#AGoodWalk: Step out in style with the latest golf shoes

Strolling around town in running shoes can be comfortable, but when you play golf, you don’t always walk on smooth sidewalks and paths. (...)

#AGoodWalk: Step out in style with the latest golf shoes

Strolling around town in running shoes can be comfortable, but when you play golf, you don’t always walk on smooth sidewalks and paths. You also create significant torque when you swing and have to deal with water, sand and dirt. For all these reasons, golf shoes are among the most complicated pieces of footwear made. 

Further complicating any choice in footwear is the huge range of options. Golf shoes are available in a multitude of styles, from classic leather to modern options built to feel and look like running shoes. And there is a whole world of modern sole options: plastic spikes, repeating nubs or elaborate patterns of ridges to help keep a player’s feet firmly on the ground. So many decisions. 

Here are three tips to help find the perfect pair, followed by several current offerings that might be just what you’re looking for. 

1. Fit is critical

The most crucial factor in how a shoe fits is the last. The last is the form around which the shoe is designed, and it determines how wide or narrow it is, how much room is in the toe, the curvature and the shoe’s height. 

Companies often use a different last for different types of shoes, so if you are changing style, or opting to buy a shoe from an unfamiliar brand, the last in the new shoes likely will be different. That could make them fit differently.

Even in this age of online shopping, the best way to find a good-fitting pair of shoes is to go to your local pro shop or golf specialty store and try on a few pairs. If that’s not possible, check out an updated model that fit well in the past.

2. Spiked or spikeless

Many experts agree that when new, there is little difference between the traction created by today’s spikeless shoes and golf footwear that has replaceable plastic cleats. 

While many golfers believe spikeless shoes are more comfortable, others think cleats help them maintain a better connection with the turf and provide more stability during the swing.

The significant advantage spiked shoes have is the cleats can be replaced after they wear down. When the traction elements in spikeless shoes degrade, you need new shoes.

3. Waterproof vs. water-resistant

Even if it’s not raining, walking over dew-soaked fairways or in mud can make your feet wet, and wet feet can blister more easily. So if you are only going to have one pair of golf shoes, they should be waterproof. Look for shoes that offer a one-year or two-year waterproof warranty.

If you have the means and desire to purchase a second pair, they could be water-resistant instead of waterproof. Typically, water-resistant shoes can keep your feet dry under many conditions and tend to be more breathable.

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McClure Meissner breezes to top of U.S. Amateur stroke-play leaderboard

Texas is known for producing great wind players, and two of the three leaders after the first round of stroke-play qualifying for the 120th (...)

McClure Meissner breezes to top of U.S. Amateur stroke-play leaderboard

Texas is known for producing great wind players, and two of the three leaders after the first round of stroke-play qualifying for the 120th U.S. Amateur at breezy Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon are from the Lone Star State.

McClure Meissner of San Antonio finished with a flurry of birdies on Nos. 14, 16, 17 and 18 to post an 8-under 64 Monday at Bandon Dunes to lead the 36-hole stroke-play qualifying. Travis McInroe of McKinney, Texas, shot 65 on Bandon Dunes and was in third place at 7 under. The Baylor junior birdied every other hole on the front nine.

Aman Gupta of Concord, N.C., also opened with a 64 and was 7 under on Bandon Trails, the second course used in qualifying. He did all his damage on the front nine, posting seven birdies and making the turn in 29. He parred all nine holes on the back, and the USGA reported his 64 broke the competitive record on Trails – formerly held by Chris Williams and Kevin Lim – by two shots.

Both Meissner and Gupta took advantage of their early tee times before afternoon gusts made scoring more difficult.

Gupta, who plays at Oklahoma State, was added to the field after Florida’s Ricky Castillo, who would have been the highest-ranked player in the U.S. Amateur, withdrew, telling GolfChannel.com that he has experienced extreme fatigue leading up to the week. According to the report, Castillo tested negative for COVID-19 twice but wanted to protect the field just in case.

Meissner plays at SMU in Dallas. He won the Southern Amateur in July for the biggest win of his career to date.

Defending champ Andy Ogletree shot a 3-over 74 on Bandon Trails and was T-101 after one day.


Sights and sounds of Day 1 | Leaderboard


The U.S. Amateur features 18 more holes of stroke play Tuesday. The 264-player field will then be cut down to the low 64 (there will be a playoff if needed to determine the final spots among the 64), setting up the match-play portion of the championship.

Match Play will be exclusively on Bandon Dunes on Wednesday through Sunday.

How to watch

Wednesday Aug. 5 (Round of 64 matches): 6-7 p.m., Peacock (streaming); 7-9 p.m., Golf Channel

Thursday, Aug. 6 (Round of 16 matches): 6-7 p.m., Peacock; 7-9 p.m., Golf Channel

Friday, Aug. 7 (Quarterfinals matches): 6-7 p.m., Peacock; 7-9 p.m., Golf Channel

Saturday, Aug. 8 (Semifinal matches): 7-10 p.m., Golf Channel

Sunday, Aug. 9 (Championship match): 7-10 p.m., Golf Channel

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