In this post, Golf Talk is discussing the issue. With most golf clubs requesting the use of soft spikes and banning metal spikes from their greens, which is better? Are golfers better off using hard, soft or no spike shoes when playing.
Golf shoes have come a long way over the years, originally they had longer metal spikes which allowed good traction and stability whilst swinging the club but as you know, the spikes were the main culprits for spike marks and the damage caused to greens. Some golf tour players still use this method of spike but as the rules of golf state ‘players cannot repair spike marks on greens’, everyday club players have moved away from metal.
A lot of research and technology has been put into this question, which has allowed the use of plastic or soft spike shoes to become more wide spread, many golf courses now only allow play with this type of shoe as they help keep the fairways and the greens in good condition. Although golfers say they the metal ones sounded better when walking to the 19th hole!
Another advantage to the soft spike is they are lighter which I’m sure your feet will like better, they also flex and bend whilst walking, which adds to the comfortability. When purchasing soft spike check how to remove the old spikes and replace with the new ones – you may need tools to do this properly. These tools can be bought from the same retailers as the spikes.
In recent times, the spike-less shoe has made an appearance, these shoes have dimpled rubber soles and have proven to be good on the driving range and in the summer where the ground is harder. However, they do not have the same traction as a spike (they have been found to be less helpful when you are trying to play out of the rough) but look like a sports shoe so its down to choice – good looking shoes with less grip or a lightweight shoe with a soft spike that will help not to mark the green.
You have heard our thoughts, we will leave the decision to you …
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The Golf Talk team