Here are 2017's Best Golf Shoes: Reviewed and Tested

Here are 2017’s Best Golf Shoes: Reviewed and Tested

Golf Shoe

When talking about golf equipment, we often focus on clubs, balls or even clothes while forgetting the importance of golf shoes.

Yet, a good pair of golf shoes is important to provide a good foundation for your swing.

Golf involves a lot of walking, and we can encounter different terrains and even climate conditions in a single round of golf.

So, a comfortable pair will also be important to ensure a great game.

Our Pick: The Best Golf Shoes For Most Golfers

Skechers Performance Men's Go Golf Elite 2
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Skechers Performance Men's Go Golf Elite 2
  • Premium leather
  • Waterproof
  • 5gen cushioning
  • Durable grip tpu bottom plate
  • Low drop design

All Products Reviewed In This Article

We will review primarily men's golf shoes but keep in mind most these golf shoe models are also available for women.

Questions & Answers

1

What are the main qualities the best golf shoes should have?

There are several key factors you should consider when purchasing a pair of golf shoes. We will discuss them one by one, so you can get a better picture. They are:

Quality #1: Stability/Traction

Good stability or traction is essential because the shoe will be the foundation of your swing.

So, a good pair of golf shoes should be able to anchor to the ground throughout the whole motion of your swing. To achieve this stability, most golf shoes used spikes.

Stability / Traction

 However, nowadays there are spikeless golf shoes that do the job just as well. We will discuss the importance of spikes and their common materials further below, as well as spikeless shoes.

Quality #2: Comfort while walking

A round of golf will involve a lot of walking.

Well, even when you ride the cart all the time, you will need to walk at some point. As with any shoes, the most important factor for walking comfort is proper sizing.

Weight and the hardness of the material will also play their part, as well as breathability. Not enough ventilation will cause dampness while wearing, which can be uncomfortable during a long game.

Quality #3: Comfort during swing

The movement you make during a swing is different compared to walking. Your feet and ankle will rotate in a quite fast manner and rub the inner part of the shoe.

Thus, the inner part of the shoe, especially around the ankle area should be soft and flexible enough to withstand heavy friction.

Trajectory

When this factor is not considered, at best you will feel uncomfortable during swings. At worst, it can cause minor calluses and injuries.

Quality #4: Shoe resistance against golf course conditions

Powdery sands with trips

Waterproofing is another important factor for golf shoes, considering the game is played in an open area with various weather conditions, as well as the issues of mud and dirt.

Waterproofed materials usually have issues with breathability, so a balance between both factors, as well as the right fit for the course climate should all be considered.

Quality #5: Shoe Style

Style, of course, is a matter of preference. The men's golf shoes we are reviewing in this guide were originally picked for their style and their ability to be matched with most people's clothing.

This being said, there is a wide variety of style offered by various golf shoe manufacturers. For those who prefers classic, sophisticated look, there are options for that.

For those who prefers the sporty or modern look, there are also plenty of choices - particularly with men's golf shoes. Yet, style should be balanced with the functionality of the golf shoes.

Golf Shoe

Quality #6 Use Of Latest Technology

Different manufacturers have different technological approaches in their shoes. Some will have special material to provide both waterproofing and breathability.

Golf Technology

The most common technological advancements found on golf shoes are regarding the sole.

Whether you opt for spiked or spikeless shoes, there are various technologies used to improve the traction to ensure stability.

There are also multiple technological advancements for waterproof lining, as well as ventilation to improve breathability.

Nevertheless, before buying any golf shoes, you should make sure your golf shoes use proprietary technology to improve the resistance of the sole. Most of the time, this will turn out to be extremely beneficial during the game.

Quality #7: Overall fit (length, width, ankle entry, toe box, midsection, and heel cup)

Finding a pair of golf shoes with the proper fit is important to ensure comfort. To ensure a right fit, trying before buying, if possible, is a good consideration.

Length and width, represented by shoe numbers should be common knowledge.

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For golf shoes, there are additionally some more considerations you should have to ensure a proper fit.

The ankle entry, toe box, and midsection sizes should all be considered to ensure comfort during swing rotation, as well as the size of the heel cup to allow enough space for swing rotation.

Key Takeaway: 

The best golf shoes should at least be comfortable to wear on and off the golf course, use the latest sole technology, and have great stability to maximize swings.

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What are the advantages of spiked shoes VS spikeless shoes?

