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Spikes or Spikeless  

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  1. 1. Spikes or Spikeless?

    • Spikes only!
    • Mostly spikes, sometimes spikeless
    • About 50:50
    • Mostly spikeless, sometimes spikes
    • Spikeless only

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Have 16+ pair of golf shoes……about half n half spiked/spikeless.

Current favorite pair is my Duca de Cosma



Driver: image.png.6ba1c8a254ad57aa05e527b74c2e04ba.png0311 XF 10.5* w/Project X Cypher 40 gram Senior shaft

Fairways:  image.png.80321f01fc46450b6f428c7daf7b3471.png0211 5W & 7W w/ Evenflo Riptide CB  regular shaft and Tour Edge E521 9W w/Fubuki HD50 regular shaft

Hybrid: None in bag at the moment

IronsTitleist T300 5-PW w/Fubuki MV Senior graphite shafts w/Golf Pride Tour

Wedges: Titleist T300 48* GW w/Fubuki MV Senior shaft and Edison forged 53* and 57* wedges with KB PGI Senior shafts(80 grm).

Putter: 33” Evnroll ER2 w/Evnroll Gravity Grip or Bellum Winmore Model 707,   or Nike Method Core Drone  w/Evnroll Gravity Grip

Bag: Vice cart bag(Black/Lime). 

Ball: Maxfli Tour CG, Titleist Pro V1x or Titleist TruFeel

Using Shot Scope X5 and MG4000 Rangefinder


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I REALLY like the Footjoy Premier Field which don't have "spikes" but I'm not sure they can be considered "spikeless" - extremely comfortable and light, but most of my shoes are more traditional soft spiked (Traditions Shield Tip, Traditions Saddles, & my favorite tourney shoes - white Premier Tarlows) .

  • Titleist TSR3 9* (A2 setting) Driver - Graphite Design Tour AD UB-5 R1
  • Titleist TSR2+ 3 Wood - Graphite Design Tour AD UB-5 R1
  • Srixon ZX 5W
  • Callaway Paradym 4-PW
  • Titleist Vokey SM9 50-08, 54-10 & 58-08
  • Scotty Cameron Super Select Newport 2.5
  • 2023 Titleist ProV1
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In my world, there are no longer any "spikes" clubs got rid of them to save on their flooring bills a long time ago.  I miss the sound of steel on concrete and the grip you got from them. Many younger players never have had the experience of "real" spikes and never will. Too bad, I loved them and used them up until the last day. Still have a brand new pair of Foot Joy classics with steel spikes, unused new in the box.

You get poor footing from either molded soles or molded soles with screw on's.  Now days, I just swing easier, hit the ball shorter and less accurately and accept it.  But boy does the carpet in the clubhouse look better!

If it were up to me I'd bring back real steel spikes in a heartbeat.  Now that's it's legal to tap down spike marks that is no longer an issue, while the "softspikes" dent up the greens something horrible, when the sun is low you can see all greens today look like waffles. You can't tap down softspike marks, it would be like turning a waffle into a pancake.

Maybe we should all go to boat shoes with smooth soles?

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EPIC Driver, EPIC 3 Wood, EPIC hybrid, Adams irons, Callaway wedges, Scotty putter and Titleist ball.

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Professional Tour Players = 95% spiked shoes / 30% wearing metal spike combinations.  All but 2 wins on PGA Tour this year in spiked shoes.

Superior traction means superior performance and Pro's realize the benefits of traction and stability for more distance and better accuracy.  Distance from the ground up.

Spikeless offers comfort and casual styles, but after extended use, lose their traction performance substantially.  With no replaceable spikes, you are left with an expensive (but waterproof) pair of gardening shoes.

Replying to a few post on here about Tiger Woods current shoe preference.  Tiger is currently wearing FJ Signature Series spike models with Champ Pro Stinger metal cleats.  Tiger has worn metal exclusively in competition rounds or many years.

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The biggest issue with spikes on the greens, whether they be metal or Softspikes, is the people wearing them and dragging their feet.  There is etiquette there also.  They can be tapped down and repaired properly but people fail to do so or do know how.  Spent a few extra minutes this morning repairing spike marks at our course where some "idiot" had been obviously doing the electric slide around the flag.  Mission accomplished.  Bringing back metal spikes for the masses, NOT.  The pros know what they are doing and not everyone on the tour wears them.  A lot of players are wearing the FJ Premiere shoes and some of those are spikeless.  Even Tiger is wearing FJ Premiere shoes, said only shoe he could find that is stable enough for him.     


