Custom fit of golf clubs is all the rage when it comes to buying new golf equipment these days, especially when it comes to tweaking a new product to better match your swing. Golf balls have now followed the same suit, with as many different rounds to choose from in 2021.
But what about our feet? GolfMagic spoke to Leigh Goode, adidas Golf Footwear Product Manager, to find out more.
So Leigh, what about our feet?
Wearing the correct size golf shoes is essential as this will not only impact your golf swing, but also your comfort while standing.
Each brand will have different shapes for their shoes and it’s important to find the right one for you.
The right fit means you are supported by the shoe and will get the most out of the shoe’s technologies, for example, the uniquely placed toes for optimal traction, or the midfoot wrap that keeps you in place on the shoe. traction plate, or cushioning technology which means you barely notice you’re wearing shoes.
Without the correct size, your foot can move, which means you could slip inside the shoe. Think about when you start your downswing and your back foot steps back 1cm. This movement will unbalance your balance and therefore your weight transfer and in turn compromise the clean contact with the ball.
Additionally, excessive movement in the shoe can also lead to pressure point irritation, meaning that the comfort of the shoe would be compromised and you won’t feel 100% in the later stages of your run.
What difference does a wide shoe compared to an average shoe make when it comes to adidas golf shoes? What advice can you give to a golfer who is unsure?
At adidas Golf, we’ve worked hard to make our Regular fit wider, as we’ve had consistent feedback from consumer testing that they are too tight.
As we worked this out, we saw a big change in volume from our normal fit. Regular now serves the majority of our golfers across Europe.
However, we don’t have just one shape for our shoes. Our Tour360 XT SL 2 will adapt very differently to a Retro Adicross even in the same size.
I would always suggest trying them out, talking to your professional or sales assistant as they will have the experience and the right information to help you find the right shoe for you.
Would you recommend always trying on a golf shoe before buying it?
Yes I would, 100%.
Each foot shape is different and each brand has its own measurements.
While we work hard with consumer testing and foot shape studies, the ultimate test is the golfer trying it for their individual exam.
How does the material feel? Will it give way over time? Do you get the comfort of the midsole? How does it feel to swing while wearing the shoe?
All of these questions are crucial when buying a pair of shoes.
What other questions should GolfMagic readers ask themselves when it comes to buying a new pair of golf shoes in 2021?
I would always consider the purpose of the new pair of shoes.
Do you want a new winter pair, which means water protection is important? Do you want something spikeless so traction is important? Do you need something on a budget?
Having these things clear in your mind will help you know what to look for on the shoe wall.
At adidas Golf, we feel like we have shoes that cover the needs of all consumers.
There is something for everyone.