There are a lot of golf shoes, especially newer ones that offer spikeless sole. They have been quite successful, so now we have more options in choosing the sole types.

​Both men's and women golf shoes are usually available in spikeless and spiked shoes.

In general, here are several differences between spiked and spikeless sole:

Pros & Cons of Spikeless Shoes

Pros of Spikeless Shoes

  • The spikeless sole is more low-profile and generally lighter (no added weight from the spikes). As a result, they are generally more comfortable.
  • Spikeless soles usually use rubber studs or dimpled sole, so they can provide enough traction on firm surfaces (driving range, 19th hole, etc).

Cons of Spikeless Shoes

  • They provide less grip and stability on rough surfaces and tall grass.
  • Generally, the materials used for the molded soles do not provide waterproofing

Pros & Cons of Spiked Shoes

Pros of Spiked Shoes

  • The classic, spiked sole design offers the best traction on any surfaces. 
  • They usually provide more waterproofing, because the sole won't need to be molded.

Cons Of Spiked Shoes

  • Although modern spike technologies have provided more lightweight options, they are still generally heavier and less comfortable to wear compared to spikeless shoes
  • Due to the height of the spikes, they are generally more high-profile than spikeless shoes. This can be a good or bad thing, depending on your preference

While we discuss spike soles, we will discuss below several popular spike materials and their advantages.

Sole Spike Material #1: Plastic

Plastic spikes are arguably the most popular type of golf shoes and are generally a safe choice.

Plastic is lighter than other spike materials and is more 'friendly' to the green. Meaning, it's less likely to tear up the grasses than wearing metal spikes.

Plastic spikes are also generally spread in a wider size, so the weight distribution is better.

In the past, the major downside for plastic spikes is that they provide less traction compared to metal spikes.

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An example of golf shoes using a plastic sole

However, the technology of plastic spikes has advanced so that in some products, the traction is even better than metal spikes. If you are looking for comfortable golf shoes with decent traction, plastic spikes are generally a safe choice.

Sole Spike Material #2: Metal

Metal spikes are less common nowadays since plastic can provide similar or better traction with less weight. Metal spikes also often guilty of tearing up fairways and greens. Under the rules of gold, players cannot interfere with spike marks on greens, and that might hinder your address.

Although the traction is generally very good, metal spikes can be heavy and uncomfortable to wear. Also, many golf courses also ban metal spikes, so you might want to think twice before purchasing one.

Key Takeaway: 

The best golf shoes have plastic spikes over metal ones.

3

Should I choose spikeless shoes?

Spikeless shoes are quite popular nowadays. They are generally lighter, more comfortable to wear, and can provide very decent traction.

Many professionals and Tour players nowadays are also wearing spikeless shoes, some prefer them for the look, or the added comfort that can help with foot or back pain.

While they are generally more comfortable, spikeless shoes often have problems with waterproofing and traction. While they are decent in the firm and flat surfaces, they might have issues with wet surfaces or tall greens.

Many high-end spikeless shoes are quite good with traction though, as well as providing some form of waterproofing. Spikeless shoes will also be an excellent choice for driving range due to the mostly flat surfaces.

So, purchasing a pair of spikeless golf shoes is viable, especially for the driving range. However, if you want to wear it on course, you just have to make sure that it is well-built and have decent quality regarding traction and waterproofing.

Key Takeaway: 

Spikeless and spiked shoes are both viable for the golf course. Prefer spikeless if you like lighter shoes. Opt for spiked shoes if you need great stability and traction. This is true for men's golf shoes and women's golf shoes.

4

Should I worry about walking a long distance with these golf shoes?

Most high-quality pair of golf shoes are designed with long-distance comfort in mind, so this most likely won't be an issue.

There are several qualities you should look for to ensure comfort in a prolonged game. To summarize, they are:

Material Choice

The more flexible and soft the material is, the more comfortable the shoes will be for a long-distance walk and prolonged usage.

Most high-end golf shoes use genuine leather or synthetic material to achieve lightweight, breathability and overall comfort. Not to forget, there should be some form of a waterproof lining.

Material Choice

Breathability

Breathing

Although material choices might dictate breathability, that won't always be the case.

Some manufacturers might opt to add extra technology to improve ventilation.

Breathability of the shoes is important for long-distance walking, to prevent your feet from sweating a lot.

Weight

Material choices for the shoe itself and for the spikes (for spiked shoes) will dictate the weight. Of course, heavy shoes can be tiresome for long-distance walking.

