Golf shoes and rolling my ankle?

Hey,
I currently have a pair of some odd 50 dollar callaway shoes I got at a retail sporting goods store. They are comfortable and based on what I know, I like them. One problem I have, though, is it seems that on my follow through, my ankle on my lead foot rolls over the outside of my foot. In general, the shoes are comfortable, but I have seen all the new improvements in spike placement and such.
Would this help my ankle rolling, or is that more of a personal problem?
Also, what do the new shoes, something like the DryJoy (I'm think 160 on sale for 120, not 200 or 300), do for my golf swing?
I am thinking about getting a new pair, but I don't want to spend the money if they will not add that much to my game.
Thank you.
Chris
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I dunno about the dry joys, but Nike's Zoom Elites from last year were exceptional stable around the ankle. The shoes feel like they don't give at all laterally, which I like. More stable than my 360 LTD's. I'm not sure if they'd help with your issue , as it sounds more like a technique thing.
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I have the same problem.
I roll over on my front ankle and have yet to find a show I don't do it with.
I've tried Tour 360, 360 II and Tour 360 3.0, Tour LTD., Puma (not sure the name of them), and Nike TW9 (I believe)
I've given up the search and just dealt with rolling over for now lol. It is however bugging me more and I've had to go get it xrayed on occasion but they say nothing is wrong and just to wear a stabilizing band on it.
Let me know if you find a shoe that works! I'll be sure to do the same.
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Maybe you should try a soft lace up ankle brace. I HAD to have one when i used to play football and it wasn't as stiff as taping it up, never tried it for golf though.
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great post, my problem is sliding. I am not sure why golf shoe companies don't address this issue. I've asked this question to salesman at Golf Galaxy and they stare at me like I am from another planet -with no suggestions of course.
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Sounds more like a technique issue or a strength/conditioning issue than a shoe issue, although I'm sure some shoes might be better than others. I would try some strength and conditioning for your ankles before running out and buying a new pair of shoes. If you are looking for a more stable pair of shoes, last summer I purchased a pair of Ecco's and they seem extremely stable (and comfortable too) and if you have an Ecco outlet store near you, you can usually find some super deals on them, (like the C-Force Hyrdromax for $100 that is snagged last summer). Anyway, I would try the free solutions before new shoes, but if that doesn't help maybe a pair of shoes will.
-Bryce
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great post, my problem is sliding. I am not sure why golf shoe companies don't address this issue. I've asked this question to salesman at Golf Galaxy and they stare at me like I am from another planet -with no suggestions of course.
Oughta try out some Nike's. Any of their line with the "power platform) all the higher end ones (over $120 for example) offer this, and it adds a ton of stability imo (if that really is what creates the stable feeling my Zoom Elites have). It's a big difference versus any other shoe I've tried.
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prob need to work on your balance. then a quick fix might be to flare your lead foot a little bit, though that may make you quick and close the clubface too. the 360ltd are impossible to roll over, but they are expensive.
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I have an issue with a person trying to find shoes to fix a balance issue which this sounds like. Finding equipment to mask essentially a mechanical flaw doesn't do a person any justice. An example would be getting an ankle brace to enable your ankle to handle more lateral stress comfortably, or in this case to keep your ankle from rolling. All you are doing is reinforcing the bad habit.
Practice by thinking about keeping your balance centered. Your weight will still shift to the let but it won't go outside the left, assuming of course that you are right handed.
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Check out the Bite Golf Boot 3.0. Just a thought.
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great post, my problem is sliding. I am not sure why golf shoe companies don't address this issue. I've asked this question to salesman at Golf Galaxy and they stare at me like I am from another planet -with no suggestions of course.
"Sliding?" What do you mean?
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The new Footjoy Synergy solved my problem on this....
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great post, my problem is sliding. I am not sure why golf shoe companies don't address this issue. I've asked this question to salesman at Golf Galaxy and they stare at me like I am from another planet -with no suggestions of course.
"Sliding?" What do you mean?
Swaying
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I have an issue with a person trying to find shoes to fix a balance issue which this sounds like. Finding equipment to mask essentially a mechanical flaw doesn't do a person any justice. An example would be getting an ankle brace to enable your ankle to handle more lateral stress comfortably, or in this case to keep your ankle from rolling. All you are doing is reinforcing the bad habit.
Practice by thinking about keeping your balance centered. Your weight will still shift to the let but it won't go outside the left, assuming of course that you are right handed.
I disagree. If there's equipment of any kind to make our games more enjoyable, why not use it. I see you have no problem using 460 drivers and hybrids to help improve your game.
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The new Footjoy Synergy solved my problem on this....
Chilidog, I am a high handicapper, looking to pick up a few strokes. Wd these shoes
help me better than any hybrid iron set?
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The new Footjoy Synergy solved my problem on this....
Chilidog, I am a high handicapper, looking to pick up a few strokes. Wd these shoes
help me better than any hybrid iron set?
Neither would help more than Lessons.
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great post, my problem is sliding. I am not sure why golf shoe companies don't address this issue. I've asked this question to salesman at Golf Galaxy and they stare at me like I am from another planet -with no suggestions of course.
"Sliding?" What do you mean?
Swaying
Ah. I think that the reason no golf shoe company addresses this is because swaying isn't a foot/ankle/traction issue.
