This post was most recently updated on January 19th, 2022
Nike is known as arguably the most popular shoemaker in the world. The company’s golf shoes can be seen on the likes of the legendary Tiger Woods as well as multi-major winners Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka. While golfing it’s important to be comfortable and stay grounded on the course when walking or swinging. This article will highlight the best Nike Golf shoes available on the market.
Best Nike Golf Shoes
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Features To Consider in A Golf Shoe
Are They Waterproof?
Having waterproof golf shoes is practically a must for anyone who participates in the sport.
Rain can come at any moment and the last thing a golfer needs is to have cold and wet feet while being weighed down throughout their round.
For the crazy risk takers who like hitting out of puddles or on the edge of ponds, the water resistant feature certainly comes in handy.
Grip and Stability
One of the main purposes of a golf shoe is to give the golfer stable while swinging. The grip on the bottom of the shoe can be either spikeless or contain spikes. Spikes can really lock a golfer into the ground but may be inconvenient when worn away from the golf course.
Spikeless shoes can be worn anywhere and won’t tear up the greens if a foot is dragged. It’s important to make sure the golf shoes being purchased provide good grip and steadiness.
Fit and comfort due to length of time on course
It’s imperative to try on and find a comfortable pair of golf shoes. Rounds of golf can take anywhere from three to six hours depending on how many people are in your group or how packed the course is.
A golfer tends to stand for most of their round. Especially if they are walking. Golf shoes that are too tight or too loose could also pose discomfort.
Do you have to wear golf shoes when playing?
Some courses require golf shoes but many do not. A lot of venues don’t mind if you wear running shoes to play. Course management is more concerned about the welfare of the greens and condition of their course.
If you wore metal spikes to the course, then that might be problematic. Wearing non-golf shoes can prevent you from staying grounded and might enable you to slip.
How often should you replace golf shoes?
There is no set timetable on when to replace golf shoes. Different people have different preferences and it’s truly up to them.
If a golfer feels as if the soles of their shoes are wearing out or they start experiencing discomfort and pain, then it is probably time to buy a new pair of kicks. Tears and rips are also a reason to purchase new shoes because water can seep in if the material isn’t sealed.
What Nike golf shoes does Tiger wear
Tiger Woods usually wears his own inspired TW golf shoes. At the 2019 Masters, where Woods captured his 15th major victory, he wore the Nike Air Zoom TW71 golf shoes. Woods has previously worn the Nike TW17 shoe.
Woods is notorious for wearing metal spikes so he can grab the maximum possible traction.
Spiked or spikeless
The big question you have to decide when buying a pair of golf shoes is whether you want spiked or spikeless golf shoes.
Spiked golf shoes give more grip to the golfer and keep them stable throughout their swing. It reduces their chances of slipping.
Spikeless golf shoes are created to give the golfer good traction to the floor but without large spikes. These shoes allow players to wear them on concrete or away from the course.
Golfers should try on both pairs and test them out at their local golf shops to see what their preference is.
How long do each last usually
Most Nike golf shoes have a lifespan of about 3-5 years. Depending on how often they were worn and how well they were made can play a role in how long they last.
The Air Zoom’s are our first selection for best Nike Golf shoes along with the Roshe’s thanks to the many different features they have. Both have a classy and athletic look along with their abilities to survive in a variety of conditions.
These golf shoes feature large spikes to help the golfer stay still while swinging and also give the classic Nike athletic look to them.
Nike provides the “zoom air” feature in the heel with cushioning that responds to movement and ensures comfortability.
The shoes have a water resistant upper layer so during rainy or snowy conditions your feet can stay dry and warm. On the bottom of the shoes there are removable Champ Zarma Tour spikes.
The spikes easily twist into the Tour-Lock system so they can be put on and off with ease. A midsole Fitsole sock liner was placed in the shoe to provide a firm fit and to prevent them from slipping off.
If you feel that your feet are getting soaked, Nike provides a free 1-year waterproof warranty.
