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What spikes (and system) are you using? (POLL)


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Poll: Spikes & Shoes (790 member(s) have cast votes)

What attachment system do you use?

  1. Small thread (58 votes [7.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.33%

  2. Large thread (20 votes [2.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.53%

  3. Tri-Lock / Q-lok / Q-fit (354 votes [44.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 44.75%

  4. Fast Twist (307 votes [38.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 38.81%

  5. Other (52 votes [6.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.57%

Do you buy the shoe first, or the spike system?

  1. I buy the shoe, and don't care what attchments they use (608 votes [76.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 76.86%

  2. I'll only buy a shoe with the attachment system I prefer (62 votes [7.84%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.84%

  3. I don't care either way (121 votes [15.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.30%

What spikes do you play?

  1. Any--it doesn't matter (107 votes [13.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.53%

  2. Softspikes - Black Widow (158 votes [19.97%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.97%

  3. Softspikes - Black Widow PULSAR (140 votes [17.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.70%

  4. Softspikes - Shadow Cleats (6 votes [0.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.76%

  5. Champ Scorpion Stinger (269 votes [34.01%])

    Percentage of vote: 34.01%

  6. Champ Edge (10 votes [1.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.26%

  7. Champ Tred-Lite (1 votes [0.13%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.13%

  8. Eclipse (1 votes [0.13%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.13%

  9. Other (64 votes [8.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.09%

  10. I still play metal spikes (32 votes [4.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.05%

  11. None - I don't believe in golf shoes (3 votes [0.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.38%

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#61 generalpatton

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 07:08 PM

I buy the shoe first and then worry about spikes when the ones that came in it wear out.  Since I've been on Adidas shoes for a couple years I've been buying the Adidas replacement spikes and I really like them over the softspikes.  Second are the Champ Stingers.


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Posted 30 March 2009 - 12:54 AM

No love for the smart quill?, thinking about getting a set of Puma's but don't know much about the grip levels with the samrt quills especially in wet conditions.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 02:13 AM

Is use Pro Stingers! I forgot what traction felt like!

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 08:07 PM

I cannot stand the softspikes.  They wear great.  They give great traction, and they are a PITA to remove.  Dirt usually clogs the receptacles and after spending close to an hour removing them from a pair of shoes one day, using a pair of pliers to boot on virtually every spike, I vowed never again.  I use Champ Scorpion Stingers.  They wear a little faster than the softspikes, provide just as much traction, occasionally fall off, but in less than fifteen minutes I can change out a pair of shoes, using pliers on one or two spikes.

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 11:11 AM

I have been wearing smart quills for a bit now and love them on course.  IF not the Smart Quill system, I prefer Stinger spikes.  This is from a player that when I was young, all of our shoes were leather soles and metal spikes.  For much of my golfing career, I wore nails.  None of today's spikes grip like the nails of the past.  Metal spikes, however made it VERY interesting walking into convenience stores and other places off course that had linoleum floors.  It was WORSE than walking on ice.  Wear on everything like concrete walks, bridges and anything was unbelievable.  I understand why we have transitioned to soft spike systems.  I have to admit, I do miss the sound of spikes on concrete though.  My son is 14yrs old and at the Shell Houston Open last weekend, a pro was walking by with nails on and my son looked at me and first said "whats that" and then realized and asked if that is what spikes used to sound like.
I will say this, there arent as many spike drag marks like we used to have to deal with.  Many times in the past you would play behind someone who did not pick up their feet and there would be arching cuts all over greens.  That is rare these days.  
The Smart Quill system is awesome on course and walking on concrete even, the ONLY thing I have found that I havent been crazy about is the hard lip around the sole can be slick when you step on the edge of a golf cart floor, or on a sidestep of a truck.  In some of those instances you better be coordinated and a fast recoverer, or you will find yourself on your arse quick!  Some things never change :)


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Posted 17 April 2009 - 02:54 PM

A couple of pair of Ecco Flex with Champ Stingers -- Q-Lok (poor system) and three pair of FJ Dry Joy Pro -- transistioning from Soft Spikes to Champ Stingers.  The FJ's are Tri-Lok/Fast Twist.  All are fairly comfortable but I ride mostly so it is all about the traction.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 08:03 PM

I golf in running shoes 60% of the time and golf shoes 40%.  No I don't wear jeans, I belong to a golf club.  I find that I will slide out once ever 5 rounds in tennis shoes so it's not that big of a deal.

The best golfer (+2hc) and longest hitter of the ball I have EVER played with, plays exclusively in running shoes like ASICs.

I think golf shoes are overrated in recreational golf.

Edited by ericld, 17 April 2009 - 08:07 PM.


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Posted 17 April 2009 - 09:49 PM

does adidas (tour 360 3.0's) use their own proprietary cleat system? I know they sell the adidas traxion cleats but do i HAVE to use those?

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 10:00 PM

I dont see why the Champ Scorpion Stinger are so popular?
They only have 3 spikes that arent that long. Therefore enough walking on hard surfaces between holes will wear them out fast than the other soft spikes.

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 04:50 PM

nikes are alright, footjoy is the best and the easiest to get in and out.


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Posted 13 May 2009 - 06:45 PM

I don't look at the spike system when I buy, but really, most shoes fall into either the Q-lok or the Fast twist camp, so it's not really that big of a deal.  I had been wearing the Pulsar cleats which are very comfortable, but recently switched to the Champion Scorpion spikes (new shoes) which are not quite as comfortable, but shockingly more stable and grippy.  I also liked the Adidas specific spikes, but they clog slightly more than the Champs for me.

