Do You Need a Tool to Change Golf Spikes?

Do you need a tool to change golf spikes? Yes, you do – and a cleat wrench is all you need to make the removal process hassle-free.

If you’re a golfer who plays for a considerable amount of time, the spikes under your shoe are one thing that requires check-ups occasionally.

You don’t necessarily have to wait until they are all worn out before you know the time has ripened for a replacement.

Because when a couple loses their stance, it can drastically affect your traction during your swing — resulting in lame shots and blisters on your feet!

So, if you feel it is high time to change those spikes, grab a wrench and follow our guide below.


How Do You Know You Need New Spikes?

All professional golfers follow the rule of thumb for replacing their spiked golf shoes twice a year or once every 15 to 20 rounds.

But that is not enough.

There are tell-tale signs that immediately indicate you need new spikes, like when;

  • The spikes flatten out
  • Your feet start getting wet from the course
  • The spikes start to chip away
  • There are tears or rips
  • The holes for golf spikes are stripped
  • Your feet hurt

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How To Remove Golf Spiked [In Just 4 Simple Steps]

How Do You Know You Need New Spikes

What You’ll Need For The Job

  • Spike wrench
  • Golf towel (or any towel)
  • Bucket
  • Clean soapy water
  • Golf or wire brush
  • And new spikes

Step 1: Clear the Path (Optional)

If you are performing the procedure immediately after a live round, the bottom of the shoe might have collected a lot of dirt.

So the first thing you need to do is to dust them out.

To do this, you will have to dip the golf brush or wire brush in a bucket of soapy water.

Then scrub the bottom of the sole vigorously with the brush, occasionally stop to check how clean it is.

Lastly, rinse with clean water before using your golf towel to dry the sole.

In most cases, you are likely to see leftover debris or residue. If you do, repeat this step.

Step 2: Break Out the Big Tools

After the sole is spike and span, it is time to be a handyman.

Use the wrench directly on the spike and twist it counter-clockwise until it loses completely.

It MUST align with the base of the spike or in both holes — depending on the tool and spike type.

Step 3: Prep for New Spikes

After removing the spike, the holes may need additional cleaning before inserting a fresh spike.

Hence, it would be best to clean the area properly, digging out dirt or debris with a divot repair tool.

Then, wipe clean with a towel.

Step 4: Replacement

At this juncture, nothing is stopping you from placing and tightening the new spike with your fingers, then turning clockwise.

The spike will still be loose, so use the spike wrench to tighten further. Repeat this process for the remaining cleats — you are looking up to six to seven cleats.

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What are the Best Golf Spikes to Get?

It can be rather frustrating knowing there is nothing like a universal spike that fits all golf shoes.

All spiked golf shoes require different spikes.

Each golf shoe company has a distinctive style spike for replacement.

However, there are three primary spikes to purchase from your manufacturer. It is either PINS, Q-Lok, or Fast Twist. 

Here is a list of spikes we have outsourced from well-known brands:

  • Callaway Shoes – (Fast Twist Callaway Chev Aero II) PINS
  • All Adidas Golf Shoes – PINS
  • All Ecco Shoes – Q Lok
  • Nike Shoes – Fast Twist
  • FootJoy Shoes – Fast Twist (Footjoy Superlites, Footjoy M: Footjoy DNA – PINS)
  • Puma – PINS
  • Sketchers – PINS

Conclusion: Do You Need a Tool to Change Golf Spikes?

Do you need a tool to change golf spikes? Well, I believe you know by now that you’ll be needing a tool to change golf spikes — a wrench, to be precise — the only thing left is to follow our step-by-step guide above.

But if for whatever reason, you don’t have a spike wrench on hand, you can use either a plier or screwdriver to pry the spikes out.

I prefer a plier as they offer an easy twist that makes the spike comes right off like the wrench.

However, if underneath the shoes have collected a lot of dirt, it will be rather challenging. Then, you’ll break out a screwdriver to work around the hole until the spikes are out.

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