Finding the right pair of golf cleats can be a very daunting task. There are a wide variety of brands, colors and styles to choose from, all of which offer you a different feel while out on the golf course. Not only do you need to take the comfortability of the inside of the cleat into consideration, you also need to take other factors as well. The most important aspect of a golf cleat is what the bottom of the cleat looks like, as this is the only part of your entire outfit which is actually touching the ground while you are swinging a golf club. So which is better – Spikeless or Spiked cleats?
Golf cleats which are known as spikeless aren’t actually fully without spikes. There are some versions which have small nubs coming out of the bottom of the cleat, and can be quite numerous. There are other shoes within this segment which do not have any spikes at all, as the bottom of the shoe looks very similar to that of a tennis shoe. This look has become very trendy over the last decade, as people want to be able to wear the same shoe on the golf course that they would wear out to the Mall or to dinner.
With these kinds of shoes, you are certain to have a golf cleat which is more comfortable compared to one that has a full-fledged spiked system along the bottom. Not only this, there is a convenience factor involved here, as there are numerous clubhouses around the world that will not allow you to wear spikes within their pro shop. This is due to the type of flooring they have down, and they do not want that flooring to be torn up by the spikes you have on the bottom of your golf cleats.
There are a few professional golfers which have been seen to wear the Spikeless golf cleats, which gives this new look the credibility needed in order to make a dent within the golf cleat marketplace. Professional golfers like Fred Couples and Justin Rose have competed in PGA events with Spikeless shoes, and have done well in those rounds.
Spikeless shoes have a lot more nubs, or spikes on them, compared to a regular spiked shoe, with around 90 numbs on the bottom of the golf cleats overall. This means that if one happens to break off, you will not feel the effect of this as there are so many others which will surround the nub that may have failed. However, with these nubs, you cannot replace them, as they are built into the golf cleat. Once you lose a couple, or a few, then you will have to replace the entire shoe. Not only this, but if you play on a golf course which has a lot of hills, or is damp from recent weather, then you will not have as much traction to hit the right golf shot that you need, and your round will suffer.
The Spiked Golf Cleat is the more traditional cleat within the golfing world. It has made a transition over time from metal spikes to rubber spikes. The rubber spikes are just as durable; yet do not do nearly as much damage to the golf course as metal spikes do. Not only this, but the rubber spikes do not have to be just in a straight vertical line, as you can have ones which have sprouts on them, which help give you even more traction while on the golf course.
The rubber spikes are designed to give you as much traction and stability while on the golf course as possible, to ensure you are set up to hit the best golf shot you can during each swing. This is especially true on courses which have a lot of hills, or are known to be very damp. Not only this, but the rubber spikes are very easy to replace if one of them happens to break or fall out. Replacing the spikes is a very inexpensive proposition, and is much cheaper than having to purchase an entirely new golf cleat.
Manufactures have been working on the comfortability of the golf cleat, especially those which require a rubber spike. By increasing the comfort of the arch support system, as well as the sole of the golf cleat, it makes the golf cleat feel more like an athletic shoe, similar to how the spikeless golf cleats feel. This added comfort means you can feel confident in having your golf cleats for a long time, and not have to worry about replacing them very often due to wear and tear.
A couple of the drawbacks with spiked golf cleats include not being able to wear them everywhere. As mentioned before, there are some clubhouses which mandate that you cannot wear spikes within their pro-shop or other establishments associated with the golf course. It can be an inconvenience to change out of your golf cleats and into regular athletic shoes or sandals before and after each round. In addition to this, there are only about 12-15 spikes on the bottom of each golf cleat. If you happen to lose one or two during a round and you do not have any replacements with you, it will alter your stance. When your stance is altered, then your swing will not be the same, and you will not hit a consistent shot for the rest of the round.
In conclusion, to truly know if a spiked or spikeless golf shoes is best for you, it comes down to your local golf course that you play the most. If that golf course is relatively flat, and is dry most of the time, then going with a spikeless golf cleat is a good option. If you play on a course which has more hills or tends to be damper, then having golf cleats with spikes is a must. However, there is nothing in the rule book which says you can’t own a pair of each, so you can best be prepared for any golf course that you play in the future.