Zero drop shoes are a new phenomenon within the golf world that preaches a less is more on the zero drop shoes. It is kind of an extension to the minimalist footwear that runners have been using for sometime now, I’m sure that many people have seen those weirdos that are running around with shoes that look like feet and there are pros and cons to using those shoes when it comes to running. The same thing goes with zero drop shoes for golf but what exactly are the advantages and disadvantages? This is the main thing that we’ll be answering today.
The main advantage that I can see from using these kinds of shoes would be that the ball of a player’s feet and their heel would be at their natural heights than they normally would be if the player were using shoes that had support underneath their heels. With this natural alignment the player’s body would be much more able to adjust to striking the ball at the correct height that is necessary for their individual swing. However switching to this new kind of shoe if you are already used to using shoes that have a support underneath the heel could change how you hit the ball.
The main disadvantages for this kind of shoe would be that someone who is not used to wearing shoes with a lot less support could impede how they hit the ball and may even change what their swing path is like. As with running shoes though, the most disadvantageous thing that I see with zero drop shoes would be the soreness someone would feel walking long distances. If an individual is not used to shoes that lack support they could run into a problem where their feet become extremely sore due to the increase in the amount of impact their feet are now receiving.
What I would like to state here is that changing how the amount of support in your heels changes a lot more than many people think with the entire anatomy of the body. It changes the structure of how the knees, ankles, hips, lower-back, mid-back and even upper-body work. We can see these changes more clearly when a woman wears heels that accentuate the look of her body, whether it be healthy or not it certainly changes the physique of the individual that is using the support. Knowing this the amount of height that support should be ranges from individual to individual, and cannot have a one size fits all approach to it. Different people have different things that they need to take into account when it comes to how they treat their bodies and knowing this I cannot assign a perfect end all approach to the benefits and downfalls to zero drop shoes. It comes down to the person that is wearing the shoes, and if they benefit the individual then wear the shoes but if they hinder someone don’t wear them, it all comes down to personal preference.