Driver - TSi3 10.75* - Fujikura Speeder 661 TR

Fairway - TSi2 14.25* - Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.1 

Fairway - TSR1 17.0* - Fujikura Speeder Tour  74

Hybrid - TSR1 20.0* - Fujikura Atmos Red Tour 75  

Hybrid - TSR1 23.0* - Fujikura Atmos Red Tour 75

Irons - T350 (2023) - 6-48W - True Temper AMT Red 95g-107g

Wedges - Vokey SM9 - 52.08F, 56.10S - True Temper AMT Red 94                                                     Vokey SM7 - 58.12D (Snow flaked "Z" ) - N.S. PRO 950GH                                                  **  GolfPride MCC +4 Midsize Grips  (all woods/irons/wedges)

Putter - 2020 Scotty Cameron Select Custom Newport 2 35"                         **  GolfPride SNSR 104 Grip 

Golf Ball - TITLEIST - Prov1s (2023)                                                                              

Golf Bags - TITLEIST  - Cart 14 (black), Mid Size Tour (black/white)

Golf Glove - FootJoy (StaSof, Flex), Shoes, Apparel and Outerwear                     

Rangefinder - Bushnell Pro XE


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Spikeless.  No changing those damn spikes and the traction is just fine.  They wear out just buy a new pair.

What's In the Bag

Callaway Rogue ST Max 10.5° driver w/stiff Xcaliber Avalon 5 shaft
Tour Edge Exotics EXS 220 3-wood w/stiff Xcaliber Mystic 5 shaft
Tour Edge Exotics EXS 220 3-hybrid w/stiff Xcaliber RT shafts shaft
Malby KE4 Max irons with reg Xcaliber RT shafts
Callaway Jaws full toe 60° wedge with Project X Catalyst 80 wedge graphite shaft
Odyssey White Hot OG #7 CH stroke lab putter
Callaway Org 14 bag

I'm not over the hill.  I'm on the back nine.

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Just stay off concrete. I bought 2 pairs of Sketchers spikeless shoes and did an experiment. I alternatively used 1 pair only on the course (put them on when I got to the first tee). The other pair I put on at home and wore them to the pro shop, the range, the clubhouse afterwards, to the IGA store on the way home, etc. The all-activity shoes were wasted after less than 2 months - the other pair is still functional after 6 months.

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Here's my decision factor:

1. When you have a pair of soft spike shoes, and the spikes wear out, you buy a new set of spikes for $15.

2. When you have spikeless shoes and nubs wear off the soles, you buy a new pair of shoes. Nope.


I take care of my shoes so they last for several years, so it's spikes for me.

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On 3/14/2022 at 4:13 PM, ChuckZ said:

Just depends on how I feel when I get up in the morning.  I am a FJ guy and the only brand I will wear.  This is based on over thirty five years of experience with great performance, fit, wear and customer service.  Still have a good collection of MyJoy DryJoy tours, MyJoy Icon, which are spiked shoes.  The new Premiere and Tradition shoes I have in my rotation are spiked are some of the best FJ has made in years.  Do play a lot of rounds in my many Pro/SLs.  Waiting on the new Fields in white/red to be released which are spikeless. Find all these styles grip well in all kinds of weather.  I have two pair of the Flex XP and five pair of the Flex but do not wear them to play golf in.  Some golfers do, but I wear them to work in, for casual wear and on the range.   They do have enough grip to play in on a dry sunny day, unless you are trying to swing out of your shoes.  😃

I was a FJ guy to until I got a pair from Bunkerless Golf, like wearing slippers


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2 hours ago, labillyboy said:

In my world, there are no longer any "spikes" clubs got rid of them to save on their flooring bills a long time ago. 

You are referring to metal spikes...right?  Can't imagine clubs not allowing the shoes available today with non-metal "spikes" on the bottoms, the ones that are rubber or plastic. 

I too miss the sound of metal spikes crunching on concrete. 

