Spikeless shoes

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By Mark F

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  1. I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this but here goes. I'm in the market for some new shoes - FootJoy for sure. I always seem to have trouble getting the old spikes out and end up only replacing a few on each shoe. I've been thinking about spikeless shoes but have a concern about the spikes (nubs) on the sole. I tend to drag my my feet a bit when I walk so I'm concerned that the nubs will wear out pretty quickly since I use a drive cart and as such walk on the cart paths (as well as the parking lot). Does anyone have experience as to the longevity of the nubs? Thanks for any help.

    Mark F

  2. David S

    David S
    Laguna Niguel, CA

    If the only reason you're looking to get spikeless shoes, you may want to try this: put a very small amount of silicone grease on each spike thread before you screw them in, being careful not to get it anywhere the spike is exposed. This may help you remove them when they need to be replaced. A friend of mine swears by this method.
  3. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    I love the ProSLs and have had good luck with them, because I take good care of them. Currently own seven pair and rotate them. I too, ride carts but do not drag my feet because that is not good for spikeless or shoes with spikes. I drive the cart to my car and take off my shoes and put on my Flex to hang out in. They will last a few years if taken care off. Some of mine go back four seasons and the bottoms look great, but again it is all how you care for them. They are waterproof and have a two year warranty. Questions like this should be addressed on the FJ site @ footjoy.com, but I am always glad to help my fellow TT members with answers regarding FJ products.

    Chuck Z
    FJ Ambassador
  4. Lance P

    Lance P
    Hillsborough, NC

    It seems like some pros are going spikeless so if it's good enough for them...

    With regards to stuck spikes I've soaked the bottom of the offending shoes in very hot water which seems to loosen those pesky spikes.
  5. larry m

    larry m
    columbiana, OH

    In regards to pro's. I have seen 3 that look like spike less shoes but in reality they had steel spikes in. What you see on TV is usually not reality. Same thing with headcovers. Alot of the time something different is underneath.
  6. Frank P

    Frank P
    Port St. Lucie, FL

    larry m said:

    In regards to pro's. I have seen 3 that look like spike less shoes but in reality they had steel spikes in. What you see on TV is usually not reality. Same thing with headcovers. Alot of the time something different is underneath.

    Oh, that's for sure. Just listen when the camera crew follows a player up the concrete or asphalt cart path and on several players you can hear the click-clack sound of metal spikes.
  7. Eric H

    Eric H
    Ridgway, PA

    I am a walker when I play. I have used spikeless shoes the last few seasons. I love them. I can't say I've had a problem with them wearing out at an abnormal rate.
  8. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    What most of us do over on the FJ site, is soak our spikes in a pan of water up to the soles of the shoes and let them soak for about 15-20 minutes. This will loosen the dirt that has accumulate in the spikes and will enable the wrench to do it's thing. I bought a 1/2 inch aluminum pan at the dollar store and it works extremely well. If the spikes are hard to get out, most likely you are not changing the spikes often enough. Do not recommend using a ripper! Cheers.....
  9. NoleInSC

    Columbia, SC

    I am going to try the soaking in the pan trick. Thanks for the suggestion, Chuck Z!
  10. JAM


    I would like Titleist to again offer the "Rex" last. It was the only last that FJ offered that fit my foot properly. Does Titleist still offer it and I'm just not aware?
  11. Corey F

    Corey F
    Hanahan, SC

    I've been playing in a pair of FJ spikes that have worn down and was looking for spikeless shoes as well and have played the last few rounds in a pair of NewBalance running shoes. I haven't noticed a difference in play.

  12. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Running shoes are designed to stick to concrete, asphalt, or clay and not super well groomed short grass. You'd be risking injury from slipping and sliding around. They also are made to support your feet in a running gait as opposed to walking, and you might get discomfort if you tried to walk long distances with them. Some people choose to play golf in them and have very good results. Life is about choices and golf shoes are designed for those who play golf. Glad you are having good luck with your running shoes. I have spiked and spikeless shoes and find that I get the same traction in both styles. The nubs on the spikeless shoes provide ample traction as they are the number one shoe on tour.
  13. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    The "Rex last" was used in the FootJoy classics, is no longer offered and was a last that worked well for those with narrow feet. Footjoy shoes can be special ordered under the MyJoy program where you design your own. They will make you a narrow show in their ICON line which is similar to the classic in looks, as well as in a number of other styles, including spiked and spikeless. (Go to FootJoy.com, under "design your own").

    Titleist does not make golf shoes or apparel, those are covered by the FootJoy Division of Acushnet.

    Another option is the FJ 1857 Golf shoe line and it is very similar to the classic shoe in looks and high quality craftsmanship. The attention to detail carries through in sizings as well, with the alpha system employed for the 1857 collection. This is a more exacting system of sizes, allowing each shoe to better fit it’s owner. For this reason, FootJoy strongly recommends a proper fitting prior to purchasing a pair of 1857’s. Those are found mainly at private clubs and run around $700+ a pair.

    Jam, maybe those two options can help meet your needs.
  14. Frank P

    Frank P
    Port St. Lucie, FL

    When I switched from spiked to spikeless shoes, I went to the FJ Pro SL's and I love them.
  15. Thanks to all for your opinions. I think that I will try the spikeless but will keep my current shoe and change as many spikes as I can (trying the soaking method) just in case. Thanks again to all.

    Mark F
  16. pulplvr

    Spring, TX

    If, after soaking, the spike wrench still does not work, try using a pair of needle nose pliers. Those often can get a better grip on the spikes than the spike wrench, which uses the small holes in the spikes for grip. I use the pliers almost exclusively and have little to no problem removing even stubborn spikes. Just grab outside the center, between the tines that hold the spikes, then turn. If you have locking needle nose pliers, so much the better.

    FJ Ambassador
  17. Don J

    Don J
    Cranston, RI

    My vote is for the Pro SL's too

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