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How to Break 90 Without Swing Changes

How to Break 90 Easily With Your Game

Julian had never broken 90 before this round. He's been playing for a year and has a personal best of 91, only one time.

I'd never met him before this day and would learn his tendencies as we played. But below are the highlights for you to apply to your own game.


The course is par 90

I guided Julian around the course with the idea in our heads that each hole had one stroke added to the par to make the course a par 90.

WHY? Because it removes pressure you feel to play professional style or scratch golf. Your new par means you can aim to hit par 4 holes in 3 strokes, par 5's in 4 strokes and par 3's in 2.

This is essential in breaking 90. You're not playing to break 72. You're not a pro. When you create an attainable goal with this system, you relax and hit better shots.

You should NEVER be SMASHING a ball when trying to break 90. If you are doing that, you are doing it wrong.


Adapt to Julian's style - know yourself

I quickly picked up some things in Julians game and needed to work around it. If you have seen my whiteboard videos on breaking 90, you'll know i recommend getting rid of trouble clubs that destroy your game, very often the driver.

But I couldn't do that in Julians case so driver was going to be our main club because he had no other tee-club. 

Some holes he was going to be close enough to the green to go for it comfortably. This is where you can take advantage but only when its comfortably in reach. You can't be forcing anything playing the breaking 90 system.

Strengths to utilize!

1. DRIVER: He hit a solid pull-slice off the tee and it worked almost every time. As long as his aim point was correct, he would always be on the right side of the fairway and with decent distance. 

The consistency of his shot shape was the important part and it helps when you have this so you can plan accordingly.

2. Chipping consistency with the SW: He chips so well around the greens but needs to understand the consistent rollout vs carry he is getting. Once we started getting that dialed, he was able to chip much closer to the hole.

The consistency of his chipping is a huge strength and will be the aspect that will mean he can SLASH strokes, as long as he practices the 5 footers and closer to the hole.

3. His irons are very good: 9i to 5i work really nicely for him. He gets the ball toward the target, leaving himself very few partial pitch shots after duffed shots. He usually leaves himself normal chip shots and with his good chipping, he will excel.

I would never let him hit something other than the driver off the tee because it's reliable and he likes to hit it. He doesn't have confidence in his other clubs off the tee. Driver is then the default.

I'd like to set him up shots he would like into the green, but his distances are very good of the tee and we were playing the shorter white tees. We could not avoid the partial shots at times or the wedge into the green. Some holes we were just going to expose a significant weakness that ALL golfers have and particularly 90 and 100 breakers. 

Weaknesses to avoid!

1. Putting: Julians line-reading is perfect. He just has a single problem in his mind regarding putting. He is scared of the return putt if it goes beyond a foot behind the hole.

This aspect of the game could save him so many strokes. Not only on the 5 footers if he practices them, for when he leaves a chip 4 feet from the hole, but also for more confidence to roll the approach putt past the hole. If he can roll it past the hole, he will make more of his longer putts.

He left a few in the mouth of the hole, purely out of fear of going past the hole. This is easily curable with putting practice particularly the ladder drill and the circle drill.

2. Inside PW distance: This is every shot inside 120 yards but most important, the wedges as approach clubs for Julian.

VERY IMPORTANT IS THE NEED TO KNOW YOUR CARRY DISTANCES LIKE A RELIGION. You need to know them so you can plan the approaches and KNOW where the ball will land. 

100% of the time, not a single 90 or 100 seeker can tell me the distance of their wedges. It's almost always a guess. This is most neglected area in golf. Everyone is concerned about drilling driver at the range, but no one hits a bucket of wedges. 

3. Mentality that you are not consistent or good enough: Watch Julians round and tell me he is not consistent! Impossible. He is consistent in his shot shape, his putting distance control, his chipping carry vs rollout. 

We just need to play to our strengths and avoid the weaknesses. 

4. Caddies are a hindrance sometimes: The caddies in Thailand don't play golf and have never hit a golf ball. They will comment on every shot, thinking it's supposed to be like a pro.

This is incredibly distracting a a higher score shooter. "Slice" "oooh short" "not good" "rough" "water" "Water left OB right" - all these little comments as if the shot is not good because it's not perfect sucks. I always applaud a shot that will be playable and in a decent position for the playa. 


EVERYONE NEEDS THE PUNCH SHOT BECAUSE HERO SHOTS ARE DUMB.

If you are in the trees, which you will be A LOT as a mid to high handicapper, you need a punch shot.

Here's the nitty gritty stone cold truth on hero shots.

HERO SHOTS ARE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO HIT BUT ARE NEVER ACTUALLY WORTH DOING EVEN IF YOU PULL THEM OFF. That's why there are NO HERO SHOTS IN AMATER GOLF, ONLY STUPID SHOTS.

The shot through the trees? The shot over and under and through the little window in the gap between the....blah blah. What's the best case scenario?

Truth is, the best case scenario is still shit. Sorry. Take your medicine and use a lower lofted club. Chip it back into the fairway and approach the green. 

The downside to failing this shot means lost balls and frustration that spoils your entire day and mood. The upside is minuscule to pulling it off, and still being in the shit.

Let the ego go. Hit the smart shot. Hit the shot that does not give you stress.


This game is hard - don't make it harder

You can play this game on easy mode or hard mode.

Easy mode is hitting the stress free shot in every moment, knowing you have plenty of strokes to get the ball in the hole because it's not a pro regulation course anymore. 

Hard mode is chasing birdies and getting angry because you're hitting stupid shot after stupid shot, expecting a Dustin Johnson birdie extravaganza. 

Check out these two videos so you can go from stuck on default hard mode, to easy street.

NOT A 4 HANDICAP CHALLENGE

Your challenge if you choose to accept


YOU give me the handicap YOU THINK I should have, and then let's play a match - stroke play. What do you reckon? Give me a handicap somewhere between 10 and 16? 


Stakes: $5,000 US dullahs


Location: Thailand


Course: Any course with water on at least 15 holes, 6700-8000-yard-tees; up to you I don't mind. You pick it, we play it, but there must be 15 holes at least with water bordering the green or fairway.


Tee time: Only between 10:30am and midday, no earlier than that.


Stipulations: We both carry a camera on a tripod for all 18 holes and film each others shots as well as our own shots. Every shot anyone misses filming is one stroke penalty. Walk the entire round, no golf carts. If you hold up play while filming, you get a one stroke penalty. Your claimed handicap must be independently verified officially beforehand. Video to be posted on Youtube.

Come on then big boy....

Some Karens get offended by the stipulations above. Why the stipulations?

