Spikeless Golf Shoes Frequently Asked Questions
What are spikeless golf shoes?
Spikeless golf shoes are a golf shoe that have no cleats or spikes, metal or plastic, on their shoe soles. They’re a modern innovation that first became popular after the 2010 Masters, where the introduction of the ECCO BIOM introduced players and fans alike to the alternative. Of course, the scope has widened considerably, and now some of the biggest names in golf provide this popular alternative. For example, adidas spikeless golf shoes and Footjoy spikeless golf shoes are incredibly popular with modern players.
In lieu of spikes on the soles, which some courses and clubs ban, they instead have grooves and grips molded into the rubber or plastic of the sole. This helps to preserve the course as well as providing the golfer with added benefits.
Are spikeless golf shoes good?
Spikeless golf shoes have plenty of benefits for players. First off, spikeless golf shoes (or cleatless golf shoes, as you might know them) are lighter because they don’t have these cleats or spikes fixed to them. This means they’re far lighter to carry around the course and after a game. They’re also far more comfortable for most players, as they fit more like a good sports trainer. The softer soles are kinder to walk on, because there aren’t any cleats or spikes to channel your body weight through.
Spikeless golf shoes also have far more models and options to choose from. If you’re someone who appreciates a fashionable golf shoe, then you’ll no doubt find something to your liking in the cleatless range, because there are so many brand, colour, and design options. Players’ benefits aside, spikeless golf shoes are kinder to the golf courses. Metal points on the underside of the classic spiked golf shoes would often drag the turf and leave marks, creating an unfair and unpleasant game for the next players on the course. Spikeless golf shoes are much kinder to the grass, which is why they’re typically preferred by golf courses and clubhouses.
Are spikeless golf shoes good in winter?
Spikeless golf shoes might struggle in winter. This is a query that comes up quite a lot, but it may be that your clubhouse will make some allowances for spiked golf shoes on days when the temperature and weather conditions have made the ground particularly unfriendly. Unexpected water, boggy patches, and the general colder temperature may all hamper your stance and swing, but double-check whether spiked footwear is allowed at your course.
Can you wear spikeless golf shoes anywhere?
Technically, yes! You can wear spikeless golf shoes anywhere. Because their sole is a lot softer and more like a good quality sports trainer, you can drive to the course in your shoes, walk through the clubhouse or car park with them on (though you probably won’t want to after a game, as they’ll need cleaning), and pretty much anywhere. We’d recommend limiting their wear to when you’re actually going to the course and playing, rather than just to the shops or running errands, because you don’t want to prematurely wear them down!