If you want to start your season off right, buy a new pair of golf shoes. Players use the ground to generate power and speed in their swing, and the shoes serve as a point of interaction.

“The most important aspect of golf shoes is the support,” says Laird Small, Pebble Beach Golf Academy master instructor at Pebble Beach Resorts. “In golf, huge amounts of ground forces are recruited to hit the ball consistently. The more stable a golfer is, the more force he can generate. Shoes are your platform and your connection to the ground.

Of course, players should also consider weight, comfort and style. During a walking game, players walk between three and six miles, so a lighter shoe can keep some spring in your step. Breathability is also an important factor as golfers sweat a lot through the feet. Dry feet are happy feet.

“Golfers should look for a shoe with a stiff foot platform for support,” adds Small. “A low profile shoe can provide more balance and stability.”

Breaking in a new pair of 18-year-old boots doesn’t take as long as it once did: “New shoes are so comfortable these days, many don’t need the traditional break-in period,” adds Small. He recommends putting on the new shoes with a new pair of socks and going to the shooting range for a good workout to break them. “Then play nine holes while walking, then 18.”

And, because golf is largely a mental game, the aesthetic value of the shoe is important. Looking good helps improve self-confidence and assertiveness makes the club swing easier.

So, if you’re ready to book that first start of the year, here are five pairs of golf shoes to improve your game.

ECCO BIOM H4

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1. ECCO BIOM H4

ECCO makes some of the most comfortable golf shoes you’ll find at your local sporting goods store, and the BIOM H4 not only raises that bar, but delivers serious performance as well. A thermoplastic urethane heel counter on the side of the shoe adds stability and three different traction zones on the sole improve contact with the ground during the swing. The shoes also offer the player a 100% waterproof barrier thanks to a highly breathable GORE-TEX layer.

[$200; ecco.com]

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FootJoy First Series Tarlow

FootJoy First Series Tarlow

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2. FootJoy Premiere Series Tarlow

For the golfer who appreciates classic style but needs modern innovations, FootJoy offers the Premiere series. The Tarlow model, named in honor of Bill and Dick Tarlow, who bought FootJoy in 1957 and refocused the brand on golf, features a vintage round-toe design constructed from ultralight materials. The uppers are premium leather, but the new tread pattern, paired with the tips, locks in at any angle, so you stay stable regardless of the terrain. A coordinating croc print at the heel, end of the hood and eyelet, along with a guarantee of waterproofing, ensure that you will look like a scratching golfer even if you’ve hit him from the very depths all over the place. the day.

[$200; footjoy.com]

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Nike Air Max 90 G

Nike Air Max 90 G

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3. Nike Air Max 90 G

The Nike Air Max 90 is a classic, casual sneaker perfect for getting around town, but the Golf Edition is also great for hitting the course. Inspired by the famous Center Pompidou in Paris, the OG design dates back to 1990, but Nike did not adapt the platform to the game until 2016. The latest lime green iteration features a few improvements: mesh panels on the upper allow the shoe to breathe while the thin coatings prevent water from entering. The foam midsole and air pocket cushion cushion every step, and a soft traction pattern provides good grip from tee to green without scratching clubhouse floors.

[$130; nike.com]

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PAYNTR X001F

PAYNTR X001F

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4. PAYNTR X001F

New to the market, PAYNTR is the brainchild of former professional cricketer David Paynter and Mike Forsey, who designed golf shoes for Nike, Under Armor and FootJoy. The brand’s first offering is PAYNTR X001F. Thermoplastic urethane studs on the outsole provide exceptional grip, preventing you from slipping during the swing; a graphite plate deployed in the midsole provides elasticity to the toe; and a coating of superhydrophobic solution called NeverWet waterproofs the lightweight shoe.

[$160; payntrgolf.com]

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Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged Palms Limited Edition

Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged Palms Limited Edition

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5. Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged Palms Limited Edition

The PWRADAPT gives you the best of both worlds – you feel like you’re wearing elliptical trainers thanks to the soft foam midsole, but there’s plenty of grippy traction thanks to the soft plastic spikes underfoot. The saddle wraps around the medial and lateral sides of the shoe for added stability, and the touch of pink was inspired by the Hawaiian dawn … something we would all love to experience right now.

[$170; cobragolf.com]

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