Well Karen Dingleberry...the golf courses on the channel are almost always 6700 to 7200 yards with fairway bordered by water on most of the holes which you can't see because you're obtuse. Filmed rounds for 2 people will take no more than 3.5 hours, walking and filming. You will have to keep time. 

We play in the heat of the day between 88 and 100° F and we WALK, and I carry a camera on a tripod the entire way round. So you have to play like how I play to make it a fair contest since you've decided to have a mouth vomit on my comments section. 

If you do not respond via my email MATT at GOLFSIDEKICK dot COM then I assume you're just a 30 year old living with your parents and never had a relationship or a child...or just a loser. 

Matt


Coolest Golf Ball Markers – Best Ballmarkers in the Game

Coolest Golf Ball Markers 2021

  1. Waddaplaya Poker Chip Set (coolest set of five markers)
  2. Waddaplaya Jewel Ball Marker (best for making more birdies)
  3. Waddaplaya Decision Coin Ball Marker (how to decided between BDE or chill)
  4. Waddaplaya Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Ball Marker
  5. Kraken Golf Ballmarkers

Most Forgiving Titleist Irons

Titleist have never been known for the most forgiving irons in the world but after their recent AP1, AP2 and AP3 irons, they moved into the everyday golfer market instead of being the niche for advanced players.

The T-range consists of T100, T200 and T300 which is in reverse order of forgiveness. The T300 are the game improvement irons for players who need maximum forgiveness and the T200 range is for the slightly more consistent player looking for some forgiveness but without the big clubhead.

In both these clubs you'll find forgiveness but it just depends on your skill level. The T300 mainly for high handicappers while the T200 is mainly for mid to lower handicappers. The AP1 is the prior model of the Titleist range which was also loaded with forgiveness if you can find a set.

It's probably one of the most forgiving Titleist irons ever.

Most Forgiving Titleist Irons

  1. Titleist T300 (Game Improvement Titleist irons)
  2. Titleist T200 irons (Players-distance Titleist irons)
  3. Titleist AP1 (most forgiving irons one model prior)

Most forgiving in the range

The forgiveness of the T300 is something most people will not associate with Titleist. Due to Max Impact design and stronger lofts, distances on the same as a lot of new game improvement irons.  Any mid to high handicapper would be happy to game these without fear of pain in the fingers and hard impact. 

Higher lofted irons in the set are stronger than any other irons in the Titleist range so you'll see distance gains if you're playing a very old set of clubs. Traditional lofts are only found in the pro-level irons in the Titleist range. 

What does that mean? Well it means if the loft numbers are lower for the same club, then you'll hit it further. 

T300 is a mid-low spinning iron. Of course this can mean sometimes it is harder to hold a green but when we're talking forgiveness, we have to make some sacrifices. So if you can roll the ball up or have big enough greens, the lower spin shouldn't concern you much. The big advantage of lower spin means that you'll A) hit it further and B) have less dispersion left and right!

Titleist made a silicone-polymer core and put it behind the face so they could make the face thinner, so the ball pops off the face instead of feeling like it mushes into the face like on forged clubs. That means higher balls speeds and more distance.  

The prior model which this one replaces, the AP1 was a hollow body construction but Titleist have used a genuine cavity back in the irons this time. As I always say on this website throughout, cavity backs are always the most forgiving. 

The irons have a wide sole and large face so you have plenty of margin for error. The club prevents digging and also keeps mis-hits online, as well as reducing the losses of distance.

The top line at address when you look down at the club, you notice the T300 is much thicker than the T200 model, but the length of the clubface is about the same. A bit unexpected is that the T300 seems to have less offset than the T200.

Pros
  • Minimal offset if you don't need help to make the ball go more left
  • Low to mid spinning iron for more distance
  • Stronger lofts in the lower irons especially for more carry
  • Wide sole for easy movement through turf
Cons

Most forgiving for lower handicappers

In the T200 irons, you get a game improvement iron that looks more classic and as the successor to the AP3, is starting to look closer to a players iron, but not quite.

What you'll notice between the T100 which is the pro level club, and the T200 is the offset and that definitely defines it more toward the game improvement. Offset is used to prevent the slice and fades.

Where the T200 is just a little in a class of its own is that it really doesn't look clunky and chunky at address. When you look down at the club, it's got a thick top line but it's not chunky and it when in the bag, they look really slick. 

Another aspect of the club that defines it in the more forgiving section, but for lower to lower-mid handicaps is the loft. Basically, the 9 iron in this set is the same loft as the 8 iron in the more advanced player iron, the T100. 

The point is, they may look and appear as advanced players irons, but these are very much forgiving Titleist irons. But having them in your bag would look good and perform well whether you're trying to break 90 or you're on the cusp of breaking 80. 

Why fight your equipment by going for the player iron if you can get super performance form an iron like the T200? It has an appearance that better players will like and performs in ways that help you maximize distance and forgiveness.

The T200 (unlike the T300 which has a cast head) has a forged face which wraps around a portion of the sole to create more rebound. They put 90g of Tungsten in both the toe and the heel of the club to stabilize the head at impact for solid strikes.

Titleist made a silicone-polymer core and put it behind the face of this club, similarly to the T300, so they could make the face thinner, and increase speeds on the face while the forged face gives you a slightly softer impact feeling. That means higher balls speeds and more distance.  

Pros
  • Tungsten weights in heel and toe to stabilize at impact
  • Looks like a players iron, plays like an Average Joe iron
  • More offset than the T100 
  • At address, looks like a classic iron, not a real Game Improvement look
  • Excellent for anyone who wants to go from double digit into single
Cons
  • Much less forgiveness for higher handicappers

Conclusion

it all depends on your priorities. If I were looking to get from an 18 handicapper or more, so let's say shooting over 90 every round, I'd go T300. If I were a golfer shooting under 90 every now and then and wanted to start moving toward the low 80's and the 70's I would try the T200.

How to Hit a 30 to 75 Yard Golf Shot

How is it possible such a little shot can cause so much grief for so many men? A man can make a golf ball travel 400 yards in two shots but give that same man a shot inside 75 yards and you see some tragic things!

I'm sure you've also seen countless guys blading balls over the green or hitting fat shots that don't even reach the green. You may be one of them. I know I was. So what's the big deal?

There's no carry over water, there's no long carries to hit the fairway...it's just a little shot but it's the shot no one wants to talk about. But it's time we talked about it, so just how do you hit a 30 to 75 yard golf shot? 

