by Larry Berle
Do you think golf is a walking game? If so, then these new golf shoes by True Linkswear are for you. Even if you ride, you will find a noticeable difference in the stability of your golf swing in these shoes because connecting to the earth has everything to do with stability.
True Linkswear seems to be making a new statement in golf footwear: “Enjoy the walk.” Their idea is that if you walk like human beings were designed to walk, this will increase your walking enjoyment on the course. True Linkswear has created what they call the True Barefoot Golf shoe to work naturally with your body and enhance your game.
PGA Tour winner Ryan Moore has not only endorsed these shoes—he is a co-founder of the company—so he had great input into the design. The design has style, but what caught my attention even more is the functionality. One of the primary features of this shoe is what they call “zero drop.” In zero drop the heel and toe of the foot are an equal distance from the ground (as though you are barefoot). A spokesman for True Linkswear shared the following information with me:
The core principles of our minimalist stylings were derived from the barefoot running movement. Our shoes allow the feet and body to function as naturally as possible. There are 5 key elements that contribute to the minimalist footwear label:
1) Light weight
3) Wide Toe Box
4) Zero Drop
5) Thin Outsole
So I tried them out for several rounds. They are light and the wide toe box definitely adds to the comfort. At the same time, the back of the shoe molds to your heel. You never feel as if you could walk out of them. The most noticeable feature is the zero drop. I could feel the difference in a greater extension in my foot and it felt more stable throughout the golf swing. I have tried them for three rounds now and I can feel an increase in stability. I don’t understand it, but if it works, who needs to understand it? And they are comfortable. Can’t wait to play in them again