Go for the Green Vol. IV will: Shoe Science for Golfers

October 20, 2011
by Justin

It was a typical September day. The first bell rang and everybody at Sheldon High School slowly but surely walked into their first period class. When the tardy bell rang, everyone took their seats like they always did. My first period teacher was Mrs. Smith, who taught creative writing. When she got to my name on the role sheet, an awkward silence filled the room.  That’s because I wasn’t there; I was at the Florin Mall waiting for Footlocker to open for, you guessed it, a new pair of shoes. I wasn’t just waiting for any shoe. This was the first shoe that Michael Jordan released after his second (and what I assumed was his last) retirement. I had seen what the shoe was going to look like before it was released, and I knew then that I had to have them. The Jordan XV’s design were based on a Nasa space shuttle. I didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that I wanted those shoes more than anything. At the time shoes were my main passion. Now I’ve developed other interests, like golf.

Welcome back to GFTG, the ultimate destination for golf training tips and techniques, provided to you by www.scoutme.com. In volume one (http://www.scoutme.com/golf/go-for-the-green-how-to-weight-lift-without-losing-your-swing/) we explored weight training, while in two (http://www.scoutme.com/golf/go-for-the-green-vol-2-tame-your-short-game/) and three (http://www.scoutme.com/golf/go-for-the-green-vol-3-miniature-golf/) had tips for your putting and short game in general. Today we are going to check out some of the new golf shoes that are available. I am currently in the process of purchasing a pair of golf shoes myself. If you didn’t know by now, I approach buying a new pair of shoes like most people approach buying a new car. I’ve narrowed my choices down to two. Here is some research that I’ve accumulated in my search for the perfect golf shoe.

 

Nike Zoom TW 2011

Price: $270

You can find them at: www.nikegolf.com

When I think of golf, I think of Tiger Woods. He’s synonymous with the game of golf and one of the few athletes whose fame is so widespread, he is often identified with just one name. My excitement for the shoe died a little when I saw the price tag, but as I’ve done more research, I have come to understand that a good golf shoe is usually expensive. The Nike Zoom TW 2011 is a beautiful, waterproof leather shoe. It boasts a lateral stabilizer sidewall, that increases stability during the weight transfer that occurs naturally during a swing. It also has a Nike Zoom unit in the heel and several other features. It’s the Bugatti of golf shoes.

Adidas Tour 360 4.0 Sport

Price: $179

You can find them at: www.adidasgolf.com

The Tour 360 4.0 Sport is another installment from the Adidas Tour 360 line of golf shoes. Outside of being cheaper than the Tiger Woods shoe line, the shoe’s claim to fame is that it is a better shoe. This shoe is also water repellent and has built in, climate–control technology. The Sport is still equipped with the original 360 wrap technology, which is supposed to create optimum stability during a golf swing.

I have yet to conclude on what shoe I’m going to buy. I’ve never bought any shoe that was over $200, so it is very hard for me to consider buying a shoe that is almost $300, especially since it’s just for a weekend hobby like golf. Until I make my choice, I’ll wallow in indecision. If you have any shoe suggestions, send them to HempsteadHuddle@gmail.com; I could really use some help. Until the next time, this is Go for the Green, and I’m Yorick Hempstead, signing off.

 

Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for Scoutme.com. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.

 

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