I'm going to outline how I went from totally sucking at this shot to being lethal in only 2 practice sessions:

  • Technique to play the shot from 30 to 75 yards
  • Controlling the distance
  • Which club to play it with
  • How to practice it

By the end of this guide, I hope you'll be able to do it! By the way, the best way to avoid these shots on the course is to follow my system for breaking 90.

Pick one to start with and master it

Key concepts for hitting pitch shots inside 100 yards

  • The club you use is up to you. There's no firm and fast rule. I personally use 53° and 58° wedges
  • You need to align your feet to the left of the target
  • Keep your weight more on your left side to stop yourself falling back to scoop the ball
  • Have your sternum directly over the ball
  • Put the ball in the middle of your stance
  • Don't use your arms to try scoop it - you need to turn your body with the shot and have your arms follow your body
  • Keep your arms closer to your body for body rotation - close your armpits against your body
  • Hit down on it but take a shallower divot - it'll be shallow automatically because you rotate your body
  • Distance control is achieved through the length of your back swing and the wedge you use

Technique for 30 to 75 and 80 yard pitch shots

Mark Heinneman explains how to hit these shots really simply in the video below. I don't enjoy videos by Tour pros who try tell you how to hit shots because while they're good at them, they don't know how to elaborate clearly and simply to mid and high handicapper golfers. This video is excellent below:

A similar concept (with a little drill) is shown at the Golf Channel website here.

Another great explanation in this video from Rick Shiels:

How do I control the distance from 30 to 75 yards?

I like to think of where my back swing must stop and then swing through the ball like a normal shot. You won't generate full shot club head speed with a shortened back swing and that by default will make the shot go a shorter distance EVEN WITH A FULL FOLLOW THROUGH.

Rick Shiels explains clearly how to control your distance with the wedges

I like the idea of the clock system in these videos. I use it and have used it for years. I've changed the clock to be a percentage for me. I hit my lob wedge 100 yards in full swing so I stop my back swing at 40%, 75% depending on the distance because 40% is of 100 yards is 40 yards. So the percentages and distance line up perfectly.

Here is the guru of the short game Dave Pelz giving us another explanation. With some awful music in the background

Which club should I use?

I use my 53° and my 58° wedge. On full swings, the 53 degree goes 115-120 yards while the 58 degree goes around 100.

The 53 degree is good for inside 90 yards where there is a lot of space on the green before the pin. I use the 58 degree for inside 90 yards where the isn't much green to work with.

Start practicing with your sand wedge and perfect that. Then move onto your other clubs. It's better to be lethal with one club than average with two or three.

How to practice these shots

Step 1: Go to a practice facility or your local course where there is a green made for pitching. If you don't have that, get to a grass driving range. Worst case scenario is an artificial turn driving range but it will do. Pick one club you'd like to work on. Don't try it with all 3 wedges you own - you'll just confuse yourself.

Step 2: Pace out the distance to the hole 30 yards, 50 yards, 70 yards. Some places will have distance markers for you.

Step 3: Put a head cover under your left armpit and keep it there throughout your swing to keep your armpits tucked in and get your body turning. We don't want to use just our arms here. 

Step 4: Hit balls from each distance and consciously take note of where your back swing is ending on each distance. Pro-actively put that feeling into your brain so you can remember it on the course. It's vital to be mindful when practicing otherwise you get onto the course and forget what you taught yourself. 

Don't worry too much about flight control and super spin on these pitch shots just yet. Worry most about distance control and shot setup. Once you have those fundamentals, you can play around with making the ball spin or hitting lower shots into the greens. 

Conclusion

So how to hit a 30 to 75 yard pitch shot? Follow the fundamentals in the videos above and then practice it until you feel it in your bones. Always be conscious of yourself when practicing and be mindful of what you're doing and how it feels so you can replicate it on the course. 

I know it sounds stupid, but when you hit a good one, physically take the "fairy dust" after the shot and put it in your golf bag or your pocket while on the range or practice facility. It genuinely works!

Enjoy!

Best Golf Shirts for Hot Weather

I play in Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Myanmar. It's hot here for 49 weeks a year (90°-100° F). The other 3 weeks, it's mildly hot.

Here's what I learned VERY QUICKLY when I started playing in Thailand.

DO NOT WEAR COTTON WHEN IT IS HOT!

I nearly passed out the first time I played golf out here in my 100% cotton polo. I lay in the shower, on the floor, eating dried mango while the cold water washed over me. That's not a joke. 

In the hot, we want to wear synthetics. Not silk. Not cotton. Nope. Synthetics like nylon, polyester, and nylon/polyester with spandex woven into it. This will allow the sweat to evaporate and stop the shirt clinging to you. When cotton clings to you, it restricts movement. Synthetic shirts are simply the best golf shirts for hot weather.

But they feel cheap right?

I did not like to wear synthetics back then and I was convinced by the internet articles telling me to wear loose fitting cottons, linens and silks. WRONG!

After the 3rd or 4th round, you really appreciate the advice of people who tell you to get some dry fit golf attire. 

When the wind blows, it plays cool on your skin mixing the moving air with the wet front and back of your shirt. The fabric stretches and moves if it's clinging to you instead of holding your shoulders back and wrapping around your love handles. 

Shirts with spandex woven in are going to be the most comfortable shirts you'll ever wear. I know, because I created shirts specially for my own enjoyment in the heat!

Best Golf Shirts for Hot Weather


Waddaplaya Golf Polo

Created for the tropical heat - fun patterns

I have created these shirts to be the lightest, most comfortable shirts on the planet especially for the heat.

They are spandex and synthetic blended together to create a light shirt that stretches and keeps your cool in the hot weather. The fabric retains some moisture as you play and the wind cools you down as you perspire.

After you get off the course, the shirt is dry within minutes of being indoors and the best part about this synthetic blend is that it does not hold stink under the armpits. I have been using this fabric for 2 years now and cannot be happier. 

Waddaplaya is the only golf polo I wear and that's because I made it the best possible golf shirt for hot weather in the world. 


Three Sixty Six Golf Shirt

Great stretchy blend - tons of colors

ThNothing to complain about here. Great shirts for hot weather with 88% polyester and 12% elastene which is also a SUPERB stretchy thread woven into the shirt to make it breath and stretch to your body and keep you cool playa. 


Little Donkey Andy Polo 

Short and long sleeve available

Long sleeve is sometimes an option to if you want to keep the sun off your arms. Have a look at the bottom of the page if you want to see my solution which I use often out here in Thailand. UV sleeves.

This spandex/nylon blend will be a perfect feeling for you on the course and if you're worried about the cancers on the forearms or just don't like too much sun, the long sleeves are a great option. 