These synthetic leather Zoom Airs come in five different colors from All-White to Cool Grey.
The Nike Roshe G golf shoe is our second pick for editor’s choice thanks to its athletic build and spikeless yet gripping bottom.
The Roshe G is Nike’s popular and iconic Roshe transformed into a golf shoe. The Roshe has a lightweight and breathable mesh upper that breathes nicely and allows feet to remain cool on hot or humid days. There is a phylon foam midsole that provides a strong yet soft and comfortable cushioning. This aids during long days on the course while a golfer is on their feet for extended periods of time.
The casual look and spikeless feature allows the shoes to look good both and off the links.
Due to being so lightweight, this is a great shoe for people who prefer to walk and play rather than ride.
The Roshe’s are available in a variety of colors ranging from red, white, silver, blue to even a more dressy looking leather brown.
These shoes are our selection for best budget Nike golf shoe thanks to its many features and classic look.
The Men’s Course Classics feature Nike’s original flat bottom look. This model is spikeless and can be worn on the streets casually or on the course.
The shoe is made from both real leather and synthetic leather. This model is water resistant and Nike provides a one-year warranty if you feel your feet getting wet.
Despite appearing “shorter and heavier” a low-top silhouette allows a comfortable snug fit that moves with a person’s feet. A phylon midsole allows for a lightweight feel for walking.
Nike also equipped the course classic with a pressure-mapped outsole to garner traction and a rubber cupsole to offer support.
Tiger Woods, arguably the greatest golfer to ever play the game, has released his own style of golf shoes.
The 15-time major winner’s TW’17 shoes are a mix of classic/dressy and sleek/athletic.
Stability is extremely important while swinging so Nike added a dual-strap closure system that keeps feet still while swinging. A carbon fiber composite plate enables a power transfer at impact.
This Tiger Woods inspired shoe has Flywire technology that allows the shoe to support. Unlike many other golf shoes these have seven removable spikes for added convenience. The Champ Zarma spikes easily twist and lock into the Champ Tri-Lok system so they don’t fall off while walking around the course.
There is a 2-year waterproof warranty that comes when these shoes are purchased.
The TW17s are for sale in black, white or grey editions.
The Nike React Vapor 2 golf shoe is our pick for the best women’s shoe thanks to its removable spike system, water resistant build and athletic stylish look.
The Vapor 2s have a waterproof synthetic leather upper to protect feet from the elements and maintain a comfortable as well as lightweight feel. Foam cushioning in the shoe makes golfers unafraid to walk 18 holes thanks to the softness.
With removable spikes and traction under the ball of a golfers feet, people can remain steady while swinging with the spikes gripping the turf tight.
Nike provides a 2-year waterproof warranty and seven Pivi-X spikes within the Champ Slim-Lok system.
These shoes are available in a variety of colors. The two primary colors are black and white with hints of either red, blue, silver and more.
The React Vapors are also made for male golfers.
The Nike Men’s Lunar Control II are a hybrid between golf shoe and street shoe.
With removable spikes for the course and a soft bottom for walking, these shoes can be used anywhere in a multitude of ways. Nike also added Articulated Integrated Traction to ensure good grip on the ground.
A Lunarlon foam midsole and knit collar were built in for both softness and breathability to keep your feet comfy and cool.
Keeping your heel steady throughout your swing is important so a TPU heel counter was added to ensure a snugness.
This model is available in over 15 different colorways and is available for lower prices thanks to the release date being about two years old.
With their athletic, classy and versatile builds, the Nike Roshe and Air Zooms made the editor’s choice list for us. Having one traditional shoe with spikes and the other spikeless made sense since golfers usually tend to gravitate towards one or the other. Many golfers value lightweight portability and firm traction and these shoes provide both. For Golfible, these are the two best Nike golf shoes players can own.
The Editorial Staff at Golfible is a team of golfing geeks and enthusiasts led by founder Alec Rose. All have the same obsession with golf tech, equipment updates and avoiding rain on the course.