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#31 ImChrisBosh

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 07:44 PM

When I was younger I used to see Kevin Na hitting barefoot at my local range and was so confused... but I guess you can't argue with the results hah


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 09:12 AM

View PostShankapod, on 28 September 2017 - 03:53 PM, said:

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

Primarily it seems being different on the golf course may be the motivation. Practice is irrelevant since you are talking about playing barefoot.
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Posted 07 October 2017 - 09:36 AM

love the idea of it, but practically, it sounds like a terrible idea for all the reasons already mentioned.

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 12:24 PM

View PostHawkeye77, on 07 October 2017 - 09:12 AM, said:

View PostShankapod, on 28 September 2017 - 03:53 PM, said:

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

Primarily it seems being different on the golf course may be the motivation. Practice is irrelevant since you are talking about playing barefoot.

I am glad we have another person on the internet can tell what is in our minds!

When I play by myself, I often am hitting multiple balls from multiple spots to try different shots and to improve. I call that practicing. Thanks for your .02

Edited by Shankapod, 07 October 2017 - 12:25 PM.


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 02:11 PM

View PostShankapod, on 07 October 2017 - 12:24 PM, said:

View PostHawkeye77, on 07 October 2017 - 09:12 AM, said:

View PostShankapod, on 28 September 2017 - 03:53 PM, said:

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

Primarily it seems being different on the golf course may be the motivation. Practice is irrelevant since you are talking about playing barefoot.

I am glad we have another person on the internet can tell what is in our minds!

When I play by myself, I often am hitting multiple balls from multiple spots to try different shots and to improve. I call that practicing. Thanks for your .02

Which you only now have distinguished - get some shoes.

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 06:40 PM

I think it's fine for practicing if you feel like it helps. Another guy mentioned the vibram 5 finger/ minimalist shoes too; those would be good for playing in. I feel like you'd still want some traction/protection for walking around a full course (or riding). It wouldn't bother me at all if you played like that as far as breaking some dress code or something. Def be scratching my head though.

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 10:15 PM

When my buddy got blisters and took his new shoes off mid-tourney, we called it "Quest for Fire Golf".

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 03:03 PM

View PostShankapod, on 28 September 2017 - 03:53 PM, said:

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

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 03:08 PM

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

No playing benefit at all.
Not according to Sam Snead, who often practiced barefoot.
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Posted 17 October 2017 - 05:29 PM

I played like 6 holes barefoot one time in Ohio.  My buddy lives on a course and it was getting late (11 pm or so) and we decided to go out with some glow in the dark/light up golf balls, a PW and a putter to hit some balls.  Ended up playing from the women's tees and put some money down on the 6 hole stretch.  I didn't want to muck up the expensive dress shoes I wearing (they are natural leather and without a dye finish so they stain pretty easy).  I played barefoot. Somehow managed playing the 6 holes with only a PW and putter in +3 (only 2 of those 6 were par 3's and one was a par 5).

I loved playing barefoot though.  Had to watch my step obviously but it was fun.  Felt free.

The next day I woke up and my right foot was totally messed up lol.  I must have strained something in it.  Never did that again.

I played The Ocean Course on Saturday and as I was eating lunch on the patio at The Ryder Cup Bar, a guy came up 18 playing barefoot.  My dad kind of scoffed.  I laughed.  He then stuck his approach on 18 and made a 3 lol.

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#41 Shankapod

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 06:55 PM

View PostJwowzer, on 17 October 2017 - 03:03 PM, said:

View PostShankapod, on 28 September 2017 - 03:53 PM, said:

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

Don't tell me that you use one of those electric lawnmowers too...

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 10:10 PM

I do it quite often. Kick off the birkenstocks and hit the ball around. I donít do it if I am gambling bc I donít want to slip, but my scores donít change at all.

I canít confirm stepping in geriatric urine, nor do I eat with my feet so the pesticide doesnít matter.

Like others, I played barefoot more often than not growing up. Heck, if itís good enough for Sam Snead itís probably too good for me.

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 10:40 PM

View Postnbg352, on 17 October 2017 - 03:08 PM, said:

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

No playing benefit at all.
Not according to Sam Snead, who often practiced barefoot.
Big difference between practicing at the range and walking 18 holes on a course.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 01:26 AM

Another vote for Vibram five finger shoes. I own a set and these shoes are a bit weird but fantastic.

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:24 AM

Honestly, if the weather permits and you don’t mind losing a couple yards, I would definitely recommend.


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 05:13 PM

Just found this shoe on Seamus Golf. The "Feel Player."

https://www.seamusgo...cts/feel-player
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Posted 21 October 2017 - 07:57 PM

View Postthevaporz, on 21 October 2017 - 05:13 PM, said:

Just found this shoe on Seamus Golf. The "Feel Player."

https://www.seamusgo...cts/feel-player
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Awesome concept! Sold out in every size; which is strange they can be "sold out" because it says 8-10 week ship time as every single pair is made to order. Peculiar something without inventory can be "sold out" - I suppose the raw material they make it with can be gone...

