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How to Remove Spikes Without a Cleat Wrench

by William McCoy

    Golfers who play with considerable frequency must change their spikes a few times throughout the year. Not all the spikes in your shoes wear down at the same time, but when a couple lose their effectiveness, your traction during your swing can be affected. A cleat wrench makes removing your spikes simple. If you've lost your wrench or don't have one, it's still possible to pull the used spikes out of the soles of your shoes.

    Items you will need

    • Golf cleaning tool
    • Pliers

    Step 1

    Rub the spikes with the brush end of a golf cleaning tool to remove caked-on mud. If you don't have a cleaning tool, use a wire brush or stiff-bristled brush. If the mud is too hard, wet it with a sponge to soften it first.

    Step 2

    Grip the spike with a set of pliers. Needle-nosed pliers or larger pliers work equally well in this situation. If you have metal spikes, pinch the metal spike itself. With plastic spikes, lay needle-nosed pliers across the spike so that you grip two of the spikes.

    Step 3

    Turn the pliers counterclockwise to unscrew the spike from the shoe. If the pliers lose their grip, grab hold of the spike again. Repeat this process until you remove all the spikes in need of replacement.

    Tips

    • Although it's possible to attach new spikes to your shoes without a cleat wrench, the process is more difficult than it needs to be. Buy a cleat wrench or borrow one from a fellow golfer.

    About the Author

    Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as health, nutrition and sports. He has spent much of his career in community news, including at "Nepean This Week" newspaper, and has written for "Canadian Sports Collector" magazine. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.