EAGEGOF Golf Shirt

Cool patterns and perfect spandex mix

Lovely blend of 85/15 with the poly and spandex. These patterns are not as loud and bright as the Waddaplaya Golf shirts mentioned above but are definitely more interesting than plain golf shirts. 



Conclusion

The best golf shirts or polos for heat and hot weather are always synthetic.

I promise you're going to be thanking me when you try the blended shirts especially the little tidbit about the spandex for stretchiness. You're going to love it and golf in the heat will mean nothing to you, big dog!


Best Driving Iron for High Handicappers

Driving irons have historically not been easy clubs to hit but manufacturers are discovering ways all the time to increase forgiveness and make the driving iron accessible to everyone.

Before pursuing one of the best driving irons for high handicappers, perhaps take a quick look at the guide for hybrids. They are supposed to be easier to hit, but if, like me, you'd prefer a driving iron, I've listed the best, most forgiving utility irons below.

The case for the driving iron

I don't like hybrids personally, as they like to go left and and lefter. I've tried countless hybrids and just always come back to my Srixon ZU85 2 iron. 

Some people find the extra junk in the trunk distracting plus the increased offset at address makes the club look closed.

I've found a lot of utility (driving) irons are standard fit with steel shafts and that's a big plus so it can match the behavior of your set of irons. Of course, the driving iron can also have a graphite shaft standard fit, but hybrids all come with graphite shafts.

Should I get a driving iron?

Have you ever hit one?

I mean that without malice. I've seen high handicappers like Brian (BDog) on my Youtube channel try a driving iron and all he felt was pain and ringing in his hands. He LOVES a hybrid though. 

Other times I've seen my high handicapper partners hitting driving irons and telling me that feel that they can't get a hybrid in the air and the driving iron gives them way more roll out.

It comes down to swing speed and amount of tension in your body. If you have good swing speed, you can go lower lofted. If your swing speed is not fast enough, the driving iron may hurt you more than a hybrid would. Tension in the arms, shoulders or hands will also kill the speed and relaxation needed to hit a driving iron. If you have these two things sorted, you're going to be okay.

It's all personal choice and if you have the speed; or just prefer the look of an iron behind the ball, you have to go with your gut. The aesthetics are 75% of the battle. If you don't like the LOOK of the club, you're not going to hit it well.

How do I select the correct loft for my driving iron?

Honestly, at high handicap and slower swing speeds, you should be looking at higher lofts - 20 degrees and higher. As your speed increases, you can look below 20 degrees. 

The current driving irons are higher lofted than the ancient ones which could go down to 15 degrees. Modern ones seem to start around 18 degrees and they're tough to get airborne. They're A LOT easier than the antiquities you can find at junk shops, but still, we want to have a club that is not hard to hit. It needs to be a joy-bringer.

Keep in mind also, that a graphite shaft will be lighter than a steel shaft and can assist in increasing some club head speed.

Below are some of the top driving irons to help you with accuracy off the tee and get you in play to start lowering that score to the low 90s, upper 80s. These are the easiest to hit and will provide maximum benefit to high handicappers looking for a reliable tee ball.

Best Driving Irons for High Handicappers

  1. Cobra King Utility Iron  (Forgiveness for high handicappers)
  2. Cleveland Golf Launcher UHX Utility  (Best value for money utility iron)
  3. Taylormade GAPR MID (Best for slower swingers)
  4. TaylorMade SIM Max DHY (Best if you struggle to launch it high)
  5. Callaway Big Bertha B21 Single 4 or 5 Iron (Top secret option no one tells you)

Adjustable and forgiving driving iron

The Cobra King Utility comes in either a graphite or steel shaft and with the graphite, you'll be able to get a lighter experience but if you're a fast swinger, the steel can match your irons.

You want to pay more attention to the 19.5 and 22.5 degree lofts. These driving irons are adjustable and can be set to a "draw" setting to promote more of a right to left ball flight. The 22.5 degree club for example can be adjusted to 21 all the way up to 24 degrees for more forgiveness.

The ball speed is very consistent off the club face between thins and mis hits and center strikes. Cobra are becoming well-know for the forgiveness of their irons for the weekend player and the Utility iron is similar in that regard.

From the top, the iron has a thick top line and the overall look is very similar to a normal iron in your set. From a distance the club LOOKS like a blade but it is not. it's a hollow-backed design and that resembles more of a hybrid action without the extra baggage in the back of the club.

Despite being hollow, it sounds crispy and tasty off the club face and when you pure one, everyone in the vicinity knows it. 

Pros
  • Delicious sound on good contact
  • Off center hits still fly reasonable distance but more importantly, less off line
  • Adjustable in a range of 3-4 degrees of loft and has a draw setting
  • Strikes low in the face, still provide good results
Cons
  • Loft settings will be more appropriate in lower lofted models for low handicappers

Best value for money driving iron for high handicapper

The UHX from Cleveland features a hollow-body construction, same as the Cobra above, delivering more distance with additional forgiveness when comparing to normal irons.

Cleveland's Launcher UHX comes with a graphite shaft and with lofts of 20 degrees for the 4 iron and 23 degrees for the 5 iron, the club is going to help you get it airborne and flying long.

The steel face insert in the variable thickness face delivers stronger ball speeds for distance, reducing the impact of mis-hits off the toe and heel.

Interacting with the turf is much smoother with the v-shaped sole. This is a feature on the Srixon irons. Srixon is part of the same company as Cleveland and XXIO. Quality and value for money combined with forgiveness make Cleveland an EASY recommendation for your game.

Pros
  • Hollow back design for more forgiveness throughout the face
  • V shaped sole allows for smooth turf interaction without digging
  • Value for money at this price is top

The most hybrid looking driving iron

They might almost appear to be hybrids, but when you cozy the club to the ball, it looks so different. The Taylormade GAPR MID is a chunky driving iron.

The GAPR MID is more prone to a right to left ball flight. Looks-wise, it looks like an iron on the face and the slight offset helps to stop the left to right movement. The sound of the club lets it down with a heavy, thick sound. It can be quite a common complaint with the foam-filled clubs being produced lately.

The GAPR HI is much more of a hybrid club so was not included in this purely driving iron list. It will be easier to hit but at the same time, regardless of which model, the best lofts for this driving iron are 21 and 24 degrees.

Remember we want to have a club that is easy to launch and forgiving on mis hits. The GAPR is a solid club.

