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  1. 1. Spikes or Spikeless?

    • Spikes only!
      66
    • Mostly spikes, sometimes spikeless
      61
    • About 50:50
      36
    • Mostly spikeless, sometimes spikes
      50
    • Spikeless only
      56


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Spiked.  Playing in Western PA with all of the hills and side hill lies spikeless shoes are a great way to roll an ankle.  Played a total of one round with spikeless shoes.  Fell off of three shots and shot my worst round in years.  They were returned the next day.  

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Wear spikes most of the time now. I found modern pairs can be really comfortable - I have a pair of Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour 2 and they are as comfortable as my spikeless shoes, so I always stick to spikes for the extra traction.

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On 3/13/2022 at 10:04 PM, Middler said:

Just for fun, it seems spikeless continue to gain converts - me for one after decades spikes only. I only wear spikes (FJ DryJoys) if it’s sloppy wet AND I’m in a riding cart. Walking or not sloppy wet, I’m fully converted to spikeless (2 pairs Adidas CodeChaos) It’s amazing how good they’ve become!

I get those who’ve never tried spikeless, I wouldn’t consider it until I started walking 18 regularly again. I was wrong about todays spikeless golf shoes, more comfortable and surprising traction IME. I walk in my CodeChaos once or twice a week, there’s no way I could walk 18 in my DryJoys…

What's the point in not walking when playing golf?

If and when the day comes when I can only play if I have to ride on one of those infernal buggies, (or carts as the Americans call them), it's the day to pack it in and quit.

For me the whole essence of the game is the walk.  I want to feel the terrain under my feet.  It enables me to be at one with the game and be able to see and play the shots I need to.

I can never see myself riding in a "Fatmobile".

 

 

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I left my shoes at home by accident last Sunday and ended up playing in my sneakers. Didn't notice any difference whatsoever and I didn't slip once.

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I was a spike guy until selected for the Decathlon Inesis Waterproof "spikeless" shoe test last year.  "Spikeless" because the sole has these...

451593958_Afterseason4washedbottom800.jpg.48f38d7fbc70771a52e5b19ccedb2e48.jpg...that look like spikes but they are molded in so I guess that means they are not spikes.  You can read the report linked in my signature down there 👇

I remarked to someone last week that I am still wearing them on extended test and they still perform as good as my spikes ever did, they are as comfortable as any shoe I have ever worn, they are still as waterproof as ever and I still don't avoid walking through water up to ankle deep, and there is no real change to the wear on the spikes now an additional 50 rounds mostly walking has been done with them, so now worn for about 170 rounds of golf.  ⛳

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5 hours ago, YamYam said:

What's the point in not walking when playing golf?

If and when the day comes when I can only play if I have to ride on one of those infernal buggies, (or carts as the Americans call them), it's the day to pack it in and quit.

For me the whole essence of the game is the walk.  I want to feel the terrain under my feet.  It enables me to be at one with the game and be able to see and play the shots I need to.

I can never see myself riding in a "Fatmobile".

40 years ago I would have agreed with you, but after running a marathon,  playing volleyball and two softball games a week (slo-pitch and fast pitch) and two knee surgeries, I needed an activity that was easier on my knees.  I didn't take up golf until I was 44 years old, and golf is now my main activity at 75.  Sometimes I walk; mostly I ride because it's more enjoyable than being in pain.

I hear you about not wanting to ride, but think about what you will be doing instead of golf in 30-40 years and then revisit this post then.

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I only wear spiked shoes as I apply a lot of ground force and “spin out” when wearing spikeless shoes. I occasionally spin out even in spikes but that is more so when the spikes need replacing… which I do frequently. 

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Play exclusively with spikeless and in all conditions. Haven't had an issue with slipping or spinning out more than once or twice a year in 50+ rounds. Add to that they are easier to walk around in on cart paths and parking lot and it's a done deal for me. I do the like the look of an old classic spiked shoe but can't justify the need for me in my game. I only swing my driver about 105 mph so not really any chance of me slipping with spikeless. Very pleased with the Cuater Moneymaker Lux even though I REALLY wanted to like the Ecco Bioms. 

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I just made the switch from spikes to spikeless, this year, and I don't see myself ever going back to spikes.  Have had several pair of Nike and Adidas spiked shoes in the past, and am now wearing Ecco S-Three spineless shoes.  I walk a couple rounds a week and love them!  No issues with traction!

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2 hours ago, Kenny B said:

40 years ago I would have agreed with you, but after running a marathon,  playing volleyball and two softball games a week (slo-pitch and fast pitch) and two knee surgeries, I needed an activity that was easier on my knees.  I didn't take up golf until I was 44 years old, and golf is now my main activity at 75.  Sometimes I walk; mostly I ride because it's more enjoyable than being in pain.

I hear you about not wanting to ride, but think about what you will be doing instead of golf in 30-40 years and then revisit this post then.

 

... I have a remote cart and always walk if I can. But other than medical conditions, which many have and obviously can prevent them from walking, I have played mountain courses that are impossible to walk. And of course places like Phoenix or Palm Springs attempting to walk in 105-115* heat during the summer months is a recipe for heat stroke.   

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8 hours ago, YamYam said:

What's the point in not walking when playing golf?

