COMMON FIT QUESTIONS
ARE YOU WEARING THE RIGHT SIZE?
How do you know if you're right?
Rule of Thumb
The opening at the top of your shoes should be about a thumbs width apart. Other factors, like arch height can affect this, but it is a good place to start.
Leave about ½” of space between your longest toe and the end of your shoe.
When flexed, the break of the shoe should fall perfectly with the flex of your forefoot.
If the shoe's volume fits your foot, then you may hear a whoosh sound when you insert your foot.
Arch Length (heel-to-ball measurement)
- Your feet may swell over the course of the day, so you should always get measured towards the end of the day.
- Wear an appropriate sock. If you’re getting fit for golf shoes, you should bring along the socks you usually wear on the course. Why pair a performance sock with a performance golf shoe?
- Sit down when being fit, with your leg at a 45 degree angle. Standing will create downward pressure, spreading out your feet and toes. An accurate fit is “weightless”.
- Your size will change over the course of your life. It is not uncommon for feet to flatten and widen as we age.
- Don’t look at the size on the box, let your feet tell your brain how they feel.
WHY THE FJ FIT IS THE BEST FIT
Only FJ focuses solely on golf, so our products enhance the golf experience. It is our sole passion.
FootJoy offers more sizes than any other manufacturer, you can find the full range in the custom MyJoys Program.
FJ offers more lasts (shoe shapes) than any other brand in Golf, including the Laser last developed from foot scans.
FJ products endure extensive testing to ensure every shoe is made to fit, perform, support and withstand whatever the player encounters during the round.
Week-to-week, year-to-year and tour-to-tour, more of the best players in the world wear FJ shoes than all other brands combined.
The BOA Closure System pulls the foot down and back into the shoe for the most precise fit available. FJ was the first golf company to work with BOA and is the only brand licensed to offer the exclusive, premium “heel mount”.
FJ is the leader in golf shoes and golf shoe technology through a commitment to offering every player a shoe that best suits their game and style.
FJ shoes are sized consistently across models. If you wear a 9 M in DryJoys, you are likely to be the same size in other FJ shoes, but the feel could be different. Take a look at the Fit vs. Feel page for more.
WHY FIT IS IMPORTANT
Proper fit reduces friction, prevents slipping -- which in turn, prevents blistering -- ensuring your feet remain comfortable throughout your round.
When a shoe fits, it holds its shape. Reduced friction reduces wear keeping your shoes looking better longer.
Wearing the proper size can increase your swing force as much as 21% over wearing a poorly fit shoe.
FIT vs. FEEL
Elements of shoe design that affect feel:
The shape of the shoe, for example, toe shape (full-rounded or fashion) will affect the feel of the shoe.
The opening of the shoe may affect the feel of the shoe. A blucher affords the widest opening, a V-throat the snuggest.
Shoe linings can also affect feel. Some people prefer the smooth feel of a leather upper, others may prefer fabric linings.
Many FootJoy models offer memory foam around the heel and/or the tongue to provide a snug feel.
For people who want to remove any movement in their shoe, BOA offers the most precise fit for the most snug feel.
Meshes and Grids
For people who prefer their shoe to conform to their foot and not the other way around, FootJoy offers meshes and grids.
SIGNS YOU MIGHT BE WEARING THE INCORRECT SIZE
How can you tell?
Eyelets Too Close
Shoe is too long, too wide, or both.
Eyelets Too Far Apart
Shoe is too small, too narrow, or both.
Shoe is too big.
Stretching Around the Toes
Shoe is too small.
Wear in the Heel Pocket
Your foot is likely moving within a shoe that is too big.
Wear on the Fit-Bed
Your foot is likely moving within a shoe that is too big.
Can you slip it off?
If you can slip your shoe off without unlacing it, it is too big.
In addition to blisters, poor fitting shoes can contribute to feelings of fatigue in your legs or back pain.
WHAT IF YOUR FEET ARE DIFFERENT SIZES?
If your feet are more than one size different in length or two sizes in width, you may need to order different sizes for each foot.
FootJoy is the only brand in golf to offer different sized shoes in the same pair. Available through our custom MyJoys Program.
THE WIDTH OF YOUR FOOT
While most purchase and wear shoes that are medium, or "regular" width, nearly 40% of people should be wearing shoes that are narrower or wider than they believe.
Top eyelets should be roughly a thumb's width apart
| It is important to note that other factors, such as arch height, might affect this, but it is a good guideline to consider. |
A sign that your shoe may be too narrow.
A sign that your shoe may be too wide.
The most common fit problem we see is when people go up a size because a shoe feels tight.
- From XN to XXW for Men
- From N to W for Women
THE SHAPE OF YOUR ARCH
A Flat or Low arch will leave a print of all or nearly all of the bottom of the foot.
A Normal or Medium arch will leave a print of your heel and forefoot connected by a slightly narrower band.
A High arch will leave a print with a much narrower connecting band.
A U-throat opening may be easiest to put on.
You may want a wider shoe for more volume.
You want to feel the support under your arch.
A lower-volume shoe with a V-throat opening may be right for you.
Look for shoes with good stability in the midsole, such as Pro/SL and ContourFIT .
COMMON FOOT PROBLEMS
If you are experiencing regular discomfort (or pain) in your back, legs or feet while golfing, FootJoy recommends consulting your doctor. It is not uncommon for golfers to assume that their back or leg pain is caused by their swing (or not golfing enough!). We often hear in fittings that consulting a podiatrist and changing to a shoe that offers the right support relieves their discomfort.
Pronation is simply the natural “roll” of your foot as you walk, but over-pronation can cause pain when you walk, as well as other issues such as back pain. Over-pronation is sometimes associated with flat or low arches. If you have been told by a doctor that you over-pronate follow your doctor's shoe recommendations, but we would suggest you try a shoe with good midsole support, like the ContourFIT.
For people who have been diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis we strongly recommend consulting your Podiatrist for their recommendations before selecting a shoe. But in our experience in fitting golfers, we suggest you look for shoes with:
- Firm heel support
- Strong arch support
- Minimal midsole torquing (midsole is unable to twist or bend)
- Flex only at the ball of the foot
- Secure lacing (a BOA lacing system might be optimal)
The most important factor to consider when you want to use orthotics with your golf shoes is fit-bed width. The fit-bed is part of the shoe design. If your orthotics are thicker than the fit-bed, you may not have enough volume in the shoe for your foot. If your orthotics are thinner than the fit-bed, then you might not have enough cushioning.
To ensure the best fit with your orthotics, FootJoy strongly recommends that you either:
- Bring your orthotics with you to be fit by a trained professional.
- Bring your properly fit golf shoes with you to your doctor to create orthotics specifically to work with your shoes.
SIZE CONVERSION CHART
WIDTH CONVERSION CHART
|Common Sizing||Alpha Sizing|
|X Narrow (XN)||3A, 2A, A|
|Narrow (N)||A, B, C*|
|Medium (M)||C*, D, E|
|Wide (W)||E, 2E|
|X Wide (XW)||3E|
|XX Wide (XXW)||3E, 4E|
|* A narrow C will generally take a Narrow, while a wider C will likely take a Medium|