This site has limited support for your browser. We recommend switching to Edge, Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.

Do shoes matter when it comes to creating speed and ground force? READ THE STUDY

LAST CALL CLEARANCE! Select 2023 styles as low as $99

Want to shave strokes off your game? Start by looking down.

Want to shave strokes off your game? Start by looking down.

We’ve all done it. Spent weeks on our grip and thousands on new clubs, chasing a better connection with the ball. Which makes sense—connecting with the ball is how we drive distance. But there’s a crucial—and often overlooked—second connection in golf. And if you’re not paying attention to it, you’re giving up power and distance without even knowing it.

That second crucial connection in golf is between your feet and the ground. Simple as it seems, the majority of your power in a swing comes not from your club, but from something called ground reaction force.

Ground reaction force—sometimes called ground force connection—sounds complicated, but it’s actually simple. As your body progresses through the backswing and then the downswing, you are unleashing a powerful kinetic chain of activity. You will have felt your feet and legs drive forcefully into the ground, but what you may not have known is that if your feet have adequate support and stability, the ground will actually return that energy back up through your body, where it passes through your legs, torso, arms—and then ultimately to the club face. This is ground reaction force, and if you can harness it, you will see immediate gains in your game.

To maximize ground reaction force, you need to maximize support and stability through your footwear. Throughout golf’s history, shoes have often been seen as an accessory. But in recent years, clinical exercise physiologists like Phil Stotter, Director of Sports Science at V1 Sports, have been doing ground-breaking research that has shown just how powerful the right shoe can be—because shoes help create stability and balance. According to Stotter, “maintaining your balance is often the difference between consistency, club velocity, distance or lack of it. If you are able to maintain good balance, you will have a better chance of being able to make an efficient swing where you can transfer energy more efficiently throughout your body’s different segments. That will help you to generate more speed and more distance.

When you’re purchasing shoes, look for not just for comfort and style, but also insist on shoes that deliver stability and structure. While a flexible sole sounds appealing, that flex will allow your foot to roll, meaning that some of the force you are looking to harness effectively leaks out, rather than transferring back up the legs. For peak stability, your heel should be properly wrapped by the heel cup, and laces should ensure a snug fit.

So the next time you’re feeling frustrated with your game, look not at your club, but at your feet. Or as Phil Stotter says, “the bottom line is that without good balance, golfers are relying on compensations from coordination and a little bit of luck. So the question is, do you feel lucky or are you going to do something to improve your odds?

most stable shoe in golf
most stable shoe in golf

← Older Post Newer Post →


  • James Yurick on

    Bought mine recently and can’t say enough about theses shoes (Sqairz Speed) I was a FJ guy but know Sqairz is my company!!!

  • Kevin J Sullivan on

    I just purchased my third pair of Sqairz golf shoes, and there is certainly something going on with my game as a result. I am 69 almost 70, and my handicap has gone from 11 to a 7.2 currently and I had it to a 6 during the year. The only thing I have changed is my shoes. I am a believer. And in a bit of trivia, I watched Nick Faldo win the 1987 Open Championship at Muirfield and then worked the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla when Sir Nick was captain. I also would love to play Nick’s course near the Northern Ireland/Irish Republic border, because it rained the day I was there in 2019.

  • Howie Mullins on

    Why do you not have but a couple styles in your shoes. I’m not sold on the colors either. Just saying !!!

  • David hudick on

    I am playing in the World Amateur Tornament in Myrtle Beach the end of August how about some swag to advertise your great products.Been a fan and have worn your shoes for awhile.

  • Kathleen Hicks on

    I bought your all leather shoe and don’t mind the stiffness of the shoe as it grounds me better! I was a little sceptical as I have very narrow feet but it was no problem with the roomier shoe and I have since purchased the new concept , softer shoe which have not arrived yet and as I am having a Hip Replacement in September I won’t be playing for 6 weeks after that but can look forward to trying them!

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published