Can I play golf in tennis shoes?
I have a lot of friends who play tennis and are really good golfers. They hit the ball well and accurately too, but they don't wear their tennis shoes to play golf. Here's why:
The biggest difference between tennis shoes and golf shoes is that with tennis shoes, the sole is made with medium traction so that a tennis player can slide on a variety of playing surfaces (eg. clay, grass or hard courts). The sole lets the tennis player slide into a shot rather than grip the court and cause injury to the player. Golf shoes on the other hand are made with maximum traction on grass to prevent the golfer's foot from sliding when the downswing is initiated.
The quick answer to the question asked is yes, you can play golf in tennis shoes but with consequences. If you are not fine with slipping and sliding then the answer is a definite no.
You're not hitting over 300 yards: Forget a new driver, get new golf shoes.
I know you have been eyeing that new Taylormade driver ever since you saw Dustin Johnson reach a par 5 green with his tee shot. But if you want to hit longer drives, look to getting a new pair of golf shoes instead. I know it's more fun to test out new drivers on the range than trying on a new pair of golf shoes but hitting longer distances require more lower body stability and keeps your feet firmly planted on the ground.
The key to hitting it long starts at your feet and works its way up to your torso then to your shoulders. To hit a ball on the sweet spot of your driver, you have to return the club in the exact position as when you started. This requires your feet to be firmly on the ground.
Not all golf shoes are created equally. Here is 5 things to look for in a new golf shoe:
When you think of comfort, you often think of your running shoes because they are lightweight, flexible and they seem to be molded to your feet. If you like the feel of running shoes then look for golf shoes from manufacturers that make running shoes such as Nike, Adidas, Skechers, New Balance and Puma.
2. Wider sole.
Getting a pair of golf shoes with a wider sole will prevent your feet from rolling over or spraining your ankle. Running shoe styled golf shoes are comfortable but if they have narrow soles then it will be easy for your foot to roll over. A wider sole will help keep your feet firmly on the ground when teeing off.
Golf shoes with spikes are on a comeback because golfers are finding that the spikeless shoes don't give enough grip. Try to choose the shoes that have replaceable spikes instead of permanent spikes. It will be cheaper to replace worn out spikes than to replace the whole shoe.
To prevent your feet from sweating, look for golf shoes that are ventilated. The fabric they use to make golf shoes should be breathable which means they let air to enter and exit. This will keep your feet cool and comfortable throughout your round.
Playing in the rain is not a preference to a lot of golfers but having a pair of waterproof golf shoes is a good idea because walking around in wet shoes is no fun. Look for golf shoes that are waterproof and not just water resistant.