Most high-end golf shoes nowadays used plastic spikes or spikeless rubber soles to address this issue.

Once all those qualities are in check, you should not have to worry about long distance walking.

Weight

Remember, you also need to consider in-swing comfort. A good pair of golf shoes will be comfortable both for walking and swinging.

Key Takeaway: 

Don't worry about feeling your feet hurt when walking long distance on the golf course. Advancement of shoe technology make this a worry of the past.

5

Are shoelaces necessary?

Shoe laces are the most common fastening system for golf shoes.

In our opinion, they are more akin to tradition than necessity.

The sophisticated and tidy look of shoelaces are preferred by many, however, regarding purpose, other fastening systems like velcro straps or even zipper (if any) can do the job just as well.

Velcro can indeed give more ease in securing or removal of the shoe, and prevent the biggest issue of laces: when they loosened in the middle of a round.

Many manufacturers also modified their lacing system to have both the classic style and modern ease. For example, there are mechanical lacing systems to prevent loosening and improve stability. If you are familiar with ski or ice skating boots, the lacing system used is similar.

Key Takeaway: 

So, to answer the question, the answer is no, shoe laces are not a necessity, but rather has more to do with style. 

6

Should I own multiple pairs of golf shoes depending on weather conditions or the golf course I am playing on?

If your budget allows, the answer is yes. Different types of golf shoes can perform better in certain weather conditions, and even in different surfaces.

In dry and warm summer conditions, spikeless shoes that are lighter and more breathable will be a more comfortable choice. Since they rarely have good waterproofing technology, they won't perform as well in wet and rainy conditions.

On the other hand, spiked shoes will perform better with mud and wet course conditions in rainy seasons, or even with snow. They are not as breathable and generally heavier, so they might not be comfortable in a hot summer.

Some high-quality golf shoes, including the ones we will discuss further below, can provide a relatively nice balance to perform in different weather conditions. 

Key Takeaway: 

We would recommend that you purchase the best golf shoes for you first and foremost.

But if your budget does allow several pairs, it is a good choice to own two good pairs of spikeless and spiked shoes for dry and wet conditions, respectively.


Product Recommendations

Here, we will recommend five pairs of golf shoes, along with the in-depth reviews for each of them.

We chose these products based on our market research in testing countless different pairs, and we based our choices on the factors and criteria we have mentioned in the questions and answers section above.

Please note that we have reviewed below are exclusively men's golf shoes. Similar models for women do exist and hold the vast majority of the features presented below. 

Without further ado, let us begin with the first one:

Skechers Performance Men's Go Golf Pro 2 Golf Shoe

Skechers is, of course, one of the most prominent shoe manufacturers in the world.

Not only for golf shoes but for all kinds of shoes in general.

The Skechers Go Golf Pro 2 is the successor of the highly successful Go Golf Pro, designed with professionals and Tour players in mind.

If you are familiar with the first edition of Go Golf Pro, you will notice that the biggest design change with this 2nd edition is the more low-profile approach.

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The first Go Golf Pro has a very defined, arched heel in the sole. On the Go Golf Pro 2, the heel drop is reduced almost one full inch (precisely 0.75-inches). As a result, your foot is positioned closer to the ground.

Skechers Performance Go Pro 2
Skechers Performance Go Pro 2
Skechers Performance Go Pro 2

Product pictures are courtesy of Skechers.

The low profile design is even lower than most golf shoes available in the market. There is less declination between your heel and forefoot, which actually adds comfort and prevents tiredness.

The sole features a new technology developed by Skechers to make it lighter and more responsive, and of course, it looks very nice. So, let us begin by discussing the key features of the Skechers Go Golf Pro 2

Key Features: Skechers Go Golf Pro 2

Feature #1: 5GEN Midsole

The sole of the Go Golf Pro 2 featured a new technology deemed the 5GEN, allowing the midsole to be lighter and responsive. It is designed to be shock-absorbing, so will help with hard surfaces, as well as giving you a better swing foundation.

Feature #2: The Spikes

The spikes of Skechers Go Golf Pro 2 is molded plastic, and are diamond-shaped to improve traction. The spikes are concentrated on the outsole area to add more grip in tall grasses and wet surfaces, assuring your swing remains intact in most situations.

There are nine soft spikes with Stealth Pin system on each pair, and are designed for full contact and quick release. Meaning, nothing other than the spikes will get clogged up with grass or dirt, as only the outsoles will make contact.

