Hunter S Thompson had immortalized golf shoes in his famous movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by writing "If we're ever going to get out of here alive we're going to need some golf shoes." Why? Because golf shoes have the grip to walk on the muck, he insists.
Whether you take the above quote seriously or not is a personal choice, but for every sport, your feet plays and important role as it carries a lot of body weight. What protects our feet and gives it support in return are the shoes that we wear. Thus golfing that involves a lot of walking and the player needs to be on his feet for the entire duration of the play, it is very important that you wear the right kind of shoes. Wrong shoes may end up hurting your spinal cord very badly.
Just as different sports have their footwear like tennis shoes, soccer shoes, running shoes, golf too has golf shoes. All professional players wear golf shoes. Do you need a golf shoe? Let's first see what is special about golf shoes that set these apart from other sports shoes.
The most important part of golf shoes are the walking surfaces; the spikes. Although traditionally they used metal spikes, these days rubber spikes are used so that the playing surface is not damaged and at the same time the player gets a good grip on the undulated surfaces. The traction in golf shoes is what that sets its apart from a sneaker.
Since as a golfer you will be on your feet most of the time, golf shoes are supposed to be rigid. These shoes give you a strong support and a good base for your swing shots. You do want to stay on your feet and not on your back at the end of your swing!
Now let's review the question again whether or not you need golf shoes.
If you are considering playing golf in long terms and do spend at least a day on the field in a week, it is advisable that you go for a golf shoe. The more you are careful about your gait, your support and your feet, the longer will be your golfing career. Slipping on a muddy area and injuring yourself just because you were wearing the wrong shoes will not be very wise!
On the other hand if you are happy with your athletic shoe, stick to that as long as it gives you a good tread and strong support to your ankle. The tire pattern for tread is often considered to be good.
If however you plan to buy golf shoes look for the following:
Allow spaces for your toes to wiggle when you wear the shoes.
High-quality spikes that can be replaced.
Ensure that your toes are not getting pinched nor the back of your shoe is riding up.
So next time that you are out there teeing or golfing, do keep an eye on the shoes you are tying up; the shoes should give you support, grip and comfort.
Runners have heard that when they are buying running clothes that they should buy "technical running apparel". But, do you know what that means? Read on to see what technical apparel is and why it is important to runners.
Technical running clothing is made of synthetic fabrics - you may also hear them called moisture wicking materials. Two of the most popular are CoolMax or Dri-Fit. These materials are especially made for runners. They are much better for your running comfort than cotton.
Cotton clothing will absorb your sweat while you are running. And, then the cotton stays wet. This will make you uncomfortable for a couple of reasons. First of all, it makes your clothing heavier as you run. And, it will also trap this moisture against your body and can make you feel cold and pretty miserable. This can even happen on a warmer day.
However, the technical fabrics are made to pull the sweat away from you body - thus the term, moisture-wicking. They are made to dry faster than cotton and will stay pretty dry as you run. This will make you feel much more comfortable as you run. And, for those that do a walk/run program, it is really helpful so that you don't get chilled during the walking parts of your workout.
The material that technical running clothing is made of is lightweight and stretching. This makes it less bulky than cotton. It also means that you don't have to wear many layers when you run on colder days. A moisture-wicking shirt and a jacket or other top over it is probably all you need. If it's a super cold day, then you will need a middle layer. This will keep you dry and warm without carrying around extra weight.
Technical running apparel is needed for all your running wear. Tops, tights, sports bras and your socks. Yes, technical socks are needed rather than cotton. The cotton socks will stay wet and can cause blisters.
Once you try technical running apparel you'll be hooked. You'll see how comfortable you stay during your runs. If you're still a little skeptical, try one piece to see how much better you feel.
Technical running clothing will cost a little more than cotton running clothes. However, you definitely get your money's worth. If taken care of properly, they will last a long time. And, it's hard to put a price on how much better you'll feel during your runs.
Most runners at one time or another will find themselves running in the dark. If it's winter time, you may be running after work when it's already dark. In the summer time, you may be running super early in the morning to beat the heat. So, one way or another, there will be times when you will be running when it's dark out.
Actually, I enjoy running in the early morning hours when it's still dark out. It's so peaceful out when most of the rest of the world is asleep. And, it's especially nice when it's a big full moon in the sky.
Runners need to be a little more cautious when running in the dark, but there are some tips to make it less dangerous.
Make sure you are wearing reflective gear.
You want to make sure that you are well seen in the dark. So, if you light up like a Christmas tree - that's OK! There are all kind of reflective wear available - shirts, jackets, caps, as well as reflective vests.
Watch Out For Areas That Are Not Well Lit
There are a couple of reasons for this. You want oncoming cars, other runners, etc. to see you and also see animals that may be out there. (If you've ever come up on a skunk in the dark, you know what I mean!). Also, you want to be able to see where you are running. There may be large rocks or items that you may trip on if you can't see them.
Run Facing Traffic
This is important all the time, but especially crucial if you are running in the dark. You want to see what is coming up on you and be prepared to move out of the way.
Let Someone Know Your Plan
Before you head out, let someone know of your running plans. Make them aware of the route you plan to run and how long you plan on being gone. Then, let them know when you return.
Make sure you are carrying some sort of identification when you are running. This is important at all times, but especially in the dark.
Running in the dark doesn't need to worry you or your loved ones. Just make sure you are running smart and being aware of your surroundings. You never know - you may even learn to enjoy a peaceful morning run!