Pros
  • Thick top line covers the ball at address
  • MID and HI models are easier to hit higher and longer
  • Easier to use from the fairway and rough than other brands
Cons
  • HI looks like a hybrid and MID looks like an iron wood

DHY model is best for high handicappers

In the Taylormade SIM Max DHY, you have a very forgiving DHY (Driving HYbrid). The bottom of the club very thick and full of meat which helps with confidence - as opposed to the razor like thinness of a 1 or 2 iron of old.

The trajectory is higher than the other Taylormade offerings in the driving iron category because of the hollow-body construction with a low and deep center of gravity. 

It's important to steer clear of the UDI model as this is for better players with more speed. Everything about the UDI model is thinner, smaller and harder to hit. The DHY SIM MAX model has been designed to be the easiest to hit by putting the weight in the sole, not behind the face.

Because of the thick sole, the DHY can be used from the rough as easily as any hybrid. It's a big plus because driving irons can often be seen as only a tee club. I can see this club being used to punch out down the fairway under trees, but from the fairway, I would be worried about chunking the ball because of the massive sole. Tee and rough is where the DHY will shine.

The DHY features a lot more offset than the UDI model which will promote less slice. Using the higher lofted options of 19, 22 or 25 degrees will ensure more forgiveness too and keep the ball flying less offline.

Pros
  • Very easy to launch high 
  • Very useful replacement if you struggle with woods
  • Big chunky appearance best for the tee ball confidence
  • Glides through longer grass on short punches or escapes
  • High quality shaft included as standard
Cons
  • HUGE head of the club

A forgiving single iron can work just as well

This is not necessarily a driving iron in the true sense of the word but the Callaway B21 Big Berthas have very strong lofts.

The key in this equation is that these irons are extremely forgiving to hit and that 18 degree or 21 degree loft are designed with special technology to help you get the ball in the air. This is a no brainer if you're looking for a single iron to hit off the tee.

You can order the clubs individually by selecting the number iron. I suggest 4 or 5 iron as the 18 degree loft on the 4 iron will be infinitely easier to get airborne than a driving iron with 18 degrees of loft.

The Big Bertha B21's are deep cavity backs with perimeter weighting to give you the most forgiveness on off-center hits. A really simple, efficient solution.

Other similar options would be Taylormade M2 single irons or Cobra single irons in the 3, 4 or 5 iron model. This is a little secret no one will tell you. Skip the driving iron utility irons and just get a lower lofted forgiving High handicapper iron!

Pros
  • Easy to hit from all lies
  • Can help eliminate a slice with its draw bias
  • Lower lofts but easier to fly higher due to current technology
  • Very forgiving on off center hits unlike a lot of specialist driving irons
Cons
  • Very few

That's right, sometimes single irons from a set work too!

There are driving irons that can help you but the secret sauce is in the fact you can just buy a single iron from a forgiving set of any Taylormade, Cobra or Callaway set and it will work maybe EVEN BETTER than a utility iron.

It's a cheap, reliable option and the clubs made in the last 3-4 years are so easy to hit in lower lofts from a tee peg. 

Conclusion

Taylormade, Cleveland and Cobra are top of forgiveness game in the utility and driving iron world. Make sure you have enough swing speed to get the lower lofted clubs airborne and then proceed with the higher lofted versions to ensure forgiveness.

There's no rule against having multiple driving irons if you prefer them!

Best Golf Chipper Club

The chipper.

Is there a more divisive club in golf?

People who use them love them. People who don't...well they hate the guys who do!

The reason is simple. These things work for most golfers especially the guys who have a tough time chipping with wedges which is what is expected of us. 

But since the main philosophy of this website and my Youtube channel is that you jam with the game you have; if you want a chipper, you get a chipper.

A friend of mine, Didi, used a chipper for years before he learnt to chip with his 54° and he played off an 8 handicap with that chipper! He had to stop using it because he got so good with it that some people wouldn't play against him if he brought it! Check him out in the video below.

Below are some of the best golf chippers in the game right now.

Why chippers work

A lot of players get nervous when chipping from the nature of a chip. A chip is a short shot that requires feel and touch. 

Often the chips are played off the fringe or the fairway which can have tight grass, making the idea of clipping the ball off the turf a scary one. It sounds silly to a lot of golfers, but we've all been there.

The chipper comes along and makes that shot easier by allowing you to have more of a sweeping putting stroke without worrying about teething the ball across the green or duffing it one foot in front of where you're standing. 

Should you get one or learn to use a wedge?

There is no hard and fast rule for the way you approach the game. My philosophy throughout everything I think about golf is to make it as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

If a chipper will remove stress from your game and allow you to cut three or four shots off your score, make the beer taste better and give you a butterfly in your tummy to play again...I think you know where I'm headed. Whatever gets you jazzed to play golf again is good for you.

Follow your gut. Do what it says. A man with a chipper knows what he wants, he wants to get that ball in that hole in the leat strokes possible.

The only thing you must overcome is ego. 

Put EGO aside and understand no one will understand you

You'll get a ribbing and some comments from other players because using a chipper is seen as equivalent of joining a suicide cult. 

Just keep that in mind. 

But then learn to use it and hole more chips than them. Silence them with results.

Don't get a two-sided chipper

Two sided chippers aren't going to benefit you. You'll almost never use it left handed if you're a righty, I swear to you. 

Getting a one-direction chipper is going to benefit you more as they have excellent alignment aids on the back of them. The two-way chipper doesn't and what's the point of getting a new club for chipping if it doesn't FULLY help you chip.?


Best Golf Chipper Clubs Available

  1. Cleveland Smart Sole C Wedge Chipper (best for anything inside 80 yards)
  2. Square Strike 45° Wedge (best wedge to use with a putting stroke)
  3. Intech Golf EZ Roll Chipper  (best alignment on chippers)
  4. Tour Edge Hot Launch Chipper  (best mallet style chipper)
  5. MacGregor Chipper (best looking chipper)

Best for long bump and runs and greenside chipping

Cleveland have rally cornered the market with this club. The C wedge is called that because the C stands for Chipper.

But the reason it works so well is because you can also use it from a distance. I used it in my video on breaking 90 by hitting under 150 yards here (part 1, par 2, part 3) and I can confirm it's a handy club when the fairways are firm and running smooth.

You can run it up to the green from up to 70 or 80 yards out. Green side, it takes some getting used to because the face is quite hot, meaning the ball comes off the face quite fast but with an hour or so of practice, you'll get used to it.

