Golf is challenging. That's why you like it, and are always looking for ways to get better. Whether it's trying a new putter or switching up your grip, any change you can make to your game that helps decrease your stroke count is a win. But there's probably one change you haven't even thought about making that could have a really big impact.
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Golfers want every advantage possible to improve their game, but there's one you probably haven't even thought to try. Adding insoles to your golf shoes can make a big difference in your balance, endurance and comfort.
Clinical studies have shown that arch support insoles can increase club head velocity (CHV) and add yards to your stroke.
To truly help with your golf game, your insoles need to provide firm support that holds up over 18 holes. Soft foam underfoot will not provide the structure needed for real improvement.
We recommend Tread Labs Pace or Dash Insoles. If you're looking for a firm, yet flexible insole to make your golf shoes more comfortable, go with Pace. If you need the firmest level of support, choose Dash with their carbon fiber arch supports.
So much of your golf game depends on your feet. During the average 18-hole round, you'll walk about five miles. If your feet aren't comfortable, those miles are are chore, and your game will be affected. To make sure your feet can take you to the clubhouse after a round, try adding insoles for golf shoes to your game.
How Golf Shoe Inserts Improve Your Swing
Podiatrist Larry Huppin points out, "the foot functions completely differently in golf than in any other activity. First your weight is placed lightly on the balls of your feet, balanced between your front and rear foot. There is a slight shift to the back foot, then another shift to the front."
Understanding what happens with your foot and ankle mechanics while you play the game, particularly during your swing, will help you see how insoles can improve your swing.
LER Magazine breaks down your golf swing into these four phases:
Ball set up and foot stance - when you align your body and the ball, with your weight nearly equally distributed between the feet, with slightly more weight on the back foot.
Backswing - when your lead leg rotates, transferring your weight to the trailing side.
Downswing - the return of the club head to the ball with maximum velocity and accuracy with the rotation of the body.
Follow through - the deceleration of the body and club head.
All of this rotation and accuracy requires good balance and a solid foundation. Golf insoles help with both, and more:
Balance - Insoles with strong support increase balance by spreading the contact on the bottom of your feet over a larger area. This increases stability and gives a more grounded feeling which translates to longer drives.
Endurance - limiting pronation in your stance helps your accuracy. Limiting pronation as you walk reduces fatigue. Less fatigue will increase your focus and lower your score.
Comfort - You play for enjoyment. Don't compromise with footwear that leaves you feeling flat. Strong arch support lengthens your stride and makes walking easier.
There are many studies showing the benefits of orthotics for golf, demonstrating their positive impact on shot accuracy, golf swing and balance.
All Golf Shoe Insoles Are Not Alike
Just like clubs, balls and shoes, not all insoles are created equal. To get the most benefit from your golf insoles, they must be:
Firm enough to control how your body interacts with the green. Soft foam may feel good initially, but it won't hold up past a few holes. An insole with a solid structure will benefit your game in the long-term, particularly carbon fiber inserts that allow the redistribution of force in the forefoot.
A proper fit that matches the contours of your feet. A one size fits all insole won't help with your balance and stability, nor will it reduce slippage during your downswing and ball impact.
Made of lightweight and flexible materials that will reduce fatigue associated with long periods of repetitive weightbearing and load shifting.
The right pair of insoles can help improve your biomechanics and reduce injury, particularly repetitive motion injuries that are common to golf.
Mark has always believed exceptional footwear can change lives. He's been in the footwear industry for over 30 years, working with podiatrists, pedorthists, foot care experts, and footwear makers. Mark started Chaco sandals in 1989 and developed a game-changing sport sandal that delivered comfort and durability. After Chaco sold in 2009, Mark ultimately started Tread Labs to continue transforming people's footwear so they can walk better, feel better, live better.