How to Remove Golf Spikes

by Cecilia Harsch Google
    Don't lose your footing because of worn down spikes.

    Don't lose your footing because of worn down spikes.

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    You should replace your golf spikes every 12 to 15 rounds. Golf spikes are like car tires; they wear down with mileage and lose their grip. Losing your footing in the middle of your swing can cause an unpredictable golf shot and cost you strokes. When replacing your golf spikes, purchase replacement spikes compatible with your shoes and verify the spike wrench’s compatibility with your current spikes. Learn how to properly remove golf spikes to avoid damaging the bottom of your golf shoe.

    Items you will need

    • Stiff brush
    • Shallow pan
    • Soft bristle brush
    • Old toothbrush
    • Towel
    • Golf spike wrench
    • Needle nose pliers

    Step 1

    Clean off the bottom of your golf shoes with a stiff brush. Soak the bottom of your golf shoes in a shallow pan of water to loosen any dry, caked-on mud.

    Step 2

    Lift the shoe from the water and scrub the shoe with a soft bristle brush. Use an old toothbrush to remove any caked-on dirt around the spikes.

    Step 3

    Dry the bottom of the shoes, paying close attention to the spike area. Wet shoes could cause the spike wrench to slip from the spike.

    Step 4

    Insert the golf spike wrench into the pin openings on the spike. Push down on the wrench while turning the spike counter-clockwise. If the spike will not turn, try grasping it with a pair of needle nose pliers and remove it.


    • Take care in removing your spikes. You do not want to break the spike off the threads. If that happens, it would require drilling the threads out of your golf shoe.


    About the Author

    Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.

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