Edited by RickK


Driver - Taylormade M6

3wd - Taylormade RBZ

Hybrids - Taylormade RBZ

Irons - Taylormade RSi1

Putter - Macgregor Smoothie

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I used to be spike in wet and spikeless summer conditions.  I started wearing some Code chaos spikeless in the winter and I found them to have as good as traction as spiked esp. after getting the spikes clogged with grass.  No issues with grass sticking to the spikeless.  My only complaint was the Code chaos heals on the inside wore out in 1/3 of a season.  I sent them in for warranty but was told that was normal.  They are the only shoes to have ever worn out so fast.  The traction bottom was still like new. 

Driver Ping 410+ w/  TENSI orange 60 shaft stiff

Ping 3W 425 TENSI orange shaft stiff

Ping 5W 425 TENSI orange shaft stiff

Ping 4 Hybrid orange shaft stiff

Taylormade 790 5 -A irons w/ Aerotech Steelfiber I 95 stiff shafts

Titliest Wedges  SM7 - 54.14 F grind, 58.10 S grind 

Ping Ketcsh Putter

Arccos Sensors




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I have a really bad right knee and any slipping can end my golf week.  I jumped on the spike less bus but found that they tend to get filled up with dirt and then they slip.   On super hot dry ground I wear my off road running shoes and they hold really well.

Driver: Titleist TSR 3 10* Accura TZ6 M3 65g

Fairways: Callaway Rogue 15* Matrix Ozik TP 6 HD stiff 

Hybrid: Taylormade M1 19* Matrix Ozik Altus stiff, Titleist TSI 4 & 5 Hybrids Mitsubishi Tensi AV 65 HY stiff   

Irons:  KZG Forged III 6-P Accura iS7

Wedges: Cleveland CBX  50*, Taylormade MG 3 Tiger grind 56 bent to 54* & Renegar RxF  58*

Putter: Positive Putter's Custom P2 (think Edel putter meets Heavy Putter)

Ball: Srixon Z Star Divide                          

All clubs have Winn Dri-Tac Wraps oversized



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Last year I decided to give spikeless a try.  I've always been an Adidas guy wearing the Tour 360 spiked for several years.  Bought a pair of their CodeChaos spikeless and loved them.  Great traction and comfort.  Like them so much I picked up a second pair. 

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Mostly spiked. Walk most of the time and there are a couple steep parts where you have to walk on the asphalt cart path and I do not feel safe in spikeless shoes if there is any moisture on the path.

:titleist-small:Driver TSR3 B1 HZDS BLK; :titleist-small:3W TSI 15;:titleist-small:5W TSI; :mizuno-small: Irons JPX 921 Forged 4-PW; :cleveland-small:Wedges 50,54,58 degree; :ping-small:Anser putter (circa 1960);  :titleist-small: Prov1 ball



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I play early mornings, often times the grass is still wet from the morning dew.  Spikeless just didn't grip well enough for me.  My feet kept slipping.  I ended up giving them away...

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:srixon-small: ZX 3W
:cobra-small: RadSpeed 3-hybrid
:taylormade-small: P790 (2021) irons (4-GW)
635785482_Cleveland3.png.bafd9f7d003e9f8afcafc6c28e307467.png  CBX-2 SW & LW
:EVNROLL: ER7 Putter
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For me, it all depends on the course conditions.  If it’s going to be wet, I’m going with spikes, if it’s on the dryer side, I go spikeless.  However, my overall preference is spikeless.

I play a Titleist TS3 9 degree driver, Ping G410 14.5 degree 3 wood, Titleist 818 H1 19 degree hybrid, Titleist 718 CB 4-9 irons, Vokey 46, 52, 56 and 60 degree wedges, with an Odyssey Black Series 1 putter.

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Loved my Puma Faas Lite and then Skechers for years. But I have trouble with my weight transfer and need all the traction I can get. Love my Puma Ignite PWRADAPT withe disc system. Molds to my feet and I feel anchored.

Callaway Epic Max driver

Callaway Big Bertha 3 hybrid

Callaway Mavrik Max 4-6 hybrids

Callaway Mavrik Max 7-AW irons

Callaway MD 5 sand and lob wedges

Odyssey Stroke Lab Doublewide putter

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