Brilliant spike-changing minds think alike! I, too, have used needle nose pliers to back the spike out at times. Also, I use a nail when the little hole is plugged with a small rock. Ever encounter that?
Metal threaded screw-in spikes were never a problem. And they sounded a lot better in the parking lot.
I also have Footjoy shoes and changing the spikes can be a pain in the ass. Usually the little holes where the tool goes in are clogged with dirt, sometimes you can't even find the holes. Once I do find them I use a tee to dig out the dirt to try and use the tools. If that doesn't work I use a pair of needle nose pliers, that always works for the hard ones.
78 today! Everyone canceled due to the cold. It was the wind chill. 8-10 mph made it feel like 33! But I soldiered on. Cart path only, muddy and wet. five over on the front, one over on the back. Had two three putts.
The pain management doctor had me on Fentanyl lollipops, four a day, I was hooked. Withdrawal was like getting off of heroin, going cold turkey. I'll never go through that again. First the physical withdrawal then the mental withdrawal.
Narcotics have their place and if you need them do it under a good doctor's supervision. I don't believe the pain management doctor I saw was nothing more then a pill pusher, I'm sorry I ever went to him. I'll know better next time.