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how many pros still wear steel spikes?

post #1 of 26
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When Stafani walked to the scorer's tent yesterday on Tv, he was crunching down that cart path like piece of heavy machinery. Anyone have any idea how many pros are still wearing steel spikes, and the general attitude about that within the ranks?

post #2 of 26

Not many, probably only a handful of guys left. I couldn't even name who they are.

post #3 of 26

Jiminez wears them, personally I wish courses would allow it when it gets wet but soft spikes when dry.

post #4 of 26

I think Tiger has a couple spikes in his shoes and maybe Phil but they are a dying breed. I've never even seen golf shoes with metal spikes on them in person and I'm 34 !!

post #5 of 26
Phil has them for sure. Not sure how many others do.
post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by mvmac View Post

Not many, probably only a handful of guys left. I couldn't even name who they are.

Yep, not many. Most of these guys have now grown up wearing soft spikes. It's all they've known.
post #7 of 26

I grew up wearing steel spikes. Such a great feeling it was to click and clack through a parking lot or down a cart path.

post #8 of 26

I miss that sound honestly... but not catching a spike and nearly tripping or breaking a spike off. My first pair of golf shoes were given to me by a friend and they had metal spikes.

post #9 of 26

Soft spikes are easier on the legs when walking down the fairway, but when you are on the tee, there's nothing that compares to metal spikes. You are literally nailed to the ground. I'm sure Patrick Reed wouldn't like them.

post #10 of 26

Ya I miss the clickety clack sound from metal spikes, but I don't miss the spiked up greens. I know the pros can't tap down spike marks, but when I play I always used to tap down them if it was in my line of putt.

post #11 of 26
Aren't they allowed to tamp them down AFTER they finish putting? Which is what EVERYONE should be doing anyway as a courtesy to those that follow.

Which- if they did tamp them down, the next guys don't have to worry about it.
post #12 of 26

I believe Tiger has a mix of metal + soft spikes if I remember seeing the bottom of his shoe. 

 

 

 

It looks like the spikes stick out of the soft spikes there. This is from a Nike commercial. I don't remember ever seeing a Nike golf shoe with that type of spikes on them. I can understand Tiger still wanting some sort of extra stability with the metal spikes. They clearly have a smaller profile than Phil's shoes with all metal spikes. 

post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by tmac20 View Post

Phil has them for sure. Not sure how many others do.

 

Phil has gone to soft spikes the last couple years.

 

AppleMark

 

 

post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by mvmac View Post

Phil has gone to soft spikes the last couple years.

AppleMark






Had no idea. I always thought those Alligator shoes had steel spikes. I definitely heard a commentator mention it once... I guess I'm wrong.
post #15 of 26

Shawn S, when he walked across the cart path on the 18th during the playoff with Justin Rose, sure sounded like metal spikes to me..?

post #16 of 26
I miss metal spikes (I'm 31) but recently got a pair of Ecco shoes and tossed my spare soft spikes. So comfortable.
post #17 of 26

Metal spikes were much easier to clean after the round. The soft spikes, even when you have spike-cleaning station near the 18th green, are a mess in damp weather.

 

Soft spikes are much easier on the feet and knees 

post #18 of 26

The only thing I miss about "nails" is the sound they made on hard surfaces. Soft spikes are so much more comfortable. Next I'll try spike less and see how I like those.

 

cubdog 

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