Golf Shoes Etiquette

By Timothy Bodamer
It's most important to be careful not to damage the greens with your spikes.
It's most important to be careful not to damage the greens with your spikes.

Golf shoes are a part of the equipment needed for a successful golf game. Etiquette is also important when considering golfers on the golf course. From keeping the course maintained to avoiding scratching up the pro shop or restaurant floor, utilizing common sense and respect for the golf course grounds is an important part of the game.

Clubhouse

When you're playing at a country club or high-end public course, bring an extra set of street shoes in case you need to go in the club pro shop or restaurant. As part of golf decorum, you should always change your golf shoes in the locker room and not at the car in the parking lot.

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Basics

Golf shoes usually have plastic spikes or special soles for traction. Occasionally, golf shoes are available with metal spikes, but golfers should avoid those to prevent damaging the turf. Golf shoes are lighter and offer better arch support than sneakers. Shoes are made for men, women and youth. Golf shoes come in suede, leather and plastic. Socks should always be worn under the shoe for proper fit. .

USGA Etiquette

The USGA requires that a golfer who causes damage on the green from his golf shoes must repair it. If you create a divot on the green, use a divot marker to fix it. You can repair the divot by working the grass into the ground. The divot can be patted down by the bottom of your putter to be ready for the next foursome.

Matching Apparel

Golf shoes should be worn with the proper apparel on the course. When wearing golf shoes, try to match with a golf polo and golf pants. If you choose to wear long pants, your socks should match with the pants. If you wear white shoes, wear light-colored socks. Conversely, if you wear black shoes, wear black socks to match.

Rental Shoes

Golf shoes sometimes are available for rental at the golf course. If you don't play often, renting shoes might benefit you by saving money on purchasing shoes. In addition, shoe rentals may help you decide what type of shoes you may purchase.

About the Author

Tim Bodamer is a freelance writer based in Seminole, Florida. He attended Edinboro Univerity of Pennsylvania where he studied journalism. He has 15 years of writing experience and specializes in sports, business and general interest topics.

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