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#1 Shankapod

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 06:28 PM

I hope this isn't as polarizing as music on the course...

Anyone enjoy golfing barefoot? 10+ years ago in high school I did, but that was mostly because 1) I thought it was cool and 2) I couldn't afford golf shoes and my sneakers slipped.

Today, I hit at the range barefoot. I was striking the ball excellently. Sometimes just a small change and flip something in your mind and it can very positively effect the game, and I think that happened to me.

What do you guys think about it? Poor taste, or to each his/her own?


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 06:31 PM

i wouldn't suggest it based on witnessing a golfer get a plastic tee stabbed in the bottom of his foot on a tee box.

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 06:34 PM

View Postgioguy21, on 26 September 2017 - 06:31 PM, said:

i wouldn't suggest it based on witnessing a golfer get a plastic tee stabbed in the bottom of his foot on a tee box.

Hah! Ya that's a concern, along with whatever else they're spraying everywhere to kill weeds, grow grass, etc

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 06:35 PM

View PostShankapod, on 26 September 2017 - 06:34 PM, said:

View Postgioguy21, on 26 September 2017 - 06:31 PM, said:

i wouldn't suggest it based on witnessing a golfer get a plastic tee stabbed in the bottom of his foot on a tee box.

Hah! Ya that's a concern, along with whatever else they're spraying everywhere to kill weeds, grow grass, etc
there are so many spikes out there that are made to mimic going barefoot or low profile spikes. i didn't even think of the pesticide portion of it lol

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:03 PM

Enjoyable if you can't hit it straight and not have to wander off the majestic fairway.


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:45 PM

This is one of the most disgusting things I've read in a while.

All the water used on most, if not all, courses are reclaimed water. There are multiple signs at each water hazard saying no swimming and no drinking. Why? All the herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizer run off into the hazards.

Walking barefoot on a course is like soaking your feet in a water hazard for 4 hours. There are a lot better ways to get cancer.

Not to mention walking through all the human urine. There's a LOT of old guys that play golf, and not even close to all of them go deep into the woods to take their 6th piss on the front 9. I see a few guys every week just jump out their cart and piss in the fairway next to the cart.

The ground is disgusting already, so a little urine isn't going to make much difference. Then again, I play with shoes on.

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 04:50 PM

View PostAugster, on 26 September 2017 - 08:45 PM, said:

This is one of the most disgusting things I've read in a while.

All the water used on most, if not all, courses are reclaimed water. There are multiple signs at each water hazard saying no swimming and no drinking. Why? All the herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizer run off into the hazards.

Walking barefoot on a course is like soaking your feet in a water hazard for 4 hours. There are a lot better ways to get cancer.

Not to mention walking through all the human urine. There's a LOT of old guys that play golf, and not even close to all of them go deep into the woods to take their 6th piss on the front 9. I see a few guys every week just jump out their cart and piss in the fairway next to the cart.

The ground is disgusting already, so a little urine isn't going to make much difference. Then again, I play with shoes on.

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 05:05 PM

View PostAugster, on 26 September 2017 - 08:45 PM, said:

This is one of the most disgusting things I've read in a while.

All the water used on most, if not all, courses are reclaimed water. There are multiple signs at each water hazard saying no swimming and no drinking. Why? All the herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizer run off into the hazards.

Walking barefoot on a course is like soaking your feet in a water hazard for 4 hours. There are a lot better ways to get cancer.

Not to mention walking through all the human urine. There's a LOT of old guys that play golf, and not even close to all of them go deep into the woods to take their 6th piss on the front 9. I see a few guys every week just jump out their cart and piss in the fairway next to the cart.

The ground is disgusting already, so a little urine isn't going to make much difference. Then again, I play with shoes on.

This is the exact type of mentality that leads to every kid having a peanut allergy.
I'm kidding, mostly. :rofl:

I did it for a while when I was younger to keep me from overswinging.
I don't any more mainly due to the reasons you listed.
Never fun to be walking in between holes and find a random wet spot when it hasn't rained in days.
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Posted 27 September 2017 - 05:24 PM

GD, I'm gonna have to stop eating off the grass at the turn....

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 10:54 PM

View Postrcb1586, on 27 September 2017 - 05:05 PM, said:

View PostAugster, on 26 September 2017 - 08:45 PM, said:

This is one of the most disgusting things I've read in a while.

All the water used on most, if not all, courses are reclaimed water. There are multiple signs at each water hazard saying no swimming and no drinking. Why? All the herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizer run off into the hazards.

Walking barefoot on a course is like soaking your feet in a water hazard for 4 hours. There are a lot better ways to get cancer.

Not to mention walking through all the human urine. There's a LOT of old guys that play golf, and not even close to all of them go deep into the woods to take their 6th piss on the front 9. I see a few guys every week just jump out their cart and piss in the fairway next to the cart.

