Honestly, this has been a hard article to write for a number of reasons. When PrideSports sent us some spikes to test out, we wanted to find a way to test them, but to do it the right way. When testing spikes you have to find a way to test the spikes separate from the shoe. Putting spikes on a pair of shoes and playing a round won’t give you a complete view of the spike. Additionally, if the shoe isn’t comfortable to begin with, then you will be left with a jaded view of the shoe.
So to limit these factors we decided to take a couple steps to give a full view of the spikes. First, we played all summer rotating between spiked and spikeless shoes. This allowed us play in the cold; in the blistering hot; when the course was drenched from rain or just wet from a morning dew; bone dry and even played in multiple different grass types. Second, we decided to try the spikes on a number of different shoes, to limit the shoe from having to much impact on the feel. We threw the spikes on some old FootJoys, Nike Lunars, another pair of Nikes, and some Adidas.
We tried the Softspikes Pulsar and Softspikes Stealth – both had great traction but I felt like the Stealth had a little more grip to them. Both preformed very well in all weather conditions but for me in a side by side comparison I tend to lean more towards the Stealth.
Changing out spikes has not been something I have historically done. With most of my shoes moving towards spikeless. Also, honestly – and I hate to admit this – when the spikes wear down I tend to either gravitate towards a different pair of shoes or just buy new ones. The amount of money I have wasted over the years is kind of too much to admit. For under 20 bucks you can pretty much take an older pair of shoes and boom they basically a new pair. The ability to transform older shoes into a newer feeling pair was the first major bonus I saw with spiked shoes. I was surprised right away taking an older pair of nikes how much I actually liked the shoe again. The traction felt brand new and the shoe performed close to the original condition.
The second major thing was traction. I swing pretty hard and something that has been harming my game is keeping my feet still and quite during my swing. If you add any moisture to the ground then it does turn somewhat into a crap shoot if my back foot will stay plated or if it will slip during my swing. By being able to lock in my feet and create a solid foundation I felt that I was getting more of a consistent feel and consistent swing.
In my opinion, even though the market is moving towards more of an athletic type of shoe, the cleated golf shoe is still crucial. No matter what the weather condition, spiked shoes allow you to change the spikes that way you can regain lost traction without buying new shoes and additionally really allow for you to take one more excuse out of the round…no more “the grass was wet”…”that was a down hill lie, I couldn’t get my footing”
It is important that you find the shoe that works for you. We asked you on Instagram and Twitter and you all were close to 50/50 when it came to the shoes you rock. Both spiked and spikeless shoes have advantages but take it from me. Grab your pair of shoes with spikes…change the spikes and head out to the course and give it a try. As we are moving from summer to fall and the morning dew is becoming more and more prevalent. I promise, you will feel a difference. Remember a stark majority of tour players still play with shoes with the “traditional” spikes.
PrideSports gave us the above mentioned spikes free of charge to try and do an honest review. All of the reviews we share on Golf Starz are our own opinions. Golf Starz have been given the spikes as part of a product review. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain our own and were in no way influenced by the company. Golf Starz does not receive any referral fees for use of the discount code and are provided by the company.