If and when the day comes when I can only play if I have to ride on one of those infernal buggies, (or carts as the Americans call them), it's the day to pack it in and quit.

For me the whole essence of the game is the walk.  I want to feel the terrain under my feet.  It enables me to be at one with the game and be able to see and play the shots I need to.

I can never see myself riding in a "Fatmobile".

3 hours ago, Kenny B said:

40 years ago I would have agreed with you, but after running a marathon,  playing volleyball and two softball games a week (slo-pitch and fast pitch) and two knee surgeries, I needed an activity that was easier on my knees.  I didn't take up golf until I was 44 years old, and golf is now my main activity at 75.  Sometimes I walk; mostly I ride because it's more enjoyable than being in pain.

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... I have a remote cart and always walk if I can. But other than medical conditions, which many have and obviously can prevent them from walking, I have played mountain courses that are impossible to walk. And of course places like Phoenix or Palm Springs attempting to walk in 105-115* heat during the summer months is a recipe for heat stroke.   

Preference to walk, absolutely.

Absolutely have to walk, not on some courses...

Just south of the rolling landscape here is ski country and in the summer the ski resort becomes golf resort.  Front 9 of the Holiday Valley Resort Double Black Diamond Golf Course has broad fairways and gentle rolling landscape, walking = easy!   The back 9 is totally different going up the slopes, across the ravines, down the slopes, and across the slopes.  Lots of vertical and walking? Not unless you have mountain goat in your DNA and I don't hesitate to walk hill courses.  Sometimes the buggie/cart is just not an option and I understand that there are those who will never play golf in such extreme landscape.

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and those are spike FootJoy shoes...

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It's surprising to me how many people in this pole wear spikes. Must be where I play, I haven't seen spikes around sense the 90s!

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On 7/7/2022 at 12:13 PM, nofives said:

It's surprising to me how many people in this pole wear spikes. Must be where I play, I haven't seen spikes around sense the 90s!

Spiked shoes are the ones that have replaceable spikes; not the metal ones you are thinking of.   Spikeless typically have rubber nubs of some kind that cannot be replaced when they wear out.

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18 minutes ago, cnosil said:
29 minutes ago, nofives said:

It's surprising to me how many people in this pole wear spikes. Must be where I play, I haven't seen spikes around sense the 90s!

Spiked shoes are the ones that have replaceable spikes; not the metal ones you are thinking of.   Spikeless typically have rubber nubs of some kind that canning be replaced when they wear out.

 

... Unless he is talking about the North or South pole, where metal spikes are probably still used. 🤪

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1 hour ago, EasyPutter said:

 The back 9 is totally different going up the slopes, across the ravines, down the slopes, and across the slopes.  Lots of vertical and walking? Not unless you have mountain goat in your DNA and I don't hesitate to walk hill courses. 

 

... There is a popular Mountain course here that not only would be virtually impossible to walk in less than 8 hours, there is about a 1.5 mile drive from the clubhouse to the first tee and straight uphill. I think walking (which is not allowed) most would be pretty tired before hitting their first tee shot. 

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5 hours ago, chisag said:

 

... Unless he is talking about the North or South pole, where metal spikes are probably still used. 🤪

He could be talking about utility workers that climb poles and need spiked shoes. 😀

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All courses now prohibit metal spikes as abusive to greens (pick up your feet!) This has forced me into soft spikes since the 90's; one northern course allows metal spikes November to March if you have a doctors written note in regards to your orthopedic safety. Soft spikes have improved so much that they provide better traction in most conditions. In response to the denigration of golf carts to play golf, when I first joined my northern course, I walked the 8.5 miles the course measures to walk, up and down hills with elevation changes of 270 feet. USGA officials require cart transport between green to tees on 4 long, uphill distances green to tee. Mid 90's to mid 2000's I walked/carried. Then I switched to a bag carry remote controlled electric cart; now I ride a 1992 Club Car as after 8 surgeries on swing affected joints require I conserve energy to use in the actual golf swing. Golf Shafts have changed from X+ to soft R, I have a garage full of clubs that I can not use anymore. Having played the game for 53 years, I have seen so much change in equipment, ball, changes and lengthening of courses. Example of golf equipment forcing changing golf courses, a course I loved playing with my father in law, using steel driver head (early stages) Tour Prestige wound golf balls, with 1970's irons, shot a under par round in the presence of my father in law, I witnessed the end of a golf course. Plowed under to be redesigned by Tom Fazio, lengthened by 900 yards. Now considered to be the best maintained course's in Southern California, the course can be easy on the 340 yard downhill, downwind par4, to one of two 500 yard up hill into the wind par 4's, a 600 yard downhill cross wind par 5 with a peninsula green 20 yards across, 30 yards deep. Local fees with cart were $25 to begin with, but now are $110, even with the $1200 annual fee to subsidize the course that we had no say in when the new owner was negotiating water fess for unpaid bills from the bankrupt owners who ****** up a great course, $1400 for two rounds of golf per year. Screwed by the rich owners who forced us to pay for the mismanagement of the previous owners.

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Soft spikes always. I tried spikeless. I stepped on a patch of grass with mud under it and my foot went sliding out from underneath me and I landed flat on my back.  Never wore them again. 

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