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Re: Steel Spikes

PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:22 pm
by BomGolf222
I think it's interesting that Harrington hasn't been the same golfer since he signed with Footjoy after his third major. He had been wearing those Hi-Tech monstrosities with the massive sole area that spread outside the actual size of the shoe- they were like launch pads. He swore they added ten yards to his drives- I'm still not sure how those things were ever made legal to be honest. I'm sure there are lots of other reasons for his loss of form, but whatever the specific reason, it started when he switched shoes.

Re: Steel Spikes

PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:46 pm
by jrich99
I just won a pair of used leather-soled FJ Classic Dry Premieres on ebay for $5 and shipping. They need a little work, but I'm going to put some steel spikes in and sneak out to try them one afternoon. I think if I like them I will make a transition to leather soled shoes only, even for rounds when I need soft spikes. It seems the spikes are arranged in a much more logical fashion.

Here's a pair similar to what I won:
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My current shoes are Adidas Powerband 3.0's, which are comfortable, but only 8 spikes as opposed to 12:
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On the topic of extra spikes, I found a handmade high end shoe company called Pescador located somewhere in Europe. Way to expensive for me, but check these out:
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Re: Steel Spikes

PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:46 am
by lagpressure
It will be interesting to get your feedback on the difference. The spike experience using "nails" will depend a lot upon how you swing the golf club.

My feeling is that one of the reasons we don't often see the great foot and leg action in today's younger players is the fact they have grown up playing without proper support into the ground.

I think over time, building a golf swing around steel spikes is going to affect the evolution of any golf swing and potentially in a very positive way if done correctly.

Re: Steel Spikes

PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:05 pm
by BomGolf222
The other thing I was thinking about the old leather soled shoes, was the steel plate in the sole. The less give in that sole, the stronger the pressure you can apply out of the front of the right foot. I always remember how long it took to break in the earlier Classics, you had to earn those shoes, and you knew and accepted that it was going to hurt for a while. There seems to be some symbolism in that. I remember growing up, we all had Doc Martin boots, and they were the same. They'd cut the heels of you until you broke them in, but after a year or so, they were yours. And you'd have them for ever too. Comfort, in many ways, is an overrated state.

Re: Steel Spikes

PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:28 pm
by jrich99
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.

Re: Steel Spikes

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 9:12 pm
by tsdean1980
After Slipping all over the place in plastic spike golf shoes, i tried to hunt down a set of steel spike shoes to no avail.

It reminded me when I played cricket we used to use steel spikes. Theres not of cricket shoes out there still with steel spikes. They work great.
So if anyone has trouble finding golf steelies, then maybe try the cricket shoe route. Although in America I doubt there's many cricket shops.. Might be helpful for any Aussies or poms here

Re: Steel Spikes

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 9:31 pm
by Steb
BomGolf222 wrote:I remember growing up, we all had Doc Martin boots, and they were the same. They'd cut the heels of you until you broke them in, but after a year or so, they were yours. And you'd have them for ever too. Comfort, in many ways, is an overrated state.


I knew you were a Goth.

Re: Steel Spikes

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 4:00 am
by Range Rat
Steb wrote:I knew you were a Goth.


And on the weekends, I'm a cowboy. I have these real old expensive cowboy boots that when I bought them were the hardest things to break in and it took a while to do so. Although they are still very hard to slip in and out of, once you're in them, you're in and they feel like slippers....so comfortable.

An observation on steel spikes. I have been wearing them at the range since I got them and that familiar click-clack is there for all to hear while walking on the concrete near the range mats. I think people have been desensitized a bit, or perhaps the younger people have never heard that sound before, but only one person has commented on "the sound". He was about my age and as I walked by he stopped what he was doing and said- "wow, those are steel spikes...haven't seen or heard those for awhile"

And they do make a difference which was brought to my attention again since wearing them. With my old plastic spider spikes one gets comfortable walking on tlle floors because they don't slip. In fact, just the opposite. Those plastic puppys expand when pressurized downward giving good stability on tile floors. The other day walked into the restroom with the steel on and had to catch myself a little as I did slip just a fraction.

A good reminder that we are what we wear and will react accordingly. 8-)

Re: Steel Spikes

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 7:10 am
by BomGolf222
I knew you were a Goth.


I prefer the term 'Cure Head', if you don't mind.

Re: Steel Spikes

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 7:18 am
by BomGolf222
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.


Jrich,
Have you ever tried tapering in 3 insoles?