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 08:38 PM

View PostShankapod, on 21 October 2017 - 07:57 PM, said:

View Postthevaporz, on 21 October 2017 - 05:13 PM, said:

Just found this shoe on Seamus Golf. The "Feel Player."

https://www.seamusgo...cts/feel-player
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Awesome concept! Sold out in every size; which is strange they can be "sold out" because it says 8-10 week ship time as every single pair is made to order. Peculiar something without inventory can be "sold out" - I suppose the raw material they make it with can be gone...

I see a lot of guys practicing on the range / greens bare foot or in socks only. I can't seem to get down with it and have even tried playing in my vibrams (toe shoes) and it sucked because on the tee box, you can feel every little divot / bump if the boxes suck.

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 08:32 PM

View PostStanks, on 21 October 2017 - 08:38 PM, said:

PS: On a totally unrelated side note, that is a sick avatar pic. Been playing ball for 20 years and think I'm about to hang up my tournament gear but, I don't think I'll ever be able to really quite. Paintball is still > Golf but, I'm playing the latter a lot more it seems.

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 12:51 AM

I prefer to play barefoot. I don't do it as much as I did in college but if it's a casual round on a nice day I'll still take my shoes off. I've found that my stance and swing are quite stable and I assume that it stems from always playing barefoot growing up.


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 01:11 AM

A ton of pestices etc on the course. A guy I played with who was an avid cigar smoker put his cigar down on a tee box that has a chemical flag...20 minutes he was pale super sick and white as a ghost. Me personally I played a few holes in flip flops and that was enough for me to develop some kind of reaction/ rash that blistered and wasn't completely gone fore months! Crazy

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 01:42 AM

Or you could wear flip flops or sliders to walk with and kick them off to hit your ball barefooted

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 02:38 AM

I enjoy golfing barefoot.  As far as pesticides etc.. really, most guys clean the golf ball with their hands at some point.

I donít put my feet in my mouth,

Ive done it for years and it hasnít killed me yet..

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 07:42 PM

Wear your shoes and move on

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 04:14 PM

I use to love playing barefoot. Best grass I get to walk on is on the golf course. I also ran the sprayer at the course and knew when and when not to do it. As far as chemicals and fertilizers running off in to the ponds, application timing was wrong, or too much product was used. Either way, the highly diluted pond water never seemed to get through my feet while I was playing or syringing greens. My only reason to not play barefoot is broke tees.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 07:21 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.
You ever wear shoes out and about in public in your  daily life? Have you ever come home and walked in the house without kicking them off? If so, your point is invalid.

I've never played or even hit balls barefoot, because I've honestly just never thought about it, but certainly not because I'm scared of the grass, lol. I walk around barefoot quite a lot, yard, house, around the block, etc. As someone else said, I dont eat with my feet, and I done suck on my toes, so I'm not overly concerned about that kind of thing. I do shower and wash my feet a couple of times each day though, maybe you could try that?

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 09:04 PM

View Postbigred90gt, on 10 November 2017 - 07:21 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.
You ever wear shoes out and about in public in your  daily life? Have you ever come home and walked in the house without kicking them off? If so, your point is invalid.

I've never played or even hit balls barefoot, because I've honestly just never thought about it, but certainly not because I'm scared of the grass, lol. I walk around barefoot quite a lot, yard, house, around the block, etc. As someone else said, I dont eat with my feet, and I done suck on my toes, so I'm not overly concerned about that kind of thing. I do shower and wash my feet a couple of times each day though, maybe you could try that?

Your feet are porous. Skin has pores. Spend 4 hours walking on fertilizer (feces), goose poop (feces), herbicide (poison), and pesticide (poison), and you are absorbing all of that into your bloodstream. This is not to mention old guy urine and animal urine.

Will it kill you today via cancer? No. Not much will. Over time? 100%.

In the short run itís just gross. In the long run itís fatal.

Itís your life. Iím not going to tell you how to spend it. Fill up your water bottle in the reclaimed water ponds. Take a swim in the ponds when itís hot. Walk a menís room with your shoes off at half time of a football game.

Using your yardís grass at home is an invalid comparison. For my grass I donít use pesticides. I donít use herbicides. I use tap water. Not reclaimed water, and I donít have any geriatrics using my lawn as a toilet.

My daughter and I took my Trotter to the course last week. Just driving it down the fairways it picked up so much goose crap on the tire it wasnít fun trying to clean it off with a stick just to be able to put it in the trunk to leave. I asked her, ďHowíd you like to be cleaning that s*** off the bottom of your feet and from in between your toes?Ē

She was disgusted and vowed to never walk a course without shoes. Ever.