You may roll your front foot over some when your weight posts up on it. If your weight is sliding onto it, different shoes won't help.
I think you need to look elsewhere to correct your sliding issue.
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No...shoes aren't the cure. I just tended to roll onto the outer edges of my shoes and the SYNR-G helped in stopping that.
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I dont know what shoes will help with this problem. I think you should def. try a lace up ankle brace. I had to wear them on both ankles when I played college baseball. Once you roll your ankle it becomes extremely succeptable to rolling again and again. I still wear ankle braces on both of my ankles when I golf just because I don't want to roll it any more. It looks kind of dumb if you wear shorts but....just wear pants.
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I have an issue with a person trying to find shoes to fix a balance issue which this sounds like. Finding equipment to mask essentially a mechanical flaw doesn't do a person any justice. An example would be getting an ankle brace to enable your ankle to handle more lateral stress comfortably, or in this case to keep your ankle from rolling. All you are doing is reinforcing the bad habit.
Practice by thinking about keeping your balance centered. Your weight will still shift to the let but it won't go outside the left, assuming of course that you are right handed.
I disagree. If there's equipment of any kind to make our games more enjoyable, why not use it. I see you have no problem using 460 drivers and hybrids to help improve your game.
Shoes are the one piece of equipment that I fully believe in what I said above. A swing coach I had about 12 years ago was adamant about it too. This was around the time Soft spikes 1st came on the scene and at the time people were complaining about slipping too much. My coach said that too many people rely on their spikes to keep their balance.
A balance problem is a balance problem and is something that should be addressed directly instead of putting a bandaide on it.
As for me and my club selection, there is a difference IMO between using equipment to cover a flaw and using equipment because it performs better. But at the same time equipment selection needs to be relevant to a persons skill level. I've yet to see High handicapper shoes and players shoes though.
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I dont know what shoes will help with this problem. I think you should def. try a lace up ankle brace. I had to wear them on both ankles when I played college baseball. Once you roll your ankle it becomes extremely succeptable to rolling again and again. I still wear ankle braces on both of my ankles when I golf just because I don't want to roll it any more. It looks kind of dumb if you wear shorts but....just wear pants.
I've had to wear a brace on my front ankle for the alst several years after breaking the ankle. Mostly because simply walking a course would cause it to ache, factor in the torque applied to it in a golf swing...
Any way last summer we got a WIi fit and playing the balance games actually strengthened the ankle tot eh point where I don't have to wear the brace any more. Quite impressed with that aspect of the fit actually.
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I couldn't agree with Schilly more, I don't think balance issues should be fixed with a pair of shoes and I regularly practice and play with runners instead of my golf shoes on. :shrug:
As far as strengthening your ankle if you choose to go that route, balance exercises are the BEST way to go about that, starting with just simple exercises, then moving up to something like a Bosu ball, or wobble board and incorporating that into your regular workout will make tons of difference, if you want to that is.
In the end, do what you think is best, if you think shoes are the answer, then start shopping I guess, if not then pursue other options, and if you want more info on some strengthening/balance exercises, just google them or ask here and I can see if I can help.
-Bryce
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No...shoes aren't the cure. I just tended to roll onto the outer edges of my shoes and the SYNR-G helped in stopping that.
thx
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The Adidas Powerband is a great shoe for lateral stability as well. You can find last year's model for pretty cheap. I agree that the FootJoy Synr-G is a very stable shoe as well, basically a shoe designed for stability. Or if you don't care about looks, the FootJoy Golf Athletics is a pretty stable shoe too.
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Hey,
Thank you for your suggestions. I am 23 and I understand that it probably has a lot to do with my form and balance. The shoes I currently have I feel like my foot moves in them and they just are weak shoes with no support. I would almost rather play barefoot than with my current shoes.
I am not sure why anyone has "issues" about shoes. Personally, I think a shoe is the most important piece of equipment in any sport. Sure you can train to run more efficiently, but would you ever run in flip flops? I don't think anyone is suggesting a shoe is going to fix every balance issue, but there is no reason to wear better equipment, right? I have used wii balance as well, its fun and extremely helpful.
I recently have tried on the DryJoys, Powerbands, and a pair of Eccos. All three seem to fit better than my current shoes. The problem seems to be that while the DryJoys and power bands seem to give me a LOT more stability at address, and a lot more snugg and quiet on follow through, they are not as comfortable just walking around. The Eccos are very comfortable walking around, but dont seem to have the same arch support and stability as the other two.
Has anyone else ever had to decide between comfortable walking shoes and shoes that feel better during the swing?
Or, has anyone found a pair that is the best of both worlds?
All I am looking for is the equivalent of upgrading from a wood driver (in this case my kinda crappy shoes) to a metal driver (a shoe that was not designed to be a simple shoe with spike holes on the bottom).
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Hey happyfish, don't get me wrong about the shoe thing. I absolutely believe in wearing the best shoes. Just like any activity the right shoes are very important. But what was asked was if anyone knew of shoes that would prevent you from rolling your ankle when swinging. The simple answer to me is that if you are rolling your ankle then there are adjustments that need to be made in swing. Now if you are talking about simply giving the proper support and being good for your feet walking a course or riding... ECCO, Adidas, FJ, Nike, Puma... All make great shoes. It's just a matter of getting a pair that fits right.