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Practicing in your running shoes can hurt your game more than you think. There is a lot more to golf shoes than meet the eye. Here are a few things to think about before you head to the range or go out and buy your next pair.

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Shawn Clement is the Director of the Richmond Hill Golf Learning Centre and a class A PGA teaching professional. Shawn Clement was a 2011 and 2015 Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year nominee and was also voted in the top 10 (tied with Martin Hall at No. 9) as most sought after teacher on the internet with 65 K subscribers on YouTube and 29 millions hits.

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  1. david

    Dec 16, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Well sorry to hear about your injury but my experience is 180 degrees off. I often practice in bare feet, Sam Snead style, and work on swinging within myself and swinging in balance, and it helps my golf game. I’ve had my best rounds playing in cheap running shoes focusing on balanced swings, and my shotmaking was excellent.

  2. Derek

    Dec 8, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Good in theory, but according to Footjoy their shoes have the same heel to toe drop as the Nike trainers in the video … So negating one of his points.

  3. Iain

    Dec 8, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I am proof to the fact that not practising in your golf shoes not only hurts your game but can cause serious injury. 5 years ago I was practising on some mats at my local range and slipped hitting a shot because the mats were wet, this resulted me tearing my calf muscle and sidelining me for 6 months. I still cannot play a round of golf without some sort of pain. Guess what every-time I practice my golf shoes are on. A big like for the post from me.

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