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

Review by Dr. Leighton Peavler

SQAIRZ Golf Footwear Review by Dr. Leighton Peavler, PT, DPT, OCS Physical Therapist, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.

“Initial out of box impression — high quality material, solid feeling, durable golf shoe. They look really good.

Initial feeling — Stability meets comfort — there is lots of room in the toe area, I have wide feet and these feel really comfortable. Added perk … the laces have rubber on them that creates a secure feeling when lacing them up. This is important for ground reaction forces and vertical force production; thus increasing club head speed.

Performance Putting: I tend to play with an open stance throughout the bag, so I wasn’t necessarily using the squared toe for putting; however I experimented with various alignment aids and could see where a technical player could really like the visual feedback of a squared stance.Performance Walking: I have been dealing with a right achilles injury for a few weeks secondary to increasing my running volume during COVID-19 lockdown. I was a little worried about walking in a new golf shoe, but didn’t feel any achilles pain during the round. I actually think the heel to toe profile in this shoe helped my achilles feel better.

Performance Driver: I’ve done previous tests comparing club/ball speed with barefoot versus spineless, versus spiked golf shoes. In other spiked golf shoes speed is around 114 (club) and 171 (ball) MPH. My ball speed over 10 drivers was a little better with SQAIRZ golf. I did see 1 number hit 120 mph with ball speed nearing 181 mph.

From a physical therapy standpoint, this shoe is a nice marriage of stability and comfort. I’ve found that firmer golf shoes were tougher to walk in and reserved for riding days. These are definitely on the firm spectrum but incredibly comfortable for walking and provide the stability needed to produce proper ground reaction forces and thus optimal ball speeds.

Final thoughts: If you are looking for a shoe that gives the best of comfort and stability, this is your shoe. I do believe that clients of mine who suffer from ankle/foot problems will benefit from the profile of this shoe (plenty of room, plenty of support, increased heel to toe drop compared to other golf shoes which could reduce stress). Overall, I can confidently recommend SQAIRZ golf shoes.”