How Much Will Golf Cost Me? Part 4 of 4
To recap where we began, the last three posts have been related to the costs which are commonly a concern to students, relating to getting started in playing golf. Post 1 touched a bit on the cost to go out to play on the golf course and memberships, Post 2 talked about getting your junior golfer started using cutdown clubs, Post 3 talked about, what to wear, or what not to wear on the golf course. Although I have already touched on what to wear, I still get questions specifically related to whether or not (specifically Juniors) should wear golf shoes; Part 4 will hopefully provide clarity on this specific question.
“What About Golf Shoes”
When getting started in golf, one question I hear is should I buy golf shoes? Golf shoes are designed to increase/improve a golfer’s stability and grip with the ground in order to improve a golfer’s balance while increasing their ability to use the ground in order to deliver more power into their shots. Our recommendation (and actually request) is that our 3-10 year old students not come to class wearing golf shoes.
The primary reason we recommend you not begin purchasing golf shoes for your junior, especially those just starting out, is that the vast majority of junior golfers, especially those participating in the Operation 36 style of learning the game, start from just 25 yards away from the hole. This is only 10 steps off the front edge of the green. These students do not have swing speeds necessitating the need for golf shoes. Golf shoes can be a costly item to purchase for any golfer, but with juniors who are in a constant stage of growth, this could be quite a costly thing to have to pay for even if just on occasion.
The other reason, (and probably the most important reason of most course superintendents) and the main reason we request students do not come to class in golf shoes, is that many of those in the age groups of 3-12, as any parents of children of that age knows, kiddos are extremely fond of dragging, sliding, scooting their feet when they walk or run.Putting surfaces (greens), whether synthetic or natural grass extremely expensive to set-up and even more so to maintain. When students of these age groups who wear spiky golf shoes begin to drag, slide, scoot, twist and spin on their feet, they have an enormous potential to do a tremendous amount of damage to greens. It is our hope to grow the game of golf by bringing more people to the game. Let’s all work together to keep these surfaces in the the best conditions possible. As students improve and progress in their yardages, golf shoes will begin to take their part as an important equipment item in their bag, but for now, regular tennis/running shoes are perfectly acceptable shoes to wear.