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Can golf shoes impact scoring?

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I have 6 or 7 pairs of golf shoes in rotation.  I noticed that for whatever reason I score better when I wear Nike Roshe golf shoes.  I don't know why  but I do know these shoes seem to keep my heals a little more elevated than the Addidas, FJ or Eccos I wear.  Can this small of a detail impact scoring?  Can this small of a detail confirm I'm nuts for even considering it?  We all talk about comfort and durability so is this even a consideration for anyone?

I'm curious if others have noticed better scoring from a pair of shoes?

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Absolutely. I fit a guy who was wearing extremely comfortable, walking, spineless shoes and he noticed that his scores were going up. We didn’t find him any new driver distance, but I mentioned that his feet were constantly moving. He tried some tour 360s and his handicap immediately began to drop.
If your feet hurt during a round or you’re not getting the traction that you want, shoes can play a big part in helping with that.
Foot joy did their shoe testing with their tour pros and found that some guys picked up almost 10 yards just by switching shoes.


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5 minutes ago, Rtracymog said:

Absolutely. I fit a guy who was wearing extremely comfortable, walking, spineless shoes and he noticed that his scores were going up. We didn’t find him any new driver distance, but I mentioned that his feet were constantly moving. He tried some tour 360s and his handicap immediately began to drop.
If your feet hurt during a round or you’re not getting the traction that you want, shoes can play a big part in helping with that.
Foot joy did their shoe testing with their tour pros and found that some guys picked up almost 10 yards just by switching shoes.


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Last fall, I ended up walking 18 in a pair of dockers. my feet were moving all over the place as well. Back to my FJ's! 

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I too have a few pairs in the rotation and indeed gravitate to the one pair of the three that has 4 cleats on the heel rather than 2 cleats. These just feel better for me overall and I wind up wearing them more often. Do I score better in them? That's up for debate, but since I feel better in them, it's one less distraction from the game.

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I think there was an old post, that I may have started, on this topic.

Studies have shown that the stability of the shoe and the individual golfers needs may impact the performance of a golfer.

Have I seen this, not really since I don’t have multiple pairs of golf shoes and when replacing I just go with the updated model. Been wearing FJ Contours as long as I can remember.

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Yes, absolutely!!  I have been wearing True Linkswear shoes for at least 8 years.  I love the zero drop.  The last couple of years True shoes have been well... less than durable.  Frankly, their quality sucked IMO.  I haven't tried the their new Original shoe, but I probably will.

This past summer I bought a pair of Skechers GoGolf Elite V.3 - LUX.  Super comfortable for walking just like Kuchar says.  However, the heel is higher than I was used to, and I hit more bad shots when wearing them.  I only wore them to the range, and played in a pair of old Trues.  Eventually, I got used to the Skechers, and now I wear them all the time.  It just took time to get used to the change.

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Yes, absolutely!!  I have been wearing True Linkswear shoes for at least 8 years.  I love the zero drop.  The last couple of years True shoes have been well... less than durable.  Frankly, their quality sucked IMO.  I haven't tried the their new Original shoe, but I probably will.
This past summer I bought a pair of Skechers GoGolf Elite V.3 - LUX.  Super comfortable for walking just like Kuchar says.  However, the heel is higher than I was used to, and I hit more bad shots when wearing them.  I only wore them to the range, and played in a pair of old Trues.  Eventually, I got used to the Skechers, and now I wear them all the time.  It just took time to get used to the change.


May I suggest we are such finely tuned athletes these small changes have major implications?


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I think golf shoes make a difference. The ones with spikes that is. I tried spikeless a few years ago and didn't like playing in them. My foot slipped once or twice. Just this past Monday a friend I was playing with was wearing some sort of running shoe it looked like. I recall him complaining after slipping and missing a shot due to his choice of shoe that day.

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18 minutes ago, Wedgie said:

 


May I suggest we are such finely tuned athletes these small changes have major implications?
 

 

Yes!  😉  When I first put the Skechers on, it felt like I was wearing those platform shoes from the '70's (not that I did, that you know of).  I don't know that the difference in height really affected the bottom of my swing, but my balance was affected.

I have both spiked and spikeless shoes.  I don't slip much unless the grass is really wet.  I will wear spiked only when riding; spikeless are much more comfortable when walking.

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Shoes can absolutely make a huge difference. Similar to your higher heels, when I wear spiked shoes, I'm a little bit higher off the ground, and I hit a lot of thin shots. 

Also, the comfortability of shoes matters in the golf swing. I had an uncomfortable pair of FJ's that raised my scores, and after switching to Ecco's my scores dropped immediately.  

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Yes I second the comfortable factor. But having said that I’ve never tried on a pair of golf shoes that weren’t instantly comfortable right out the box. Aside from the occasional order online where you didn’t know they ran big or small of course. Assuming the right size golf shoes are some of the most comfortable shoes you can buy.


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