The ground is disgusting already, so a little urine isn't going to make much difference. Then again, I play with shoes on.

This is the exact type of mentality that leads to every kid having a peanut allergy.
I'm kidding, mostly. :rofl:

I did it for a while when I was younger to keep me from overswinging.
I don't any more mainly due to the reasons you listed.
Never fun to be walking in between holes and find a random wet spot when it hasn't rained in days.

Alright, as long as I am not the only one. I mean I have heard and seen it taught many times at the driving range to help with tempo and balance, but this guy is making me want to crawl in a hole for even suggesting it! hahaha


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 11:05 PM

May be a little off topic, and he is my favorite golfer. I remember Freddie not wearing socks with ECCO's in I believe the Masters that Angel Cabrera won...I'm just not a foot person...
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Posted 27 September 2017 - 11:26 PM

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 06:06 AM

View PostShankapod, on 27 September 2017 - 10:54 PM, said:

View Postrcb1586, on 27 September 2017 - 05:05 PM, said:

View PostAugster, on 26 September 2017 - 08:45 PM, said:

This is one of the most disgusting things I've read in a while.

All the water used on most, if not all, courses are reclaimed water. There are multiple signs at each water hazard saying no swimming and no drinking. Why? All the herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizer run off into the hazards.

Walking barefoot on a course is like soaking your feet in a water hazard for 4 hours. There are a lot better ways to get cancer.

Not to mention walking through all the human urine. There's a LOT of old guys that play golf, and not even close to all of them go deep into the woods to take their 6th piss on the front 9. I see a few guys every week just jump out their cart and piss in the fairway next to the cart.

The ground is disgusting already, so a little urine isn't going to make much difference. Then again, I play with shoes on.

This is the exact type of mentality that leads to every kid having a peanut allergy.
I'm kidding, mostly. :rofl:

I did it for a while when I was younger to keep me from overswinging.
I don't any more mainly due to the reasons you listed.
Never fun to be walking in between holes and find a random wet spot when it hasn't rained in days.

Alright, as long as I am not the only one. I mean I have heard and seen it taught many times at the driving range to help with tempo and balance, but this guy is making me want to crawl in a hole for even suggesting it! hahaha
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Posted 28 September 2017 - 07:00 AM

View Postgioguy21, on 26 September 2017 - 06:31 PM, said:

i wouldn't suggest it based on witnessing a golfer get a plastic tee stabbed in the bottom of his foot on a tee box.

I've had a tee go through the sole of my Footjoy Casual and into my foot.

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 09:51 AM

Why bother? Most courses would frown on it/not allow it, and the pros seem to have been able to get their games to respectable levels wearing shoes... So what's the point?


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 03:53 PM

View PostKMeloney, on 28 September 2017 - 09:51 AM, said:

Why bother? Most courses would frown on it/not allow it, and the pros seem to have been able to get their games to respectable levels wearing shoes... So what's the point?

When I have done it, I was always carting the course. Never walking 18.

When I have done it, it was for 2 reasons:

1) Enjoyment. I know I am different than most, but I dont wear shoes unless there is a social condition (Like being at work...) or temperature requires it. I mow my lawn barefoot, walk around the house/walk the dog barefoot, play with my kids barefoot etc. Not many things feel better than nice grass between the toes. Man piss is a different thing, but again, I am not walking 18 holes so it isn't as possible I am getting THAT nasty....

2) Primarily - it is a legitimately taught tool. Helps with tempo/swing and balance. I have done it because I was told to do it by a teaching professional

Edited by Shankapod, 28 September 2017 - 03:53 PM.


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 07:10 PM

Funny stuff. I told my 13 year old daughter about this as we were driving by my course after school and asked if she wanted to go run barefoot out on the course.

First thing she said, besides "No", was "With all that goose crap out there?" I had forgotten that there is goose crap everywhere this time of year. She was pretty grossed out at the suggestion.

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 08:40 PM

I need to do it to even out my tan line.

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 09:03 PM

I have never seen anyone doing it on the course but I have seen it quite often at the range.  Then again in San Diego, people are always in flip flops at the range as well and if I had to choose between flip flops and barefoot, barefoot would be the way to go.

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 09:53 PM

No playing benefit at all.


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Posted 29 September 2017 - 12:22 AM

View Postcristphoto, on 28 September 2017 - 09:53 PM, said:

No playing benefit at all.

http://video.golfdig...elps-your-swing

Again, not so much "playing benefit" as it is practice benefit

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 05:31 PM

I've practiced bare foot (for reasons mentioned above; tempo, over-swing, etc.), but won't play without shoes.  On the course, I feel like I am able to gain a consistent 10 yards of distance versus playing bare foot, or even in flip flops.  The additional stability just increases my confidence so much more.

