Steel Spikes

Re: Steel Spikes

Postby Paulsygolf » Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:42 pm

I "HEARD" Davis Love crossing a cart path at the Sony Open yesterday....clack clack clack...metal on concrete. Some know.
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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby hoganut » Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:49 pm

I've been looking for my old spikes for months, but cannot find them. 2 weekends ago on the range my worn soft spikes "gave way" a bit much and I tweaked my left knee. Not badly, but enough for me to say enough. Found a new pair of Etonics with steel spikes on ebay. They arrived today and luckily fit perfect. I'll let you guys know how much trouble I get into at the local courses. I wonder if you had a Doctor's note of some sort, an exemption, that says you were physically unable to play without substantial footing or traction? (As always, I promise to walk fast, not hold-up play, repair divots, fix more than 1 ball mark, not drag my feet, and now I'll repair any spike marks within 3 feet of the hole).
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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby LipOut » Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:30 pm

Even if it's difficult to play em nobody's going to kick you off the driving range for using spikes. That solves the practice problem.
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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby lagpressure » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:56 pm

Although I am no fan of the USGA, they are not illegal by their rules. Odd that a sport would exist where one is not allowed to use legal shoes on 99.9% of the sport's playing fields.
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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby BomGolf222 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:06 pm

Odd that a sport would exist where one is not allowed to use legal shoes on 99.9% of the sport's playing fields.


Good one! It's pretty ridiculous when you think if it like that...

I just put a set of Pro Stingers in my shoes and I've been really liking them. They're a steel spike, though a bit short, in the middle of a soft spike. These may have been discussed before, not sure. I didn't know about them until a friend of mine heard me talking about missing the old spikes, and he said he'd order me a set. They feel great, and a world of difference from the regular soft spikes. The sound of them on pavement alone is great. I'm not sure if they'd be deemed a non soft spike or not, but I'd vouch for silent(if you stay off the paths) objection, and wearing them anyway. Has anyone ever been checked before they play? I know I haven't.
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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby notzj1701 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:45 pm

Two things:

One, is that metal spikes as a "natural aerator" is definately not a myth!!! That is exactly how it works. There is actually a machine that landscapers use on grass called an aerator which puts little holes (albeit a bit bigger than spike holes) in the ground, to facilitate air and water can get down to the root system. And plastic ones do the exact opposite.

Two, to solve the whole ruining the flooring in the clubhouse (which is just a lameass excuse in my opinion), a pair of these should do the trick.....

http://www.cleatskins.com/sport/golf

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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby hoganut » Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:08 pm

I just put a set of Pro Stingers in my shoes and I've been really liking them


Bom, Bentshaft and I have them in our shoes as well. Both of us agree it is a huge difference. Also, I told our course owner about the steel spikes, he had no objection. He said "sure...no problem. May even help the greens".
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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby crr » Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:41 pm

Going to give those spikes a try...I take a pretty good whack at the ball and I wonder whether my inability to keep my right foot down is due to an inability to keep traction in order to contain the swing--at least I think it might help me turn more efficiently so that I might not need to jump off my right foot midswing...
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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby lagpressure » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:15 pm

The flatter you swing... the more torquing, twisting and diagonal forces move into the footwork. If you swing upright, much less so. Just take a heavy pipe or something similar and start moving it around your body very level and you will see what I mean.

This is exactly why steel spikes were invented in the first place. The clubs were flat early on.. players swung correctly around their bodies, and proper traction was necessary.

It's no coincidence Hogan put an extra custom spike in his shoe.
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Re: Steel Spikes

Postby frankD » Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:34 pm

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i have NOT played with any other spikes but steel for my golf - i simply will NOT play a course that does not allow them

i WALK each and every round and have paid at least $300 for each of the three pair of steel spike shoes i bought over the last twenty years - i rotate and currently have pair with five to seven years of use and a pair with three years use in the line-up here in ft liquordale FLA, and i have taken the ten year old pair out of the line-up because of necessary repair and left them up north in westchester county NY

i have studied most all the university level and above reports of effects of steel spikes on grass and except for a university of the ohio state indicating they may spread certain grass diseases more effectively than spider spikes the results for the most part show negligable detrimental effect if worn properly and a person PICKS UP THEIR FEET properly on the greens and certainly NO more detrimental effect elsewhere on the course

CARTS DO MORE SEVERE damage to the golf course in general and specifically after wet and very wet weather - NO ONE GOES off about banning CARTS - do they ?

it is a solid SHOE and i can feel anchored in cement upon the tee and comfortable walking through-out a typical four mile journey - something that would be impossible with the cheap molded plastic glued together feather-weight slippers they sell today as GOLF shoes that wouldn't last a single season for the frequent golfer like myself

and best of all i get my true size 11 and 1/2 - something very few retail outlet stores carry in their inventory of the plastic spike shoes lately



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