Pros
  • Hot face for longer distance shots if you have lack of confidence with pitch shots
  • Gets the ball rolling with less spin than a wedge so roll out is reliable
  • Lightweight shaft for good feel
  • Versatile all in one solution from inside 80
Cons
  • Acquired taste with the ball jumping off the face quite hot green side

Wide sole and upright stance for simple back and forth chipping

The Square Strike wedges always seem a bit gimmicky of course and they are not miracle clubs...I've heard all those clichés. But I've personally seen people get these and just use a putting grip to chip with and learned the way of the bump and run. 

They then moved onto chipping with their normal wedges afterward but without the Square Strike, they'd still be chunking and hitting the ground before the ball on chips over and over. 

There is a 45 degree option and that's a nice 9 iron loft. With a simple putting motion, standing closer to the ball, you'll find it very easy to chip and have a much larger margin for error because the sole is wide and thick. You'll glide through the turf and execute chips much easier. 

Pros
  • Reduces the fat shots
  • Teaches the putting stroke necessary for bump and runs
  • Good quality product right out the box

Big mallet and heavier weight for the slower greens

Mallets give you an easier alignment aid behind the face of the club and often, the extra weight can help to lower the center of gravity to get more force behind the ball.

That means it'll pop up much easier, without the need to "dig" into the ground toward the ball. The Tour Edge has 37 degrees of loft which is something like an 8 iron.

The difference I find with these clubs is that when a player looks down at the bigger mallet and the smaller face of the chipper, it's just more confidence inducing. Looking at the sharp edge of a wedge renders some players paralysed over a golf ball.

And 8 iron can work but once again, a lot of players struggling with chipping want to help "lift" the ball off the ground. This mallet will require a very minimal effort to bump the ball airborn and have it flying with enough velocity to roll up to the pin comfortably from those touch greenside lies. 

Pros
  • Easily glides through those tough lies on the tight fringe around the green
  • Extra weight pops the ball up easily and with speed to rollout
  • Longer grip allows for gripping high and gripping down for more feel

Alignment aid makes it easy to get started on line

When you look down at this club, it looks like a putter but has the loft of a strong 7 iron at 35 degrees. It can have lower loft because of the rear-weighting where the force of the club comes from the back and gets under the ball, launching it higher.

It's got the loft of a 7 iron but it's the length of a putter so don't worry about that. It will be upright so you'll be standing in a putting stance and just need to swing back and through like with a putter. 

A gooseneck shaft that does not touch the club face means you can forget about shanks, because there is no hosel to shank it off! 

Pros
  • Alignment aid behind the face is simple with a long line
  • Weight comes from the rear to execute a high pop up
  • Goose neck hosel to prevent shanks

Classiest looking chipper

Very similar to the other clubs on the list but with 37 degrees of loft similar to the Tour Edge. The perimeter weighting on the semi mallet chipper from Macgregor means it can work a lot like a cavity backed iron for even more forgiveness on an already forgiving club.

The wide sole means it will continue moving through the turf instead of getting stuck if you do catch the earth before the ball a little too soon. 

Pros
  • Forgiving and functions like a cavity back short iron
  • Wide bottom of the club for smooth skidding through the turf
  • Not very heavy but perimeter weighting means it has enough energy to move that ball high and land soft for some roll out
Cons
  • A little bit light

Conclusion

With so many options out there to chip and putt and get the ball in the hole, whatever gets the job done for you is most important.

The game is there to be enjoyed and I love to see chippers out on the green side shots. It means this dude knows what he wants and he wants to get that little ball in that little hole.

The Cleveland Smart Sole C Wedge is a very very versatile club and will serve you well from inside 80 or 70 yards all the way to green side. The best golf chipper in the game right now.

best budget golf driver

Best Budget Golf Driver – Affordable Distance

There is a budget category for golf clubs that include the best budget golf driver, but I have a better idea for you.

My idea is that you take a look at the cheaper end, yes. But also the higher end, perhaps a second hand model of a driver that is 4-5 years old. The drivers made in the last 4 or 5 years have no changed much and you can pick up a steal on either a new or used one.

Of course, if you want to spend as little as possible, I have a couple of options in this guide, but if I can give you one piece of advice it's to spend as much as you can afford on your equipment. It does make a massive difference to play premium materials instead of the composites that the budget manufacturers make. 

How do I know that? I grew up with not much money to spend on golf clubs and so I always played equipment that was WAY inferior to everyone else. My driver was for the longest time some kind of titanium alloy, Taylormade Burner knockoff. It did not perform as well as stuff made just 3 or 4 years prior.

Best Budget Golf Drivers

  1. Cleveland Launcher HB Driver (most forgiving driver for slow swings)
  2. Wilson Launch Pad (sleeper pick)
  3. Srixon Z 585 Driver (Best of the last 5 years)
  4. Callaway Epic Flash Driver (best driver from Callaway from 2019)
  5. Taylormade M6 Driver (one of the best by Taylormade)

Forgiving and easy to hit for slower swings

The Cleveland HB Launcher has a very tall dominating face and setting up to the ball, it looks like a traditional Cleveland. Classic shape and tall face with a massive sweet spot, especially forgiving on toe hits. Used or new, it's a bargain and one of unsung heroes of amateur golf when ti comes to accessibility to good equipment at decent prices. 

The club is light and by light, I mean REALLY light. That might not appeal to everyone but it can definitely help pick up an extra couple mph in your swing. If you're hovering around 85 mph, this little beauty can bring you up to 90 mph and give you a few yards more off the tee.

On the crown, the detailing is similar to PING with cool shapes that make the driver look streamlined and powerful over the ball. 

Pros
  • Forgiving all over the face
  • Lightweight to help increase speed for slower swingers
  • Tall face with large sweet spot
  • Excellent sound
Cons
  • Loft settings are not adjustable

One of the best budget options

Budget beater brand new

The 460CC head can be adjusted to lofts of 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees. Whether you swing it fast, slow or medium, you can adjust it to create more height and carry.

Wilson's Launch Pad driver has an ultra-thin face to generate much faster ball speeds for which in turn produces longer carries for more distance.  They've expanded the sweet-spot for greater forgiveness but don't think that just because it's a budget golf driver, that it's no good.

Wilson have been around for years, only being overtaken in the modern era similar to Nokia being overtaken by Apple and Samsung. They still make great phones, but people just focused their attention onto the shinier objects. Wilson are always a sleeper pick but currently also produce some of the nicest putters and wedges I have tried. 

Pros
  • Looks much more high end
  • Lightweight, thin face driver for more distance
  • Very low price
Cons
  • Name brand recognition is very low for the ego golfer

One of the best drivers of the last 5 years

The best part of these drivers is how SIMPLE they look at address. There is almost nothing on the crown except a little mark to show the center of the face.