I also recall when I first began playing (4 years ago), I was asked to play with another group of 3, and one of the players said on the first tee, "I can't play with SHOES ON.  I can't hit the ball well at all."  Then he proceeded to hosel-rocket his first shot OB, and skulled his re-tee 4 feet.

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 09:44 AM

I used to do this at my old course throughout the summer evenings. I was the only one out there so I played in the most relaxed attire I could. There's no advantage but walking a quick 9 barefoot is enjoyable for sure
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Posted 04 October 2017 - 11:47 AM

We have cactus, rocks, and random poky things in our rough.  Add in the green chemicals, nope, no way.  Although, I know a guy who used to clean his ball by popping it into his mouth.  Truly disgusting.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 09:09 AM

When I lived in Dallas I did it often, started first to control my tempo, then I kept doing it to get rid of my tan line, and then found I enjoyed being barefoot again like a kid. Ive only done it once in the past few years now that Im in Cincinnati, soggy courses. Oh and it was great conversation starter with the cart girls. Do what you want and enjoy your round out there, dont worry about all the uptight people and what they think.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 09:24 AM

Slammin' Sammy Snead did it as a kid. I think that had a lot to do with the tempo and balance he developed. And, I could get into the discussion about "the best swing ever" but that is already in another thread, so, I'll leave that for now.

But, a story, boys and girls---

A few years ago, I was helping a friend out with his business (not golf related) and I had to go Virginia Beach for a week's worth of seminars. On Friday, one of the other attendees signaled me to meet him out in the hall, and when I met him there, he said he and his buddy were going to play 18, and did I want to join him??? I said sure, but that I didn't have my clubs,,etc. He said no problem, they have clubs to rent at this course.

It was a fair to middlin' public course, but the only rental set they had available was a ladies set. And, the only shoes I had were some leather soled loafers. So...this guy was a high-roller, and he suggested a game. Of course, having to play with women's clubs, I negotiated the bet to give me a little room...and, off we went

After the first tee, I took off those slick soled shoes and played barefoot (I had done it many times when I was much younger). Got to the 7th hole, a par 3 about 155 yards, and as I was on the tee, the ranger pulled up in his cart. Saw me barefoot, and said you need to have shoes on to play. Explained my situation to him, but he wasn't too sympathetic, so I asked him: "If I hit it inside 15', can I play the rest of my round barefoot?"

He gave this a little thought and said "sure" (active brag alert)  -  so, I soft stroked this ladies 6 iron to about 10'. The ranger just shook his head and said "just put your shoes on when you get to the 9th green and 10th tee and drove off.

For the record, I took my new friend for a couple bucks (and don't you think he wasn't fuming, getting beat by someone using women's clubs). It was all good, as I bought all the drinks, and with the amount of $$$ I won, there were many drinks.

ah....the good old days...........and, there wasn't goose gunk or duck dack anywhere on the course, either

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:14 AM

I've worn flip-flops on the range to limit to over swinging, but I have injured myself slipping while wearing shoes, not about to try playing without.

As for the herbicide/urine/whatever - many of the guys I play with smoke cigars and or cigarettes (myself included) and often see guys put their smoke down on the tee (I usually put a could of plastic tees down under mine - usually).

Maybe the thought that smoking is going to kill us anyway so whats a little added herbicide/urine/whatever

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 11:46 AM

View PostBishopBreaking80, on 29 September 2017 - 05:31 PM, said:

I've practiced bare foot (for reasons mentioned above; tempo, over-swing, etc.), but won't play without shoes.  On the course, I feel like I am able to gain a consistent 10 yards of distance versus playing bare foot, or even in flip flops.  The additional stability just increases my confidence so much more.

I also recall when I first began playing (4 years ago), I was asked to play with another group of 3, and one of the players said on the first tee, "I can't play with SHOES ON.  I can't hit the ball well at all."  Then he proceeded to hosel-rocket his first shot OB, and skulled his re-tee 4 feet.

-Bishop

I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard a golfer say "I can't..." followed by some ridiculous premise or technique that was followed by the same results you mentioned. Golfers are an odd bunch.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 11:47 AM

View Postrcain1us, on 06 October 2017 - 10:14 AM, said:

I've worn flip-flops on the range to limit to over swinging, but I have injured myself slipping while wearing shoes, not about to try playing without.

As for the herbicide/urine/whatever - many of the guys I play with smoke cigars and or cigarettes (myself included) and often see guys put their smoke down on the tee (I usually put a could of plastic tees down under mine - usually).

Maybe the thought that smoking is going to kill us anyway so whats a little added herbicide/urine/whatever

Plenty of people put tees in their mouths too. Really disgusting after it's been on the turf. Throw in licking your fingers to clean off the ball.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 04:24 PM

Sometimes when I'm practicing around the yard I am barefoot but on the course no way.


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