For casual golfers, socks may seem like an afterthought. They are necessary for comfort, but they serve a very simple purpose. Why complicate it with fancy technology and design elements when it’s just there to act as a buffer between your golf shoes and your foot? It is possible to play golf with any old pair of socks, but the real question is: should you?
Better Climate Control for Outdoor Wear
Different golf socks come with different features. Many include some kind of foot climate control. Temperature is vital if you want to stay mobile and comfortable. Overheating on a hot summer day can make it difficult to spend much time out on the green. On the other hand, a flimsy pair of socks won’t keep your feet warm if you plan to spend a brisk autumn morning working on your swing. The average sock typically doesn’t address these situations, or at least doesn’t address them well.
A good example is the Champion mens double dry high performance low cut sock. With a regular pair of socks, you’re going to get a similar material all around which can be suffocating in hot weather. Champion’s mens golf socks, on the other hand, include mesh panels that provide ventilation to keep your foot cooler. They still offer cushioning and support, but without smothering your foot or making you sweat. The cooler you stay, the longer you can play!
Golf Socks Offer Good Blister Protection
Blisters can really put you off your game. They are unpleasant and painful, and a risk if you spend a lot of time wandering the green. Golf socks are typically designed to minimize the chances of forming a blister. As long as you choose the right type and wear a shoe with the correct fit, your feet should remain blister-free while you play.
Some golf socks are thinner, which may seem like a negative but can actually be very helpful. Thinner material will allow your foot to move and shift comfortably as you walk and swing. Regular socks may be too thick and prohibit movement that could impact your game.
Golf Socks Can Fight Odors & Bacteria
Golf is a sport, and just like any other sport, it can make you sweat. Sweat can lead to odors and bacteria build up. In regular socks, this build up would likely remain and become a worse problem over time. Some golf socks are designed to combat odors and bacteria. Styles like our Adidas soft wool golf socks include natural odor and bacteria resistance. They also feature moisture wicking fibers that pull water away from feet so your skin stays dry. Quality golf socks can prevent sock-related embarrassment in the locker room.
Do You Need Golf Socks?
Should you buy a pair of golf socks? If you’re a new player testing out the game, then you are probably safe sticking with your regular socks – at least for the time being. If you are serious and/or frequent player, then a pair of golf socks can make a world of difference in your comfort and confidence on and off the green!