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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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On 3/14/2022 at 9:06 PM, GaDawg said:

FootJoy 51771 Green Suede


When Ken Greene used to play the PGA Tour he wore a pair just like them

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Driver ---- Honma G1_X Stock tuned Honma R shaft---- 3 wood TM V-Steel Aldila 65G R Flex 15*--- 7 Wood TM V-Steel UST Pro Force 65 R flex 21*---- 9 wood TM V-Steel stock MAS Stiff shaft 24*---  Irons 4 thru 9 Mac Muirfield TT black label R-- PW M-85 Macgregor 48* S-400 Sensicore --- SW  Vokey SM-4 51* stock shaft--- LW Vokey SM 5 L grind 58* stock shaft--- Putter -- Original Reuter Bulls Eye Standard---. Bag Old School Jones Original non stand





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

Current favorite pair is my Duca de Cosma



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Driver: image.png.6ba1c8a254ad57aa05e527b74c2e04ba.pngPXG 0211 w/Evenflo Riptide CB Regular shaft

Fairways:  image.png.80321f01fc46450b6f428c7daf7b3471.pngPXG 0211 5W & 7W w/ Evenflo Riptide CB  regular shaft and Tour Edge E521 9W w/Fubuki HD50 regular shaft

Hybrid: Ben Hogan VKTR 3 Hybrid(18*)w/Recoil ES regular shaft

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

Wedges: Cleveland RTX Zipcore (50*/54*/58*) w/DG Spinner wedge shafts 

Putter: 33”   Evnroll ER2 w/Evnroll Gravity Grip 

Bag: Vice cart bag(Black). 

Ball: Maxfli Tour CG & Titleist Pro V1x.

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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) .

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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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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.     

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DRIVER - TSi3 10.75* - Fujikura Speeder 661 TR S   

FAIRWAY - TSi2 15.0* - Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.1 S

HYBRID - 816H1 18.0* - Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 8.8 Tour Spec S

HYBRID - 818H1 21.0* - Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 8.8 Tour Spec S

IRONS - T300 (2019) - 5-W - True Temper AMT Red 107g-95gm R300

WEDGES - VOKEY SM9 - 52.08F, 56.10S - True Temper AMT Red 94gm R300                                                           VOKEY SM7 - 58.12D (Snow flaked "Z" ) - N.S. PRO 950GH R300       

***  GolfPride MC+4 Midsize Grips  (all woods/irons/wedges) 

PUTTER (Primary) - 2022 PING PLD  - 35" Anser Milled Black Matte                                                    *** GolfPride SNSR 104 Grip

PUTTER -  2020 CAMERON SPECIAL SELECT CUSTOM  - 35" Newport 2                                 *** GolfPride SNSR 104 Grip

GOLF BALL - TITLEIST - Prov1 /-Prov1x 

GOLF BAG - TITLEIST - Midsize Tour Bag Black/Black/Red and Black Cart 14 

Footjoy | Mike Fay Golf

GOLF GLOVE - FOOTJOY - StaSof, Hyper Flex, StaCooler, Rain Glove

SHOES - FOOTJOY - Premieres, Traditions, Tradition MyJoys, Pro/SLs, Flex, Flex XP, DryJoy Tour MyJoys, Icon MyJoys, Rain Boots. 


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Still miss metal spikes.  Have never found soft spikes, or been able to develop the skill, to allow me the same aggressive swing.


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

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Callaway Rogue ST Max driver w/reg Mitsubishi Tensei AV blue 55
Tour Edge Exotics EXS 220 3-wood w/reg Fuijikura Air Speeder 40 shaft
Tour Edge Exotics EXS 220 3-hybrid w/reg KBS 70 shaft
Titleist AP1 714 irons 5-PW & GW w/reg Fujikura Atmos 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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I need that secure base that I can only get from spikes. I would still wear metal if they were allowed. And yes, I know how to walk on a green without dragging my feet.

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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. 

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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. 

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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 

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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: Callaway Epic Flash 10.5 * Accra Tour Z TZ6 55 M3 pure 

Fairways: Callaway Maverick 15*  Accra FX 2.0-100F M3 pure  

Hybrid: Callaway Maverick 4&5 Hybrids Accra FX 2.0-100H60 M3 pure  

Irons:  PXG Gen 3 0311 P 6-P  Fujikura Pro 75 pure

Wedges: Renegar RxF  50*,54* & 58*

Chipper: Cleveland Smart Sole C 46*  Great for just off the greens in the rough 

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

Ball: Pro V1, Left Dot if I can get them

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.

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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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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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