to a good tennis shoe. A golfer’s footwork is much more significant than his or her selection in footwear.

But, the shoes a golfer chooses to wear should be down right comfy on his or her feet. There is nothing worse for a golfer than shoes that are uncomfortable. If the toes are pinched, or the back rides up on the heel, the golfer will be unhappy and will not be able to focus on playing golf, which is the reason why he or she is on the golf course to begin with.

So, shoe comfort comes first. After comfort, traction is vital. This is because the golfer can’t have their feet turning after they have struck the ball. If this happens, the ball will roam wildly, most likely winding up as a hook or a major league slice. The ball, nevertheless, will not go where the golfer had intended to hit it.

Should a golfer choose to do without golf shoes for a different type of footwear, he or she should consider the type of shoe he or she wants to wear on the links. They should then inspect the tread pattern on the bottom of the shoe. If the bottom of the shoe is smooth, with no pattern at all, it would be a good indication to leave these shoes behind as there will be little, if any traction at all, and for sure none at all if the course is soggy, either from the dew or rain.

What is the most excellent type of tread pattern? Again, this will be up to the particular golfer and his or her liking. For some, the old tire tread pattern works well. This type of shoe sole will provide footing for the golfer. Some may prefer a rounded pattern of sole, while others may like something completely different.

The most fundamental thing, though, is for the golfer to be comfy and certain with the shoes being worn while out on the course playing a round of golf. In fact, the less a golfer thinks about their shoes when playing a game of golf is a good thing.

Putting Confidence and How to Build It

Putting, unlike any other aspect of golf, is mostly a mental endeavor. While not everyone has the physical potential to hit a driver 300 yards, everyone who plays golf has what it takes to make a five foot putt.

Every golfer should be able to attain the same level of skill on shorter putts. That means you should be able to make 98% of your putts five feet or less, like the best putters in the world. And, as far as I am concerned, they achieve those results with a flawed method.

The reason the best can make so many putts, while most golfers can’t even approach that 98% figure can be summed up in one word. Confidence.

I bet you thought I was going to say practice, didn’t you? But with short putting, your main benefit from practicing will be the confidence that comes from making a lot of short putts.

Since putting requires very little physical skill, by default it relies on your mental abilities to perform a simple physical act. The fear of failure is what drives a bad putter, while a good putter never even considers the possibility of missing the putt.

If you miss most of your putts in practice, you will never be able to reach a high level of confidence required to putt well on the course.

Next time you have a few minutes to practice putting, spend several minutes making two foot putts. If it seems boring, ask yourself how missing a bunch of 6 footers is going to help you putt better.

In no time, you will be holing out more putts on the course because you have seen so many of them go in on the practice green. You mind will begin to expect the putts to drop because it happens so frequently in practice.

That the putts are only two feet away doesn’t matter to your eyes and brain. All it knows is that it made the putt, so it was successful. In the long run, short successes will build a lot more confidence than longer failures.