The stock shaft is a Project X HZRDS which is a high quality shaft indeed. The shaft really is the powerhouse of the club and these come fit with a very strong engine.

What I've noticed the most about this club is how on toe hits, the ball actually goes AS FAR AS solid strikes which is perfect for someone like me who hits it toward the toe more often. 

The face has no fancy graphics on it. The crown is super simple and the sweet spot sends feedback up your arms, knowing you've hit it in the pantie.

Simple looking simple shooting

Looking down at this club is not distracting at all and the top of the crown makes it easy to line the ball up to the sweet spot and with minimal decal and lines on the face, it looks classic and not full of gimmicks. A real simple point and shoot. 

Pros
  • The beauty is in the simplicity of design and superb performance
  • Extremely large sweet spot where toe hits go almost as far as middle hits
  • Z785 has some adjustability for loft while the Z585 is super simple no adjusting
  • The crown has very little detail on it, it is very classic looking
Cons
  • Z585 model has no adjustability at all

Couple years old means you get great value on the best

The Epic Flash driver is one of the best Callaway have produced. The Jail Break technology in the crown and head makes it difficult to beat in terms of distance and sweet spot extension.

Callaway put a technology called Flash Face into the driver to help you get more ball speed off the face to gain more distance. In other words, they made a bigger sweet spot on the driver and in the center of the sweet spot, it's even bouncier.

The computers Callaway used cycled through different 15,000 face iterations, learning from each iteration to finally settle on the best option being the technology they call Flash Face.

Jailbreak bars inside the head near the face stiffen and stabilize the crown plus the sole, so when you hit the ball it places the impact load in the right places for more consistent and long ball flight.

Pros
  • Three shaft options HZRDUS, Tensei, Evenflow
  • Ball feels like it explodes off the face at impact 
  • Low spin rates and high ball speeds off the face for maximum distance
  • Jail break technology at budget price
  • Moveable weight and adjustable loft sleeve
Cons
  • Graphics are a turn off on the face
  • Sound is the same over good and bad strikes

You do not need the latest driver if you want to have a nice one. Didi on my channel has recently "upgraded" to this driver because it's 3 models old! 

He was using an RBZ driver prior to this and has seen a massive improvement in drives into the wind. The shape is much more penetrating and his big fade is reduced to a small fade. 

Pros
  • Grey top line on the crown for easy alignment
  • Long Taylormade face for more forgiveness on mis hits
  • Penetrating ball flight
  • There is hardly any difference in distance between this and newer models
Cons
  • Grey top line on the crown may turn you off
  • Sound is very dense instead of ping-y
  • Not adjustable

Why I don't suggest super budget driver

I do not recommend really cheap drivers because they stunt your enjoyment of the game whether you're a new player or been playing a while. If you're not playing something in the last 4,5 or 6 years, you're missing out on a lot of fun and a lot of enjoyment of the game.

How I know this, is that my sister took up golf only after she realized that she could finally afford decent equipment. When she was young, she couldn't have nice clubs and so she never got into golf because it was so difficult to play the cheaper, less effective clubs we could afford.

It changes your whole outlook on the game when you have a decent driver not just a junky one that is cheap. 

Conclusion

You can go for the ultra budget stuff, or you can settle for a new or even USED item from recent years. I would suggest a second hand driver to extract max value on the best budget golf drivers out there.

Best Golf Shoes for Diabetics – Save Your Feet

Diabetic golfers are at high risk of developing nerve damage as well as poor circulation in the feet. Impaired circulation causes wounds on the feet to heal slower, which increases the risk of infection. Nerve damage can cause numbness in the feet, which means you might not be able to feel heat, cold, or pain in your feet.

A golfer with diabetes and these complications might not notice that his shoes are rubbing or pinching his feet as well as not noticing when there are sharp objects inside the golf shoe such as stones or even a paperclip. That can wreak havoc on your feet over a 4 or 5 hour round.

Impaired circulation and the damage to nerves when combined make feet more susceptible to foot ulcers. Bad-fitting shoes increase that risk exponentially from friction and rubbing, but finding the best golf shoes for diabetics is easier than ever with the new styles released by the top golf shoe manufacturers.

Your feet will thank you and you'll be golfing for years to come.

Top Golf Shoe for Diabetes
Ecco Cage Pro Boa

The Ecco Men's Cage golf shoe has a strong heel to provide support without rubbing and provides a lot of padding around the throat of the shoe. The BOA system to tighten and loosen the shoe makes it easy to adjust to your feet and the toe box is made of very soft breathable material to keep you dry.


Best Golf Shoes for Diabetics


Characteristics of a good diabetic golf shoe

best golf shoes for diabetics

Toe box

This is where your toes and ball of your foot go. The shoe should be long enough so the toes don't hit the front and have enough space for toes to wiggle and wide enough to not pinch the balls of the feet. 

Breathable material is preferred to keep your feet dry - perforated leather is good while cloth can be better as long as you're not playing in wet conditions. Sweat will evaporate and keep you drier. A nice soft toe box that won't rub and irritate your foot is a good idea. 

A drier foot is less likely to develop an ulcer or wound as you walk around the course.

Tongue

The tongue should be wide enough with enough padding so that the laces don’t dig into the top of your foot. Some shoes tongues have slits in the middle so you can thread the laces to hold the tongue in place. This will prevent it sliding around as you walk for hours on the course.

Throat

This is the opening where you stick your foot into the shoe. The rim of the throat should be well padded and low enough so it doesn't rub your ankle bones where the skin is very thinly stretched making it more susceptible to friction injury.

Hell Counter

This is the area that cups your heel. A higher heel counter will provide more support and less rubbing as you walk. Shoes with a high heel counter have a notch for the Achilles tendon to avoid digging into it. 

Outsole

This part of the shoe usually made of carbon rubber that comes into direct contact with the ground, so it must be long-lasting and flexible.

What not to buy

Slip-on loafer style golf shoes are no good because there is very little of the shoe covering the top of the foot so they provide inadequate support. They're also often made of unpadded, rigid leather, which can be a source of friction.

Golf sandals are unsuitable because the straps cause friction.

Spikeless Golf Shoe Options

Stud pressure from golf shoes can cause pain especially in the balls of the feet. The new and increasingly popular spikeless golf shoe adds comfort to the walk and in my spikeless golf shoes, I can play 36 holes easily while traditional golf shoes with hard insole really hurt after 14 or 15 holes.

Lacing Options

Laces threaded through leather or fabric loops or punched-out holes have more give than through plastic or metal eyelets. We want some give so the shoe can morph to the shape of your foot as you walk out there on the course.

