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Hard, soft or no spikes at all, that is the question?

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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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Keeping the green in good shape, how to repair a pitch mark and more

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Keeping the green in good shape is one of the hardest tasks of the grounds team on any golf course. It takes hours of effort to maintain a good playing surface but only a few minutes of carelessness to spoil it.

In this article we will discuss what you can do to help keep the greens at your course in good condition.

When a golf ball lands on the green from a height it will leaPutting golf manve a small depression in the surface of the green known as a pitch mark. This can easily be repaired with a tee peg of a special tool designed for the job –  Pitch Mark Repairer. Simply lift the soil up from the back of the depression and then tap down flat with your putter head. Agronomy studies have shown that if a pitch mark is not repaired then it can take over 21 days to fully recover. Also look for pitch marks that may have been missed by groups in front of you.

There has been many advancements in golf shoe technology over the last few years including soft spikes. If you are still using metal spikes consider replacing with the green friendly soft spikes. The performance of these newer soft spike is equal to or if not better than the older metal spikes.

When you are on the green always place the flag down on the green, or fringe if possible. Throwing or dropping the flagstick can make a depression in the green that could spoil the putting surface for the next group behind you.

Avoid pulling trollies or driving golf buggies on the green, this also goes for the fringe area. If you are not carrying your golf bag then look for signs and pathways that the course staff have laid out for you. this will help maintain the area.

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