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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi guys,

Ive just started to learn this great game and have only been hitting the range. 
My questiion is, do i need to get a pair of golf shoes?
Im a loafers kinda guy so i dont have any sports sneakers.

Do i have to get golf shoes or is there any other alternatives i can use?

Thanks

post #2 of 10

Play golf in what ever you want, but in shoes not designed for golf or at least a trail shoe that resembles a spikeless golf shoe, you will find it hard to maintain proper balance in the swing.

post #3 of 10
If you don't even have sneakers it could get tough.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by saevel25 View Post
 

Play golf in what ever you want, but in shoes not designed for golf or at least a trail shoe that resembles a spikeless golf shoe, you will find it hard to maintain proper balance in the swing.

 

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Originally Posted by jamo View Post

If you don't even have sneakers it could get tough.

Thanks for the replies, guys.

ya, most probably i'll get a pair of sneakers for the driving range.

post #5 of 10

There are several threads that argue the necessity of golf shoes around and back again--here are just a couple.

 

http://thesandtrap.com/t/44152/do-golf-shoes-really-need-spikes

 

http://thesandtrap.com/t/69471/shoes

 

The search function is useful, and most topics have been discussed at length before.  BTW this comment is not intended to discourage you from starting new threads, just hoping you can make the most of all of the info on here.

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Bakry View Post

Thanks for the replies, guys.


ya, most probably i'll get a pair of sneakers for the driving range.

@saevel25 mentioned trail sneakers - that's a pretty good idea. There are also plenty of spikeless golf shoes available.

Either way, it might be nice to have a pair of golf shoes that you can also get other uses out of.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
I understand decent golf shoes are a must. I'm from Malaysia and golf stuff here is expensive.

I consider myself lucky to be given a free used set.

Here's an example. A fj dna is in the upper 700 bucks range.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Bakry View Post

I understand decent golf shoes are a must. I'm from Malaysia and golf stuff here is expensive.

I consider myself lucky to be given a free used set.

Here's an example. A fj dna is in the upper 700 bucks range.

 

 

Wow!!! about 200.00 here in the USA...Just a suggestion, and I don't know if it's even possible, but. Why not try on some golf shoes that you like, then maybe go online and see if places like Golfsmith, ect can ship them to you..? Keep in mind, some online store will not ship to far away countries, but it's worth a try.

 

Oh, and welcome to TST..

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply.
Do note that when I said upper 700 bucks, i meant in local currency. But if u you were to think about it dollar to dollar, it is expensive. For now I'm looking for cheapo golf shoes for the range
post #10 of 10

I would definitely counsel in favor of getting golf spikes. I used to play in sneakers, and there were two main issues I found. First, my sneakers were great, comfortable, breathable running shoes, which meant they weren't waterproof. That was fine in the summer, but playing 18 in January in NY with a light mist all day left me with bad stuff happening to my feet in the subsequent days. So waterproof shoes are definitely advised if any water is possible in your playing future. The second point I'd make is that golf spikes have allowed me to do things I just couldn't in sneakers. I specifically remember one shot while playing on a vacation in New Hampshire. The green was elevated at least 30 yards above the fairway, and very steeply so. Having landed on the 45° uphill leading to the green, playing from that lie would have been 100% impossible without having something that could dig into the turf and give me solid footing. Does it happen often? No, but it's great to have the confidence that your footing will be sure if you do wind up needing it.

 

And one additional point that's somewhat neither here nor there, but comes to mind with this question, is that I've found that people in golf tend to, mostly unfairly, judge you and treat you according to your dress around here. I try to dress up somewhat even when I go to the driving range or practice area now because I find that other folks tend to be more respectful of you if you look like a golfer. Simple courtesy things like not muscling in on your area on the practice green, etc. Your mileage will vary, but that's been my experience. Having golf spikes is part of cultivating that image, I'd say. I just bring it up as something to consider is all. If you do decide to get golf spikes, like with so much else in the golf equipment world, going with last year's models is a fantastic way to save money while still getting awesome gear. I bought the Adidas Tour 360s when the Adizeros were the big shoe Taylormade / Adidas was hawking for $80ish off of Amazon. Good luck!

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