Feature #3: The Tongue

Although the tongue is not a common highlight when we are talking about shoes, the tongue of Skechers Go Golf Pro 2 deserves a special mention. The tongue is well padded (and of course with Skechers' branding) and is one of, if not the best in the market. Paired with the lightweight laces, the tongue shape and thickness prevent the laces from digging in, indirectly stabilizing the laces.

Feature #5: Lightweight and Comfort

The Go Golf Pro 2 is relatively lightweight, weighing in at only 15.3 ounces. The weight will help with comfort during long distance walking as well as prolonged rounds. The tapered U-shaped throat also helps, since it gets wider deeper into the foot. Not only this unique throat shape helps with the proper fit but also helps to give your ankle more room to rotate during a swing.

Feature #6: Goga Mat Insole

The insole utilized Skechers' Goga Mat technology, which as the name suggest, is designed to feel like a yoga mat. The common problem with a lot of golf shoes is that either the insole is too thick, giving your foot less room to rotate and hinders breathability, or too thin to make it uncomfortable.

This Goga Mat technology allows the insole of the Go Golf Pro 2 to be medium-fit, while is cushioned enough to give you comfort.

Our Review, Pros, and Cons

The first thing we should address about the Skechers Go Golf Pro 2 is the stylish design. It is fairly conservative regarding color choices, available in black, white, and gray. It looks (and feels) classic, and will cater to a lot of golfers' preferences.

Here are what we liked and disliked from the Skechers Go Golf Pro 2.

Pros of Sketchers' Go Golf Pro 2

  • Excellent comfort, definitely the biggest selling point
  • Fully waterproof with H2GO Shield waterproof protection with 2-year warranty
  • Great traction on thick grass, mud, and wet surfaces
  • Classic design

Cons of Sketchers' Go Golf Pro 2

  • The spikes are a little uncomfortable on firmer grounds
  • The heel area is quite robust and might need a little more time breaking in

Our Verdict

The Skechers Go Golf Pro 2 is a proper golfers' shoes. It provides you excellent comfort, great traction and stability for swing, and classic design for a sophisticated golfer's look. However, on firmer grounds, the outsole spikes might be a little uncomfortable, although it still provides decent stability and comfort.

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Skechers Performance Men's Go Golf Pro 2
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Skechers Performance Men's Go Golf Pro 2
  • Removable Insole
  • Skechers
  • 10.5 D(M) US
  • White/Gray/Blue

Skechers Performance Men's Go Golf Drive 2 Golf Shoe

Another high-quality one by Skechers, showing their persistence in the footwear industry.

In fact, Skechers is now the current #2 footwear brand in the US, known for the excellent comfort and performance on their products.

As with the Go Golf Pro 2 discussed above, the Go Golf Drive 2 is the 2nd generation of Skechers' Go Golf Drive line.

With the very similar naming of 'Go Golf Pro' and 'Go Golf Drive', you might suggest that we will see a lot of similarities between the two, and that is indeed the case.

Skechers Performance Men's Go Golf Drive 2
Skechers Performance Men's Go Golf Drive 2
Skechers Performance Men's Go Golf Drive 2

Product pictures are courtesy of Skechers.

The key difference between the two is that when the Go Golf Pro 2 is a spiked shoe with molded plastic spikes, the Go Golf Drive 2 is spikeless.

Design-wise, the Go Golf Drive 2 is also a little different, giving it a more casual vibe compared to the Go Golf Pro 2. However, both of them utilized the same low-profile design which makes the Go Golf Pro 2 so comfortable to wear.

So, what are the other differences? Let us take a deeper look by discussing the key features of the Go Golf Drive 2.

Key Features: Skechers Go Golf Drive 2

Feature #1: Goga Mat Insole

A similar technology found on the Go Golf Drive 2. Here, the Goga Mat also provides the similar medium-level cushion on the insole, bringing excellent comfort to the table.

We can argue that the Goga Mat is even more effective on the Go Golf Drive 2 due to the spikeless sole, which generally feels more 'flat' and comfortable. As a result, the cushioned insole feels more comfortable in combination with the relatively flat sole.

Feature #2: Next-Gen Resalyte® Midsole

Due to the different sole and outsole, the midsole is also a little bit different compared to the 5GEN midsole found on the Go Golf Pro 2. The Resalyte midsole does not provide as much response and shock-absorbing quality, which is actually a good thing for flat, rubber studded sole. It is even lighter than the 5GEN midsole, providing even more comfort for the Go Golf Drive 2.

