How to Remove Golf Shoe Cleats

by William McCoy
    A spike wrench makes removing golf shoe cleats simple.

    A spike wrench makes removing golf shoe cleats simple.

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    The correct set of cleats in your golf shoes gives you traction while walking the golf course and during your swing. Over time, especially if you wear the shoes on asphalt or concrete surfaces, the plastic cleats wear down and become ineffective. When the cleats wear down, it's common for either of your feet to lose traction during your swing, which negatively affects your game. To change your spikes, you will need to obtain a wrench designed for that purpose that fits the particular brand and style of cleats.

    Items you will need

    • Spike wrench
    • Wire brush

    Step 1

    Clean the bottoms of your golf cleats with a wire brush or club-cleaning tool. An excess buildup of hardened dirt makes the successful removal of cleats difficult.

    Step 2

    Hold one golf shoe in your non-dominant hand with the cleats facing upward. Hold a spike wrench in your other hand.

    Step 3

    Place the opening of the spike wrench directly over the golf cleat. Some spike wrenches have two points that fit into the holes in the cleat; others contain a cleat-like surface that nests with the cleat.

    Step 4

    Turn the spike wrench counterclockwise to remove the old cleat. Some brands of cleats pop out after just a quarter-turn, while others screw out. Repeat this process until you have removed all the cleats from both your golf shoes.


    • If the dirt in your cleats is hard and difficult to remove with the wire brush, wet the bottom of the shoes and allow the water to permeate the dirt.
    • Alternately, insert a screwdriver between the spike and the shoe and lift slightly to break the seal created by dirt and debris.
    • Before replacing the worn-out spikes on each shoe, make sure the holes for the new spikes are clear of any debris.

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