A quick overview of Spiked vs. Spikeless golf shoes.
Spiked golf shoes are what most golfers think of when it comes to choosing a golf shoe. Traction is a contributing factor to lateral stability, therefor conventional cleated designs are preferred. They usually feature a softer plastic material since spikes were outlawed in many courses. .
Spikeless golf shoes have come a long way in providing durability and comfort without sacrificing too much traction. They usually feature rubber nubs on the outsoles to provide traction. They are generally lighter and a more versatile golf shoe, but omit the ability to change the spikes as they wear out.
Traditionally speaking, cleated golf shoes have provided the best traction and lateral stability because of the way they dig into the ground during a golfers swing. But recent technology advancements have made spikeless traction options a close second. Many manufacturers have redesigned the soles to have better grip patterns and specific zones for stability. They have also tested and experimented with the shape of the rubber spike to provide the best traction and stability a non traditional spikeless shoe can provide.
The amount of walking you do on the course wears on the soles of the golf shoe. This is particularly noticeable in traditional spiked shoes. As the spikes wear down, they will have less grip on the ground and you will feel less traction and stability in your golf swing. Luckily, with the proper wrench and replaceable spikes, you can replace the warn ones. With spikeless golf shoes, as the soles wear down, you won’t be able to replace any spikes, as they have none. But, you will be able to transition your shoes to exclusive off-course use.
Spiked shoes produce a small amount of added pressure on specific areas of your feet (where the spike is located). Spikeless shoes don’t have this problem and are generally a bit lighter as well. Regardless of which type you choose, it is recommended to wear your golf socks when trying shoes on, to get the best fit. Take note of how your toes feel in the front. If they rub against the front, choose a golf shoe with a wider last or width. If your shoes have a tendency to wear out in the heel faster than the toe, your feet probably supinate and indicate you need a more flexible shoe.
Spikeless golf shoes have the added benefit of feeling comfortable on and off the course. Many golfers don’t like having to bring multiple pairs of shoes for the day out. Enjoy the club house, golf course, and any trips afterwards all while wearing your golf shoes. Spiked shoes don’t have this benefit.
Men’s golf shoe styles
We carry a great selection of men’s golf shoes in both traditional spiked and spikeless versions. Choose from popular brands like FootJoy, Adidas, ECCO, Skechers, New Balance, Nike, Callaway, Oofos and more.
Women’s golf shoe styles
We carry a great selection of women’s golf shoes in both traditional spiked and spikeless versions. Choose from popular brands like FootJoy, Adidas, ECCO, Skechers, New Balance, Nike, Callaway, Oofos and more.
Golf Shoe FAQ
We answered some frequently asked questions about Golf Shoes
When should you replace your golf shoe spikes?PCG&T2022-03-29T19:25:21-07:00
If you are an avid golfer, a good rule of thumb is to change them every 12-15 rounds. The less you play and the wiser you are about not walking on hard surfaces that may damage the spikes like (concrete, pavement, asphalt, etc) the longer they will last. If you only play a few times a year and are good with their care, you can expect them to last a couple of years before needing to be replaced.
How long will spikeless golf shoes last?PCG&T2022-03-29T19:19:42-07:00
Spikeless golf shoes generally last about a two to three years depending on the frequency of use and the conditions you are in. Keep in mind the more you use your spikeless golf shoes off the course the more they will wear out – as concrete, asphalt and other hard surfaces tend be to more harsh on the sole (especially if you tend to drag your feet when you walk). If you only use them on the course and only play once or twice a week, they should last several years.
How do I choose the best golf shoe?PCG&T2022-03-29T19:16:16-07:00
First decide if you prefer to wear Spiked or Spikeless golf shoes. Spiked golf shoes generally have plastic replaceable spikes at the bottom of the soles which can be replaced when they wear out. And spikeless golf shoes have rubber ribbed or “spiked” soles that mimic spike grips and can be used as exclusive off course shoes once the soles wear out. Each come with there pros and cons. After deciding which kind of golf shoe you prefer, consider the durability of the shoe, the comfort and fit, and traction or grip it provides. Natural leather golf shoes tend to last a bit longer than synthetic options as they are more resilient to wet conditions.
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