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Cameron Diaz’s Answer For Improved Golf Performance

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

Some time back Cameron Diaz was asked why she plays golf barefooted and replied, "You're connected to the ground... You feel the earth speaking to and saying, 'A little to the left, a little to the right'.

Sounds like it could have come from the lips of Bagger Vance or Shivas Irons. But no, it’s a Hollywood actress who does make sense.

Many, many years ago I was fascinated by the story of how Sam Snead would head for the hills and play barefooted to bring back the feel he’d temporarily lost in his golf swing. Today I’m still fascinated by the story and another which says that Sam during a practice round at Augusta played barefooted to prove his point.

Perhaps it’s because I play on a links-style course and have no need for clobbery golf shoes to get a solid grip on wet ground in the winter, I’m always on the look out for lightweight golf footwear – Wearing sneakers which some golfers do wear with great effect are regretfully not acceptable to me and likewise the dress code on some golf courses.

Problem solved and can’t wait for them to become available in New Zealand.

The Golf Channel's Fashion Focus announces “Adidas Samba dances into golf” and it’s good news for Cameron and the many other golfers who’d like to play barefooted but are not allowed to.

The Adidas engineers have, “employed the company’s THINTECH low-profile technology, to get golfers’ feet closer to the ground for improved stability and support, no matter how fast or slow they are swinging. The textile, synthetic upper in the Samba Golf is water-resistant and designed to be as durable as it is lightweight.”

The Samba for golfers, “maintains that shoe’s classic silhouette and the company’s famous Three-Stripes design and features a durable, suede toe guard and a tan gum sole equipped with six cleats and an array of nubs for optimal traction.”

Why the Samba, and not of the other Adidas golf footwear brands? It’s the sleek low-to-the-ground look, improved stability and support.

Will they handle the wet wintery conditions of inland golf courses?

The Samba was introduced in 1950 and, "was designed to help soccer players train on hard, icy ground, largely thanks to the suction on the gum sole.” They also proved to be beneficial on the wet soccer fields of Europe.

Here’s the link to the article in the Golf Channel  

Quote of the Day

“A good way to feel good balance is to swing barefooted. Take off your shoes and socks and tee up a 7-iron. As you make your swings, focus on keeping your feet “underneath” your body. In order to attain this centeredness, you can’t take a mad lash at the ball.” – Barry Goldstein at Golf Tips

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