Round laces stretch more than flat laces which can be beneficial for those long walks that you spoil with golf shots. Rigid and inflexible laces can crate pressure on your skin.

A great solution by many manufacturers is to have a tightness adjuster on the tongue or heel of the golf shoe that you can turn like a wrench to tighten or loosen the shoes. They're convenient and make life very easy for a golfer with diabetes.


Best Golf Shoes for Diabetics Reviews


Total solution for diabetics

The Ecco Pro Cage BOA has everything you could want to protect your feet. It's encased with a 'cage' that supports your foot from heel to toe. The laces are easy to adjust by turning the little knob on the top of the tongue to give you an even fit that you can adjust to perfection to prevent rubbing especially on the top of your foot.

The throat is well padded with a high heel section but lower around the ankle. The spikeless design ensures none of that pesky stud pressure that can really hurt the balls of your feet at the end of the round. You do pay for the privilege though and these shoes, like all Ecco's are expensive.

Very breathable upper with GoreTex incorporated into the shoe keeps your feet free from outside water and dries them from the inside with breathable material. The best golf shoe for diabetics and with the soft insole it should be great out of the box, but you can also get yourself some orthotics to slip in for a more comfortable bottom.

Pros
  • Laceless BOA system - easy tighten and loosen instantly and evenly
  • Spikeless to distribute weight evenly
  • Soft insoles for comfort
  • Water resistant outside and breathable inside
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Not many colors available

Water proof legend

The Go Pro 2 from Skechers is used by everyone's favorite golfer and worst tipper, Matt Kuchar and it's easy to see why. Like their sneakers, Skechers has made a shoe that's very comfortable but also has a waterproof toe box to keep your feet nice and dry from outside water. 

The soft spikes are replaceable on the bottom of the shoes and provide excellent grip so you won't be slipping down slopes. Round laces mean that the shoes have more 'give' when you walk to flex with your foot and these laces thread through a slit in the tongue to keep that tongue in place, further helping to prevent rubbing.

Padding in the throat combined with the high and firm heel support mean the shoe stays put, keeping your heel and Achilles unhindered. 

Pros
  • Solid construction in the heel and sole 
  • Comfortable like a walking shoe
  • Round laces with tongue slit to hold tongue in place
  • Replaceable soft spikes
Cons
  • Not many perforations in the toe box

Lightweight and well priced with super breathability

Adidas have made a very lightweight and well priced golf shoe in the Tech Response. The large amount of breathable material on the shoe means your feet can breathe and stay dry from your sweat.

While the breathability and light weight is the upside, the downside is that the shoe will let moisture in from outside. For morning golfers, the dew might permeate in, but as the day dries up, the water will have an easy time evaporating, leaving you dry.

Round laces threaded through punched-out holes and through a slit in the tongue means your shoe will move with your foot instead of being rigid with a lot of foot friction. 

Another downside is less padding in the throat but still a sufficient amount to feel like a decent tennis shoe. The high heel support and low ankle height of the throat make it really easy to wear with sturdy support for the back of your foot.

Pros
  • Excellent breathability in the toe box
  • Lightweight construction
  • Rounded laces threaded through punched-out holes and slit in tongue
Cons
  • Not very suave looking
  • Best for drier climates - will allow moisture into the toe box

Diabetic pro Scott Verplank's choice

The Tour360 Boost is a more 'traditional' looking shoe and less like the comfy trainer types you see which are made for comfort and a casual look. 

But make no mistake, these are excellent shoes with unique features for adding flexibility and comfort. The area under the middle of the shoe provides for more flexibility between the ball of your foot and the heel for better arch support. Above that area, around the middle of the foot is a 360Wrap which, when tightened, provides extra support and fit to the middle of your foot.

The laces are flat and thread through eyelets but do thread through a slit in the tongue. The tongue will stay in place all round long. The eyelets may not be totally ideal, but with the extra tech under in the sole and the Wrap360 add that extra level of support.

Special foam in the soles give you extra bounce and support for those long walks. A very good looking shoe that keeps the water out and aids in dispersing the sweat on the inside. 

Pros
  • Great looking Tour style golf shoe
  • Wrap360 and dynamic control mid sole to support your arch
  • High support on the heel and low around the ankles
  • Replaceable soft spikes with super grip
Cons
  • Flat laces which can be replaced for rounded
  • Might need to order one size larger
  • Quite narrow so if your feet are wide, go for the .5 sizes

Best for walkers with wider feet

Ecco have become famous for their comfortable golf shoes and were the footwear of choice for the two most chill PGA Tour pros, Ernie Els and Freddy Couples. The Biom model is the one you see them wearing as they glide the fairways of the Tour.

With yak leather uppers, the Danish shoes are made to last and are breathable as well as water-resistant. The rounded laces thread nicely through a tongue slit for a stable fit and the throat is padded for comfort. You can imagine Ernie and Freddy wearing these to bed even.

The spikeless shoes are comfortable for walking and with the reputation of Ecco, you can trust these will be comfortable right out the box and last you a very long time. The spikeless bottom is durable and there's no need to worry about the mini studs wearing out any time soon.

Pros
  • Top quality yak leather uppers
  • Great for wider feet
  • Not as 'stiff' as other normal golf shoes
  • Ernie, Freddy and GMac's choice of footwear
Cons
  • Expensive but superior quality

Best for those who want an all round soft shoe

Improved traction pattern on the spikeless shoe means that the weight is distributed evenly without leaving any stud or spike pressure. 

The foam in this shoe is immensely soft and really comfortable. You won't want to wear this one in wet climates though as soggy ground will make it a very tough walk and the water will come in through the mesh.

For firm and warm conditions, even cool conditions on firm ground will make this the type of shoe that lets you walk two 18 hole rounds. They are very very comfortable and provide very little harsh friction on the foot when walking. If you're a cart rider, this will be super comfortable.

Pros
  • Spikeless and comfortable
  • Very good for the lighter player who wants soft shoes
  • Not a lot of friction with a nice tight fit
Cons
  • Heavier players should avoid as can be slippery 

Conclusion

You can buy a pair of shoes, send them back if they're the wrong size and get your perfect fit. Once you find that pair of shoes that keeps your feet feeling fresh all round long, you'll wonder why you didn't do it earlier. Imagine sitting int he clubhouse with no pain under your feet and ready to play another 18 holes. Those beaten up old 'classic', 'traditional' golf shoes aren't doing you any favors. Try a pair of Eccos and you might end up using Ecco for every shoe in your closet.

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