Do what youíd like. Itís a free country. But myself, I try to keep my bare skin out of the toilet water after use.

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 02:13 AM

View PostAugster, on 10 November 2017 - 09:04 PM, said:

View Postbigred90gt, on 10 November 2017 - 07:21 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.
You ever wear shoes out and about in public in your  daily life? Have you ever come home and walked in the house without kicking them off? If so, your point is invalid.

I've never played or even hit balls barefoot, because I've honestly just never thought about it, but certainly not because I'm scared of the grass, lol. I walk around barefoot quite a lot, yard, house, around the block, etc. As someone else said, I dont eat with my feet, and I done suck on my toes, so I'm not overly concerned about that kind of thing. I do shower and wash my feet a couple of times each day though, maybe you could try that?

Your feet are porous. Skin has pores. Spend 4 hours walking on fertilizer (feces), goose poop (feces), herbicide (poison), and pesticide (poison), and you are absorbing all of that into your bloodstream. This is not to mention old guy urine and animal urine.

Will it kill you today via cancer? No. Not much will. Over time? 100%.

In the short run it's just gross. In the long run it's fatal.

It's your life. I'm not going to tell you how to spend it. Fill up your water bottle in the reclaimed water ponds. Take a swim in the ponds when it's hot. Walk a men's room with your shoes off at half time of a football game.

Using your yard's grass at home is an invalid comparison. For my grass I don't use pesticides. I don't use herbicides. I use tap water. Not reclaimed water, and I don't have any geriatrics using my lawn as a toilet.

My daughter and I took my Trotter to the course last week. Just driving it down the fairways it picked up so much goose crap on the tire it wasn't fun trying to clean it off with a stick just to be able to put it in the trunk to leave. I asked her, "How'd you like to be cleaning that s*** off the bottom of your feet and from in between your toes?"

She was disgusted and vowed to never walk a course without shoes. Ever.

Do what you'd like. It's a free country. But myself, I try to keep my bare skin out of the toilet water after use.

We dont have a goose problem down here. In fact, I cant ever recall seeing a single goose on a golf course here. The occasional duck in a pond, but that's about it.

My point was about your shoes. All of the stuff you talk about gets picked up on your shoes, and if you walk into your house, it gets deposited on your floor. Ever use a public restroom? Walk in a public place, then go into your home without taking your shoes off? At some point walk around your house barefooted? Still missing what I was saying?

As for this:
Will it kill you today via cancer? No. Not much will. Over time? 100%.

Are you seriously suggesting that walking on a golf course barefooted is 100% going to kill you via cancer??? You lost any credibility with that statement. Continue to live in your bubble, us sane folks will worry about things that are actually dangerous. How often do you think your golf course sprays herbicides and pesticides?

And I wont even touch a door handle in a public restroom of any kind (much less a football stadium) with my bare hands. I'm certainly not walking into one barefooted.

As for the urine on the ground, unless you step in a fresh wet puddle, it's just not there anymore. Grass on a golf course is cut daily, and below the grass is dirt, which any liquids will soak down through. Come on man, you seem to believe yourself to be some kind of expert, claiming walking barefoot on a golf course is a 100% sure fire way to die of cancer, and you dont understand what happens to liquids when you pour them onto the ground? There's a lot of bad and dangerous things in this world to worry about, but walking around on the grass barefoot just isnt one of them.

Edited by bigred90gt, 11 November 2017 - 02:21 AM.


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 08:39 AM

I donít see an advantage to playing barefoot. Assuming there is no issue with chemicals what courses actually let you show up barefoot and then tee off. Do you go in the clubhouse? Youíre on a golf course - not the beach. To me itís more an issue of traction and lack of arch support after a 5 mile walk. Do you play barefoot in the early morning dew (very slick conditions) or colder weather? How about when you have to go into the woods to play a shot (who knows what you may step on).

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 03:04 PM

View Postcristphoto, on 11 November 2017 - 08:39 AM, said:

I don't see an advantage to playing barefoot. Assuming there is no issue with chemicals what courses actually let you show up barefoot and then tee off. Do you go in the clubhouse? You're on a golf course - not the beach. To me it's more an issue of traction and lack of arch support after a 5 mile walk. Do you play barefoot in the early morning dew (very slick conditions) or colder weather? How about when you have to go into the woods to play a shot (who knows what you may step on).

Ya, I think most people here claiming I'll grow a second head if I walk barefoot probably dont fill out their own head well, but your point about the clubhouse and the woods is valid. Only two things....

I dont go into the clubhouse after the round, and I keep it in the short grass so I am not worried about the woods ;)

Edited by Shankapod, 11 November 2017 - 03:05 PM.


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