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Steel Spikes  

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  1. 1. Did you ever play with steel spikes?

    • Yes
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    • No
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  2. 2. If so, do you miss them?

    • I miss them.
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    • I don't miss them.
      36
    • I never played with steel spikes so I can't vote in the second question.
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I played steel spikes. First two years I played golf, right on the cusp of the introduction to soft spikes.

I miss the sound, but I don't miss the damage they did: to the course OR my ankles. I never realized how much better my feet could feel after playing MORE golf until the year I went to soft spikes, and I remember being amazed at how smooth the greens were.

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Back then, golf shoes were very stylish. I still have several pair which I proudly display with other vintage golf items.

Some of the other bad effects caused by spikes, was transporting other grass seeds. Poa Annual,  a grass/weed  could embed in the spikes and would easily be transferred to other golf courses along with fungus and disease to turf. Hopefully someday, rubber spikes will also be discouraged by management due to damage they also cause to bent greens.

They were also dangerous walking on concrete, along with snagging carpet and damage to wood flooring in clubhouses. 

 

 

 

 

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My first golf shoes had steel spikes and I used them for less than a year before I went to soft spikes. I don't miss them. I remember how much lighter my feet felt and that they were a lot more comfortable. 

Heck, now it's been 3 years since I worn golf shoes with any spikes :-)

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Played in them for years, my last pair were Mizuno's that claimed to be permanent spike. They were made out of some sort of ceramic and if they ever wore down or broke the shoes would be replaced.

About 2 years later I had to retire them because they were no longer allowed on courses, and because they were permanent spikes they couldn't be replaced with soft spikes.

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I agree, I do miss the sound of steel spikes on concrete/asphalt.  That's it though. In fact, most of my shoes are spikeless now.

I remember the first time I played a course that required soft spikes. I didn't have any, so I had to play in my Tevas. Shot 2 over for nine holes, and played in those sandals for the next two seasons.

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I played with spikes from about the age of 7 until 18. I agree that my feet felt better when going to the soft spike. Although spikes get a bad rap about tearing up greens, I would say this. Learn how to frickin walk proper when on the greens with spikes. Playing hundreds of rounds with my father during the spike era. If he ever saw me drag my feet on a green. I would have been sent straight to the car immediately, round over.

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I've never played with them. I'm jealous that I never got to, just because I used to love hearing metal baseball cleats on concrete. Otherwise, I don't really have any desire to use them on the golf course.

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I played spikes for quite a few years and don't miss them.  Conditions on the greens are much better and traction with today's technology is not a problem.  Most clubhouses and 19th holes allow soft spikes which is another convenience, plus I can practice at my local facility and not have to change shoes to drive to the course.

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I remember taking them off after a round was similar to taking off ski boots at the end of the day. Ahhhh.....

I'd like to see Patrick Reed hit a driver w/steel spikes. Might probably hurt himself.

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One other joy was trying to replace the spikes with tool used years ago. One end was used to repair ball marks and the other end for twisting the spikes out. Spikes had threads which usually rusted and removing them sometimes was a B !!!

Most needed to be replaced yearly as they wore down to just a nub about 1/8" long. You could tell when they were worn, the heel would slip easily when making your swing.

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I believe many of the golf courses that I played started converting to soft spikes only in 1996 or early 1997, so I used the for about 18 years playing golf. I had a friend modify my spikes to extend them to about 3/4 inch long, then I used them mowing my yard because of steep side hills. I used them for awhile in Texas when mowing my yard to aerate the lawn as I mowed. Those shoes were so heavy and stiff.

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