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?
Patrick Cantlay was the latest winner on the PGA Tour with victory at the ZOZO Championship at Sherwood CC in Thousand Oaks, California. He hit a clutch shot on 15, which set up birdie, and eventually beat John Rahm and Justin Thomas by a stroke wearing the FootJoy DryJoys Tour. This is easily one of the best performing classic-style golf shoes out there. Ladies and gentlemen, here are Patrick Cantlay'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) Nike 30%
1) Adidas 30%
2) FootJoy 25%
3) PUMA 5%
3) Under Armour 5%
3) ASICS 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) Adidas CodeChaos - 3 of the top 20 players wear it = 15%
1) Adidas Tour360 XT - 3 of the top 20 players wear it = 15%
1) Nike Roshe G Tour - 3 of the top 20 players wear it = 15%
2) FootJoy ICON Black - 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's only worn by 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 no surprise that FootJoy's long-lasting, quintessential classic golf shoe, the ICON Black/Shield Tip, is the most popular for the elite players on the PGA/European Tour.