Wellness Wednesday: Finding Your “Sole Mate”

Finding the Right One

We understand that finding your sole mate is no easy task. Every foot is different. While many opt for design, color or brand. Choosing the right golfing shoe is essential for proper ankle, knee and back support in addition to your golf game. A bad pair of golf shoes can not only bring discomfort but it can also cause an injury, aggravate a previous health condition and mess up your overall golf swing. So, how do you find the perfect fit?

Material

Material is important when considering shoes, primarily due to comfort and utility. Since golf is generally a sport played in warmer weather, many people like mesh shoes for the ventilation. However, mesh can also be uncomfortable if the course is wet.

Another thing to consider is the weight of the shoe. Walking the course all day in addition to playing your perfect game can be exhausting if you have a heavy shoe. Opt for a lighter shoe and you will notice how comfortable (or slightly less tiring) walking the course could be by the end of the day.

A good mesh shoe: The Callaway Solaire golf shoe is perfect for those that prefer a mesh styled golf shoe. This shoe is breathable, light-weight and stylish.

Callaway Solaire Golf Shoe, Photo: Callawaygolf.com

A good light-weight performance shoe: The Puma Cat women’s golf shoe is a comfortable, light-weight performance shoe that also makes a fashionable statement.

Puma Cat Woman's Shoe Photo: Puma.com

For those that are looking for a sealed shoe should opt for a good pair of leather shoes. Leather is a worthwhile investment, as it last long and allows your feet to breathe comfortably. In addition, many leather shoes come waterproofed or are given the option to be waterproofed by the shoe manufacturer.

A good leather shoe: The Callaway Women’s Tour Authentic Hyperbolic SL is a reliable waterproof leather shoe that provides the ultimate comfort in dry and wet climates.

Women's Tour Authentic Hyperbolic SL Golf Shoes Photo: Callawaygolf.com

The Perfect Fit

Finding the perfect fit is difficult. We aren’t talking about your personal preferences but rather the fit of the shoe on your foot. Most people tend to over pronate their feet in a certain direction. This can be easily identifiable by looking at the bottom of the shoes that you’re wearing now. If they are worn on one side of the sole than the other, then that means you’re favoring a certain side when you walk. Correcting over-pronation is easy. Many shoe vendors make pronating specific shoes. There are also insoles that you can put in shoes that are not for over-pronaters.

You can go to any golf store or shoe store and asked to be fitted for a shoe that is specifically for over-pronation.

Also! Don’t forget to wear a comfortable and breathable sock with your comfy new shoes. The wrong sock could cause friction and blisters. Thus, ruining a perfectly great round of golf.

To learn more about finding the perfect shoe visit: PGATour.com or Golf Digest Women.

By: Cassandra Gonzales

USGA-WSCGA Intern

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One thought on “Wellness Wednesday: Finding Your “Sole Mate”

  1. Pingback: Wellness Wednesday: Watch Your Back! « Women's Southern California Golf Association Blog

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