Spiked Golf Shoes Frequently Asked Questions
How to clean golf shoe spikes
After you’re done playing golf, you need to clean your spiked golf shoes. Remove all dirt, mud, and grass from the uppers of the shoes and the spiked soles. Do this by removing the spikes if you can, or just picking around the moulded cleats. What’s important is that, regardless of the spikes or treads you have, you remove any debris from the course.
Remove any surface-level debris after the game from your golf spikes when you change into your regular shoes and take them home ready to be cleaned. Here, you’ll need to take a soft-bristled brush, washcloth, or any other golf cleaning products you use. Wet the shoes with warm soapy water and work away the dirt in the grooves of the upper and the soles. For this, we’d recommend removing the golf studs or cleats if you can to properly reach each groove - you might need a golf stud wrench and other such tools.
When they need drying, don’t place them outside in the direct sun. Instead, lay them out on a towel in a well ventilated room and leave them to air dry.
Should I get spiked or spikeless golf shoes?
This depends on what your club will allow, and what conditions you play golf in. For example, it would be wise to have a pair of spiked golf shoes for bad weather or for the winter months as they give far better traction on wet, cold, and less than ideal course conditions. This is why the majority of pro players wear spiked golf shoes.
Spiked golf shoes could also, technically, last longer than spikeless. Because spikeless feel like regular trainers, you might be tempted to wear them more casually and therefore wear them down more. Spiked golf shoes are intended for the course and the course alone, so no doubt you won’t be wearing them along the concrete of the car park or around the carpeted clubhouse.
We’d recommend having both spiked and spikeless golf shoes in your sporting storage, if your club permits the former. This is so that you can wear spikeless during good weather and conditions, and spiked during the off-peak season when your club allows it. You won’t have to miss out on practice and improving your game because of the course conditions, and you can still play effectively too.
Are spikeless golf shoes good in winter?
Spikeless golf shoes might struggle in winter. This is a query that comes up quite a lot, but it may be that your clubhouse will make some allowances for spiked golf shoes on days when the temperature and weather conditions have made the ground particularly unfriendly. Unexpected water, boggy patches, and the general colder temperature may all hamper your stance and swing, but double-check whether spiked footwear is allowed at your course.
Can you wear spikeless golf shoes anywhere?
Technically, yes! You can wear spikeless golf shoes anywhere. Because their sole is a lot softer and more like a good quality sports trainer, you can drive to the course in your shoes, walk through the clubhouse or car park with them on (though you probably won’t want to after a game, as they’ll need cleaning), and pretty much anywhere. We’d recommend limiting their wear to when you’re actually going to the course and playing, rather than just to the shops or running errands, because you don’t want to prematurely wear them down!