Pros' Golf Shoes
Which golf shoes do PGA Tour pros use? Which is the most popular golf shoe on the PGA Tour / European Tour? These are two common questions we hear a lot. Interestingly enough, the answers aren't easy to find. Until now. Please allow us to applaud ourselves for putting all this informatino in one place! Joking aside, this information is useful knowledge, because, well, if the best players in the world wear these shoes, they must be good enough for us. Below you'll find a weekly update of the winner of the tournament that week and which golf shoes they wore. We've also compiled a list of the top 20 golfers in the world, based on the official world golf rankings, and their shoe of choice.
What Golf Shoes do the Pros Wear?
Billy Horschel was the latest winner on the European Tour with victory at the BMW PGA Championship, which was held at Wentworth GC in Virginia Water, England. He became the first American to win a Rolex Series event, where he was wearing the FootJoy Premiere Series - Tarlow. The FJ Premiere Series have become one of the most prolific on the PGA and European Tour. Ladies and gentlemen, here are Billy Horschel's golf shoes:
Golf Shoes of the Best Players in the World
(Top 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings)
Since we're shoe nerds, we couldn't just put up a list without dissecting it further. First, we'll break it down percentage-wise as to the most popular golf shoe brands among the best 20 players in the world (the percentage of how many top players are using the particular brand):
1) FootJoy 35%
2) Nike 25%
2) Adidas 25%
3) ASICS 5%
3) PUMA 5%
3) Under Armour 5%
Interestingly enough, when you expand from the top the 20 to the top 50 players in the world, FootJoy comes out head and shoulders above the rest in terms of popularity, with roughly 40% of of the top 50 wearing their golf shoes. Second is Nike, with about 20% of the top 50 sporting their shoes.
In regards to the specific golf shoe of choice among the best players in the world:
1) FootJoy Premiere Series - 4 of the top 20 players wear it = 20%
2) Adidas ZG21 - 3 of the top 20 players wear it = 15%
3) Adidas CodeChaos - 2 of the top 20 players wear it = 10%
An interesting observation is that although the FootJoy Pro/SL is easily among the most popular shoes on the PGA and European Tours, It is worn by only one of the top 20 players in the world.
This list is constantly changing, as do sponsorships and world rankings. However, at this moment, we can say that Nike and FootJoy are the most popular golf shoe brands among the best players on the PGA and European Tours. It's worth noting that FootJoy's long-lasting quintessential golf shoe, the ICON Black, has slowly given way to the new Premiere Series, which is becoming one of the most popular for the elite players on the PGA/European Tour.