Ashworth Cardiff Golf Shoes
Ashworth Cardiff Review: Here at Three Guys Golf, we are fortunate enough to get to try out and review lots of golf shoes. Since I primarily walk when I play golf and because I suffered a herniated disc, footwear is super important to me.
I must admit that I was a bit behind the movement to the “street shoes” that do not have traditional spikes. So after my back trouble I was of the opinion that I was going to have to sacrifice traction for comfort since I could no longer wear my old golf shoes without additional back pain. While my back would be happy for me to play in simple running shoes, the fact is that proper grip is not only important for the golf swing but also to simply gain traction while navigating the contours of the course.
When I saw the Ashworth Cardiff golf shoes, they reminded me of some of the other street shoes we have reviewed recently. However, one big difference with the Ashworth Cardiff golf shoes is that they come with a 2-year waterproof guarantee. When you play in the morning with heavy dew or in wet conditions, this is a real advantage. Besides keeping my feet dry, the Ashworth Cardiff shoes are extremely comfortable and well made. Plus, they look really cool. The white square on the heel is one feature in particular that sets them apart in terms of style.
In terms of walking, standing, and hitting balls, these have become my favorite of the shoes I’ve tried so far. You can see from the photos that the Cardiffs look a bit like a low profile ‘boat’ shoe with a ‘white wall’ around the outside of the base. The soft leather uppers are pliable and yet not sloshy or flimsy. Turning over the shoe, there are a couple of nice details. The sole is designed so that the cleats at the very front and the rear of the sole are smaller that the ones more in the ‘middle’ of the sole, such that they keep the ends of the shoe from wearing down as quickly during a ‘normal’ stride where the heel and toe tend to get the most rub on any hard surfaces.
When hitting balls, the Ashworth Cardiff cleats do a great job of grabbing the ground, and they feel very solid when walking down slick, wet embankments. While the nubs are fairly small, there are enough of them to provide ample grip and I never feel like I had any individual spikes putting pressure on my foot– like I do with many traditional shoes.
On the PGA tour you will now find Justin Rose wearing the Ashworth Cardiff golf shoes. Judging from his performance I am pretty sure he is not having any issues with grip, and if he’s like me, his knees and his hips are thanking him at the end of a long day of walking.
If you are still on the fence about moving to a street shoe, the Ashworth Cardiff golf shoes are a great entry point. I think you’ll really be impressed with how comfortable they are, and how much game is under the hood.
The Ashworth Cardiff run about $120. You can see all of the styles on their website.