How often do you change the spikes on your golf shoe? If you answered “Huh?” We’re here to help. With the increasing popularity of spikeless golf shoes, too many golfers forget that most spiked golf shoes have the option of replacing cleats when they wear out. We caught up with Mark MacNeill, Product Manager at Softspikes and Champ, to catch up on the most important information about exchanging golf spikes.
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This is how you can tell whether your shoes have replaceable spikes or not
The first thing you should do is check the underside of your spiked golf shoe to see what type of cleats you are working with. Most cleats have a brand name and wrench holes – the most obvious indication that your spikes are interchangeable.
Replacing the spikes essentially means renewing the bottom of your golf shoe. If you play under normal conditions and the upper of the shoe is made of high quality materials, replacing the spikes is an inexpensive alternative to replacing the shoe.
“If the tires on your car are worn out, don’t buy a new car, just change the tires,” said MacNeill. “It’s a similar concept with spikes.”
How Often Should You Change Your Spikes?
As a general rule of thumb, change your spikes every 15-20 rounds, or about twice per season for the average golfer. MacNeill emphasizes that this cadence can vary depending on the conditions and type of your golfer.
“Someone who plays in harsh, humid conditions in Southern California or Arizona, or walks a lot of cart lanes, will run through spikes a lot faster,” MacNeill said. “And on the other hand, a golfer who is more inclined to use a cart will see more life on his spikes.”
Sometimes a tweak or two can make a big difference
MacNeill also emphasized that you don’t necessarily have to change all of the spikes at once. For example, most right-handed golfers have more wear and tear on their back right heel than their top left toe, so you can swap out the most worn spikes as needed for a quick boost in traction. Spikes or no spikes, it’s a good idea to flip the shoe every few turns to make sure the traction elements are in good condition.
“If you are serious about your golf game, you want to take the variables out,” MacNeill said. “Golfers will adjust their driver one degree but ignore traction. If you’re serious about getting better, why not start with your feet?”