I might also add that it is a pain in the a** to change spikes with either the Q-lok or Fast Twist systems.  The tools they give you only work if there's no dirt or debris wedged under the spike, which, unless your shoes are new and you're just changing spikes, is never.  I usually have to use a couple pairs of pliers to get them out, and the tool to put them in.

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 06:55 PM

All my previous golf shoes until my current Nike Revive's have had small metal treads to lock them to the shoe, so this is the first pair that uses the Q-Lok, Champ Stinger.

I haven't worn my Nike's long enough to feel the spikes through the insoles like I would with my other shoes using the Metal threads. I'm not sure if that is an issue with the newer locking systems or golf shoes today.

Edited by Pweb44, 13 May 2009 - 07:05 PM.


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Posted 13 May 2009 - 07:05 PM

View PostAUDuffer, on Feb 21 2006, 01:11 PM, said:

Not really a threadjack since this is on topic, but has anyone else found it hard to remove the spikes on Adidas shoes? I was changing out the spikes on my Tour 360s and a pair of the sneaker golf shoes and it seemed like someone put the spikes on with a damn air-powered wrench--any suggestions on making the process easier or loosening them up?


I have found that to be a problem as well with new shoes that the spikes seem to be installed really tight. Usually before I wear the shoes for the first time I'll unlock them then tighten them again, but that was usually when I had spikes that used the metal threads. I found that once I did that I usually didn't have any issues later when I was replacing the worn out spikes. I also like to switch my spikes around so some the ones that get more wear are swap with others on the shoe that look hardly used. I find it help them last longer, like rotating the tires on your car for even wear and tear.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 06:49 PM

I have the Puma Swing Crown GTX with the SmartQuills also. I really like them. Very comfortable and great traction.

I always walk and these shoes have been great.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 09:58 PM

New Black Widow Tour with adjustable support!


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Posted 30 June 2009 - 10:13 AM

i LOVE my adidas DTAC spikes. they never have one of the arm break off, and those six spikes in the middle are great as well

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 09:09 PM

put black widows in a few weeks ago, lost 5 of em so far, not exactly happy about that.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 12:29 PM

I currently have multiple shoes using either Q-lock(Nike) or fast twist (FJ, Ecco) and I would honestly not buy a shoe that use any other than these two, most because two types are more than enough to keep track of spares etc. If I had to choose it would be fast twist, as I just find them easier to change. I would honestly keep to fast twist if it was not for the fact I got an unbeatable deal on high end nikes that I just couldn't turn down.

For brand of spikes it's only champ scorpions for me. This is because they are first of all the ones that give me best traction where I play and secondly I love their patented anti-mud ring thing around the fast twist threads as it really keeps dirt out and helps keeping threads clean an therefor makes changing easier and cleaner.

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 11:40 PM

Black Widow Tours in my DryJoys (Fast Twist). Best traction so far :D
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Posted 03 October 2009 - 04:24 AM

Smart Quills! Traction blows away the traditional replacable spikes!

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On my three other Adidas shoes I use SoftSpikes Black Widow Tour and on my Nike I use Scorpion Stinger.

Edited by gsazabi, 03 October 2009 - 04:26 AM.


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Posted 24 October 2009 - 08:21 AM

I am glad you like the OEM Adidas spike, which is made by "softspikes". Softspikes makes OEM spikes for 8 out 10 top shoe makers in the world.

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 08:07 AM

I wear mainly Adidas shoes and replace the spikes with the Stinger Pro before I even wear them.

There is nothing like metal spikes, the grip they offer is 2nd to none!

I have a handful of pairs with soft spikes for use at courses that wont allow metal spikes.

I'm fortunate that my club allows metal spikes, I hate soft spikes with a passion!

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 08:45 PM

Adidas THINtech

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 04:22 PM

View Postdtgolder, on 19 February 2006 - 02:15 PM, said:

Ok, so I'm wondering about spikes.

I'm likely to get a new pair of shoes this year (as the old ones are wearing out). My next to last pair used the small screw type of attachment (and came with traditional metal spikes as "original equipment"). Trouble was when I switched to soft spikes, they always twisted out, and I'd lose a spike or two every few rounds.

So, my last pair (Foot Joys) used trilock and seems to work well, but I'm now wondering if folks have a preference. Additionally, if one attachment system is far and away the winner, I'd likely consider only shoes with that system (or it is more important to get the shoe you like, irrespective of the attachment system). Is there a trend to a clear market winner in terms of attachment system, or will we likely have to live with a number of systems for some time...seems each manufacturer says their system is "best".

I'm also wondering what the consensus is on the best spikes? I've been using Scorpion for a few years now, but I like the idea of the "wear indicator" on the Champ Stingers.

Love to hear what folks are using and what they feel is best (or worst).
I like the soft spikes tour, you can adjust your spikes to have more cushion on one side, or even customize a variation of different setups.  pretty cool idea if you ask me..
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 03:18 AM

Sssshhhh..... but metal spikes are the only way to go ... especially on softer conditions.
It's quite rare nowadays that I've only had one player and one groundskeeper called me out on metal spikes.


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Posted 20 August 2010 - 06:18 AM

It is still the norm at many old traditional clubs in the UK that metal spikes are allowed and in the wet/muddy conditions you get in a UK winter through which many UK golfers play it is safer to use a metal spike.

What would be great though is to find somewhee that still makes/sells the ceramic tip versions

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 12:10 PM

Fasttwist, PULSARS

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 02:01 PM

I use Black Widows in one pair and Champ Stinger Pros in another. Of course i dont change spike out when the show is new.
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Posted 12 October 2010 - 03:10 PM

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 08:12 AM

I don't care really, my main concern is the quality and fit of the shoe itself. I've used 3-4 different type of spikes and didn't notice any difference in performance.


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