Steel Spikes

Re: Steel Spikes

Postby jrich99 » Sun May 08, 2011 8:34 am

No, how would one go about doing that?
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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby BomGolf222 » Sun May 08, 2011 10:29 pm

jrich99 wrote:No, how would one go about doing that?


Well, it's a shame to put insoles in Classics because that insole bed is as good as it gets, and one of my favourite parts about those shoes, but......
In a pinch to get them usable, get 3 insoles per shoe- just the basic Dr Scholls type ones. The problem with using 3 insoles to get shoes to fit is that they raise the heel bed too high and the shoe doesn't fit at all. So I take 1 full insole, 1 cut 2/3's from the toe end, and 1 cut 1/3 up from the toe end, and glue the 2 cut pieces onto the underside of the full one- basic rubber glue or even grip tape- the foot pressure keeps them in place pretty well so they don't have to be too securely glued. It's not perfect, but it fills up the front end of the shoe making it fit a bit more snugly, while still leaving the full height of the heel walls so that the shoe is secure. You can play around with different thicknesses of insoles, or even do it in quarters with 4 insoles- the goal always being to keep the heel end fairly neutral. With shoes that sweet it might be worth giving it a whirl. The added free bonus is that they may make you root into your heels a bit more at set up.... totally legal... sort of. I seem to remember John Huston running into problems with shoes he was marketing back in the 90's, though they were angled inward off the right shoe.
Anyway, it's worked for me numerous times so I figured I'd throw it out there...
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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby Titliest » Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:44 am

Lag...

your right on the money about being connected to the ground....that's what my old pro always taught me....you have to be connected to the ground....I wear mine every chance i get.....just wish more people thought along these lines.....BTW...do you or anybody else know where you can get some...my supply is running thin....Thanks, Kenny
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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby ocat1979 » Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:33 pm

They mentioned on the Sony Open coverage about how Vijay Singh made the move back to tradition golf shoes and away form the "sneaker" type shoes. Vijay said he couldn't believe how sloppy his footwork had become by wearing the sneaker type shoes because he couldn't feel the ground with them.
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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby Gusboh » Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:02 pm

jrich99 wrote:My classics arrived. They are about a half size big, so they will be strictly range shoes. I just need to track down some steel spikes now.


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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby lagpressure » Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:49 pm

Another one of golf's endless absurdities.

Steel spikes are legal by the ruling body, and have been a historic catalyst of the game, but you can't wear at 99% of the golf courses around the world.

I think it's absurd.

You can fix ball marks but not spike marks. So the guy playing ahead of you can drag his feet across the green, and you just have to put up with it.

Does it really make sense to ban the spikes? or would it make more sense to change the rule and re install the proper spikes for your footing?

So VJ gets to wear them? But we don't?
But we can buy his frying pan driver all day long.

This isn't good.
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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby apples2967 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:38 am

The world is mad

I played with the club captain today. A fine player, well into his 60's, and has lived a very interesting life. We met on a golf trip late last year, but today was the first time we had played together. He is a 4 hcp and plays to it easy. He has been a captain at 4 clubs in Sydney Australia, including some group 1 clubs.

We discussed many things doing our round together, and of course, the golf swing was discussed at length. He seemed to like my swing, so he was happy to listen to my views. I mention that STEEL spikes would enable me to get even better," more ground forces, lets be the light, lets re-introduce this course to metal spikes, ect ect ect"

His reply.................................
The man in his 60's, Captain of many clubs, lover of golf and its traditions.............

"We have just put in new carpet in the foyer, metal spikes would destroy it"

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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby lagpressure » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:31 am

I agree, I hear that same clubhouse nonsense all the time. Is it really that absurd to suggest no spikes in the clubhouse?
Most people take a cart these days. No reason why one can't lace up and toss their street shoes in their cart, and change shoes before they go into the clubhouse. They used to always have a snack bar at the turn that faced the outside so players wouldn't have to go inside with their spikes on. What happened to that concept? Why not carry a lightweight pair of night slippers in your bag. Even if you carried your bag you wouldn't feel the weight of those.. would be less than a sweater.

Playing golf without proper spikes is like going bowling with spikes on your shoes... or trying to run track in a a pair of loafers or sandals.

Proper footwear is critical in any sport.
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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby drewspin » Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:08 am

Surely technology can solve the spikes in the clubhouse problem.

Seems to be a non-issue for track and field, ice-hockey, baseball, etc.

The priorities are all backasswards.
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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby lagpressure » Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:48 pm

It just seems like a monkey see, monkey do mentality. These policies are put in place because that is what the other courses are doing. Someone says something, and rather than thinking it through, it's easier to not think about it and just figure someone else must have thought about it.

I once heard the argument that the plastic spikes didn't track one type of grass such as "Po" from one course to another. That had to be the most ridiculous statement regarding golf shoes I have ever heard. Steel spikes are a lot easier to clean off than all the grass that gets caught up in the multi prong plastic spikes. When I first heard that, all I could think was "Really?"
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