Feature #3: Rubber Studded Traction Sole

Being a spikeless golf shoe, the Go Golf Drive 2 used a rubber studded sole to provide traction. On firmer grounds, the Go Golf Drive 2 is even more stable and comfortable to wear compared to Go Golf Pro 2. On thick grass and mud grounds, it doesn't do as well but it is still pretty decent.

Our Review, Pros, and Cons

Here are what we liked and disliked from the Go Golf Drive 2.

Pros of Sketchers' Go Golf Drive 2

  • Casual yet sophisticated design
  • Very comfortable to wear, lightweight with medium cushioned insole
  • Decent traction especially on flat and firm grounds
  • Excellent breathability

Cons of Sketchers' Go Golf Drive 2

  • ​Sometimes not enough traction on thick greens
  • Although it does have waterproofing lining (H2GO shield), it is not fully waterproof

Our Verdict

Comparing the Go Golf Drive 2 with the Go Golf Pro 2 is a classic spikeless vs spiked debate, especially because they both incorporate similar technologies.

The Go Golf Drive 2 is better on firmer surfaces and has more ventilation for the hot summer situations. However, on thick grasses and wet conditions, the Go Golf Pro 2 is a better pick, especially since the Go Golf Drive 2 is not fully waterproof.

If you are looking to buy two different pairs for different situations, buying both the Go Golf Drive 2 and Go Golf Pro 2 is a decent choice. Also worth noting, the Skechers Go Golf Drive 2 is slightly cheaper than the Pro counterpart.

Skechers Performance Men's Go Golf Drive 2
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Skechers Performance Men's Go Golf Drive 2
  • Lace-up golf shoe featuring brand callouts at tongue, counter, and lateral side
  • Goga Mat technology with high-rebound cushioning
  • Flexible turf cleated outsole
  • Skechers
  • 7 D(M) US

Adidas Men's Tech Response 4.0

Adidas, of course, is another big name in the footwear industry, especially for sports shoes.

The Tech Response line has been their most successful products for golf shoes, and here we will discuss the 4th iteration of the Tech Response.

If you are familiar with the previous versions of the Tech Response, you will notice the core concept is the same with the 4.0 : excellent comfort and breathability while giving stable traction.

The Tech Response 4.0 is a spiked golf shoe with six plastic spikes on each pair.

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The spikes are actually quite subtle, while the outsole utilized a spikeless, rubber design. So, the Tech Response 4.0 aims to give you decent traction without sacrificing comfort on firmer grounds.

So, let us dig deeper into the key features of the Adidas Tech Response 4.0.

adidas Men's Tech Response
adidas Men's Tech Response
adidas Men's Tech Response

Key Features: Adidas Men's Tech Response 4.0

Feature #1: Climastorm Material

Adidas is known for bringing unique, high-tech approaches to their products, and it is no difference with the Tech Response 4.0.

The upper part of the shoe is made with a fusion of Microfiber and textile material, dubbed the Climastorm.

As a result, the Tech Response 4.0 has a superior breathability compared to its competitors. The Climastorm material is also very light yet durable, giving you an excellent combination of comfort, durability, and breathability.

Feature #2: EVA-Foam Cushioned Midsole

The Tech Response 4.0 used a bounce-foam technology on the midsole to provide shock absorbance, cushioning, and ultimately, comfort.

Feature #3: Wider Forefoot

The toe box of the Tech Response 4.0 is relatively bigger and rounder compared to its predecessors, and even to most golf shoes available in the market. The forefoot area is also overall wider, giving the much-needed comfort for both walking and swing movements.

Our Review, Pros, Cons

The first thing we should mention about the Adidas Tech Response 4.0 is that it is relatively more affordable compared to other options on this list. Here are what we liked and disliked about the product.

Pros of Adidas Men's Tech Response 4.0

  • Hybrid spikeless-spiked design to ensure decent traction on any surfaces without sacrificing comfort
  • Plenty of interior room to allow swing rotation
  • Affordable and cost-effective
  • Decent comfort and breathability

Cons of Adidas Men's Tech Response 4.0

  • A matter of preference, but not as good-looking as other options on this list
  • Not waterproof, so it won't do well in wet and rainy conditions
  • The spikes are quite subtle, so the grip on thick grasses are sometimes inconsistent

Our Verdict

For on-budget players, the Adidas Tech Response 4.0 is an excellent choice for almost any situations.

