The sport of golf is considered to be one of the most traditional since the rules and regulations have not been significantly changed in the last decade or so. This is because most of the game modifications are coming from the dress codes implemented by the various golf clubs in the world. The goal of having a dress code requirement, which may even involve golf shoes, in the golf course is to attract a high number of participants.
Most country clubs only require that golf participants wear appropriate footwear when playing on the course. New golfers may prefer to wear any comfortable pair of shoes when playing while professionals recommend the use of appropriate golf shoes.
The reason for this is that golf shoes are designed for various people, ranging from the traditionalists to the more casual players.
Some of the most common styles include leather shoes with tassels and the more casual moccasins.
Preference by Men Golfers
Most men golf players prefer the more traditional style where the entire foot is covered with a leather material. The main consideration for most professional players is that these shoes must be comfortable. The purpose of having a comfortable fit is that professionals and new players alike will be using these for long walks between holes. Only a limited number of golf players will make use of golf carts to travel between holes since the main point of this sport is to exercise.
Most golf footwear is perceived to last a minimum of a year, depending on the weather and the number of times used. Professionals reveal that some shoes only last for 15 months before the upper portion comes away from the sole. This is because some players use these shoes during the rainy season and therefore, are considered to be significantly roughed up. Some professionals reveal that good-quality ones can last up to a maximum of 200 rounds of golf.
Shoes for Wet-Season Playing
It is recommended that dedicated golf players buy a good-quality shoe, especially if they are planning to play during the wet season. However, most golf players believe that traditional shoe designs are heavy and unattractive, as well as hinder their performance. These design problems have resulted in the redevelopment of the shoes, making it not only more lightweight and functional but also more stylish (for photo opportunities). Therefore, the best shoes for playing in wet weather are those that are designed to be waterproof, sturdy, and have good traction.
The most common modifications in these shoes is that shoe manufacturers have included a better designed spike on the bottom of the shoe by using molded cleats, traction lugs, and nubs, instead of the traditional spikes. The purpose of these is to enhance the control of the golfer in regards to his stance and swing, especially if the course had become rather slippery. This is due to the fact that a significant amount of rain will turn most golf courses into a muddy path. Therefore, dedicated players will need to purchase footwear with better traction to enhance both their walking and playing stance.
Some shoe manufacturers from the previous decade have already sacrificed the comfort of the golfer in order to improve traction during the wet season. But most golf-shoe manufacturers nowadays have developed more functional golf shoes that can be used in all types of weather, as well as in enhancing walking comfort. Spike-less shoes are considered to be popular among amateurs and even among professionals, since they can be used on just about any kind of terrain. In other words, they could even be worn before and after a game.