It is equally as good on firm grounds and thick grass, and although it is not waterproofed, the spikes itself can give enough traction on wet grounds.

It is one of the most comfortable pairs of golf shoes out there, and the breathability is very decent. Considering its price, we can argue that the Adidas Tech Response 4.0 offers the best overall value.

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adidas Men's Tech Response
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adidas Men's Tech Response
  • Thintech, adituff, thintech cleat, traxion, adiwear
  • Lightweight mesh and synthetic upper for enhanced breathability and comfort
  • Soft eva insole for lightweight comfort and cushioning
  • 6-spike configuration with thintech low-profile technology for improved traction and stability
  • 91 day comfort guarantee

Skechers Go Golf Elite 2

Ah, another one by Skechers, showing how they have advanced as one of, if not the leader in Golf footwear industry albeit being relatively new to the game.

So, we have discussed how the spikeless Go Golf Drive 2 is excellent for hot summer and firmer grounds, while the spiked Go Golf Pro 2 is better for thick greens and wet conditions.

Thus, where will the Go Golf Elite 2 stand?

First things first, the Go Golf Elite 2 is priced between the Pro 2 and Drive 2. So, as you might have guessed, it offers some hybrid features between the two.

It looks very similar to the Go Golf Pro 2, instead of the casual look of the Drive 2, yet it is actually spikeless like the Go Golf Drive 2. The spikeless sole, however, used a different design and technology than the Drive 2.

So, let us discuss the key features of the Skechers Go Golf Elite 2.

SKECHERS GO GOLF ELITE 2
SKECHERS GO GOLF ELITE 2
SKECHERS GO GOLF ELITE 2

Product pictures are courtesy of Skechers.

Key Features: Skechers Go Golf Elite 2

Feature #1: H2GO Shield Waterproof Lining

The H2GO waterproof lining on the Go Golf Elite 2 is similar to the Pro 2 version.

It is fully waterproof even for the worst wet and rainy situations. It is very rare for a spikeless golf shoe to have such amount of waterproofing, so it is definitely the highlight of the Go Golf elite 2.

Feature #2: 5GEN Insole

The insole is similar to the Go Golf Pro 2, instead of going with the Resalyte insole of the Drive 2 version. We have mentioned that the 5GEN insole is one of the most comfortable compared to the competitors, so you can expect an excellent insole comfort from the Go Golf Elite 2.

Feature #3: Durable Grip Spikeless Sole

The spikeless sole of the Go Golf Elite 2 uses different design than the Drive 2. The sole uses molded Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) plastic as studs instead of rubber and is spread throughout the bottom sole in a seemingly random but calculated pattern. As a result, the Go Golf Elite 2 provides very balanced traction on a wide range of different surfaces.

Feature #4: The Tongue

The padded but thin tongue will allow better stability for the lightweight laces, as well as bringing more comfort to your forefoot. A similar U-shaped heel lock design is also found, allowing roomy but firm interior for your swing rotation.

Our Review, Pros, and Cons

The Skechers Go Golf Elite 2 is a hybrid between the Go Golf Drive 2 and Go Golf Pro 2, bringing the best of both worlds. So, how does it actually fare? Here are what we liked and disliked from the product.

Pros of Skechers Go Golf Elite 2

  • Fully waterproof
  • Excellent comfort and breathability both for long-distance walking and swing
  • Hybrid spike/spikeless sole allowing decent traction on any surfaces

Cons of Skechers Go Golf Elite 2

  • Although it provides a nice, balanced traction, it doesn't do as well as fully spiked shoes or spikeless shoes on their respective game. Jack of all trades.

Our Verdict

If you absolutely need to buy only one pair of golf shoes that is decent on any situation, the Skechers Go Golf Pro 2 is an excellent choice.

It provides a very nice comfort and traction on any surfaces, totally waterproof, and very breathable.

However, it won't grip just as well as spiked shoes on tall greens or wet muds. On the other hand, it also doesn't grip as well as rubber-studded spikeless shoes on firm grounds.

Skechers Performance Men's Go Golf Elite 2
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Skechers Performance Men's Go Golf Elite 2
  • Premium leather
  • Waterproof
  • 5gen cushioning
  • Durable grip tpu bottom plate
  • Low drop design

New Balance Golf NBG2004

New Balance might not be a prominent player in golf footwear just yet, but we all know their reputation of being a manufacturer for high-quality footwears for just about any sports on the planet.

They do have a few of successful golf shoes in the past, including the NBG2003  back in 2015, which is very decent.

If they have an ambassador or two in the PGA Tour, it won’t be a surprise to see more success from them in golf.

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The NBG2004 is a direct successor of the NBG2003, and is a pair of spiked golf shoes with 7 molded plastic spikes on the sole.

The first thing you might notice is the design, which is more modern and sporty as with most New Balance shoes on the market, compared to the classic sophisticated look on most golf shoes.

It is a matter of preference, but you surely can look different on the course with the NBG2004.

New Balance Men's NBG2004
New Balance Men's NBG2004

Product pictures are courtesy of New Balance.

Here are the key features of the New Balance Golf NBG2004.

Key Features: New Balance Golf NBG2004

Feature #1: REVlite Midsole

Midsole cushioning is an important trend on golf shoes. With the New Balance NBG2004, the REVlite technology gave an innovative foam compound for responsiveness, lightweight, and underfoot cushioning. This is a similar approach with the Skechers' golf shoes and Adidas Tech Response 4.0, and it does the job really well.

Feature #2: The Spikes

The outsole of the New Balance NBG2004 features a Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) material, which is quite comfortable. Seven spikes are placed with precise calculation, two in the back of the foot and five in the forefoot section. They are surprisingly stable and feels natural in almost any surfaces.

Feature #3: Waterproof

The NBG2004 is fully waterproof and comes with a 2-year waterproof guarantee. As a result, it is a decent choice for rainy weathers and wet grounds, especially combined with the decent traction of its spikes.

Our Review, Pros, and Cons

The first thing you will notice from the New Balance Golf NBG2004 is the modern athletic design, which is quite different from most golf shoes on the market. So, if you want a unique, sporty look, it might be a decent choice.

Nevertheless, here are what we liked and disliked from the product.

Pros of New Balance Golf NBG2004

  • Superior traction with superb TPU outsole and 7-spike design
  • Very comfortable with low-profile design and cushioned midsole
  • Form-fitted tongue construction to stabilize lightweight laces
  • Fully waterproof with 2-year waterproof guarantee
  • Unique, modern athletic design

Cons of New Balance Golf NBG2004

  • Not enough traction on firmer grounds
  • Not as breathable as other products reviewed on this page
  • The unique look is not for everyone

Our Verdict

The New Balance Men NBG2004 is, in many ways, quite similar to the Skechers Go Golf Pro 2 and Adidas Tech Response 4.0, especially for being a spiked, waterproof pair of golf shoes.

So, comparisons between those three cannot be avoided, and here is the deal: price wise, the New Balance NBG2004 stands in between the other two, and has slight issues with breathability.

The Adidas Tech Response 4.0, on the other hand, is the most comfortable, yet not fully waterproof. For the best on all fronts, yet with a more expensive price tag, there is the Skechers Go Golf Pro 2.

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New Balance Men's NBG2004
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New Balance Men's NBG2004
  • Revlite midsole for comfort and performance
  • Premium water-resistant microfiber leather upper
  • Tpu outsole provides stability and flexes with the natural motion of your foot
  • Champ slim-lok removable cleats
  • New Balance

Bottom Line and Final Verdict

We will choose the absolute best out of the five products we have mentioned on this list. Admittedly, this is quite difficult, since all five have different advantages and will best cater to different situations.

However, for the sake of this buying guide, our best golf shoes choice goes to:

Skechers Go Golf Elite 2

Skechers Performance Men's Go Golf Elite 2
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Skechers Performance Men's Go Golf Elite 2
  • Premium leather
  • Waterproof
  • 5gen cushioning
  • Durable grip tpu bottom plate
  • Low drop design

The spikeless Go Golf Elite 2 offers a great combination of features to perform well on all different surfaces and conditions.

Priced between the Go Golf Drive 2 and Go Golf Pro 2, it combines the best qualities of both versions while attempting to eliminate both weaknesses. It is extremely comfortable, give enough traction for your swing, waterproof, and very breathable - this is what makes it one of the best golf shoes we've reviewed.

If you only want to buy one pair of golf shoes, the Go Golf Elite 2 is an excellent choice. It also has the advantage of being a great work out shoe, ideal for your next golf workouts.

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Last updated on 2017-07-25. The links are affiliate links. Product images are served from Amazon Product Advertising API.

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