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Junior Golf: Changing Spikes

In this Monday Mulligan we will look at the most common maintenance required with spiked golf shoes and that is replacing the spikes or cleats, as they are sometimes called, on the shoes. (image jennleforge.com)image
Changing the spikes sounds so simple, but I can assure you that there have been several times I thought I was going to pull a muscle trying to break a worn spike loose. Some of them seem to be almost glued in place!
2 keys which will make changing cleats/spikes much much easier is 1st have a proper tool for the job. These sell for about $5-$10, fit your hand nicely and are as they say, the right tool for the job. The 2nd aide is to get a pan or bowl big enough to hold at least 1 golf shoe, obviously holding both shoes is better. Put about 1-inch of water in the bowl and let the sole of the golf shoe soak in the water for a few minutes to help loosen and mud and dirt around the threads of the cleats. Now the tool should relatively easily break the spikes free and you can remove them. If, after soaking, they still don’t come loose, spray some lubricant on them and allow them to soak a few minutes. Hopefully now they will come loose. If they still won’t cooperate, repeat the above steps or get someone bigger and stronger than you to turn the tool.
Once all the old spikes are out, clean the orifices so all dirt and grime is removed. Allow them to dry. Spray a bit of lubricant in the holes before installing the new spikes. This step seats the new spikes nicely and may aide in easier removal the next time you swap them out. (image soft spike images, link is not active)image
Be certain to buy the correct spikes for your daughter’s shoes. There are several different thread patterns and what you buy must match the grooves on her golf shoes. Once you have identified the thread type, there may be 2 or 3 different kinds of spikes to choose from. This changes a lot so just because you have spikes left over from her previous pair of golf shoes, don’t assume they will fit her current pair. Double check!
Examine her cleats at least monthly. Always replace any missing cleats. We replaced S3’s cleats every 6 months or more often. He was constantly playing golf and these soft spikes wear out and then they begin to lose their grip. Got to have good spikes!
See you on #1 tee looking for good traction… Sam

Junior Golf: Spikes Or Spikeless

In today’s Friday Flop Shot we will look at another criteria for buying golf shoes for your son, those with spikes or the ones without spikes, called spikeless. It does make a difference.(photo offcoursegolf.com)img_0106

In a TV broadcast a couple of years ago, Paul Azinger and David Feherty were talking about spikes and golf shoes. Zinger said, “They’d have to pay me a million dollars to wear a pair of those spikeless shoes!” To which Feherty replied, “Yes, I want nails!”

What does this conversation mean?
The purpose of spikes on golf shoes is basically traction, not slipping. There are a lot of times it’s tough to get good traction on a golf course. Grass, in itself is slippery and the longer it is, the tougher it can be to get solid traction. Loose dirt or sand, mud, small rocks or gravel all present their own traction challenges. So traction in merely walking or taking a stance has its own issues. But what Zinger and Feherty were mostly referring to is stability during the golf swing and follow-through. The forward foot must remain stable for proper distance, direction and balance, as well as helping prevent injury due to slipping.
Watch highly skilled golfers, men or women, and pay particular attention to their balance. It is a thing of beauty and it is essential in order to play golf at the highest level. You can also try walking around the golf course in shoes with limited traction. How is it to walk up a steep grassy slope? Not that much fun? Hard to get traction?
What’s a Dad or Mom to do for their junior golfer? Here’s a real-life example. Our whole family wore Adidas Tour 360 golf shoes for years and loved them. No break-in period, always waterproof and comfortable and good-looking. These are the shoes with the 3 45-degree stripes on the side that you see a bunch of the pros, both men and women wearing. They have soft spikes. They are fabulous golf shoes! (image google.com)image
So about S3’s junior year in college he falls in love with the Footjoy Comfort Spikeless golf shoe, bought 2 pairs and wore them almost 2 years. Now, please understand that while spikeless golf shoes do not have spikes, they do have small nubs on the sole for some degree of traction. It is not close to the amount of traction the your son can get with soft spikes, however. Near the end of his senior year, S3 says he’s going back to soft spikes, from his spikeless golf shoes, because he slipped a couple of times in tournaments, on long grass and it cost him some strokes. Ah, the price of education!image
Even if your son is shooting in the 70’s every round, I still feel you will put him in the best position for success by going with spikes. He needs the traction. The most important factor is proper fit, that the shoes are comfortable and need NO break-in period. With all the comfort technology available today, there is no reason to ever buy golf shoes with a break-in time. Your son should be able to put them on and go walk 18 holes immediately, with no problem. (photo golfwrx)
They must be waterproof. Quality shoes usually offer 1 or 2-year periods of waterproof warranty. Also important for your budget is to buy shoes with replaceable soft spikes. There are some models without this feature and the issue is that when the spikes are worn, the shoes are no good for golf and you now must buy new shoes instead of new spikes, big dollar differential!
See you on #1 tee with a new pair of soft spike golf shoes… Sam

Junior Golf: Christmas Gift Ideas

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we will start looking at some possible Christmas gifts for your daughter. Yes, it’s barely into November but there are great sales showing up every day and there are many reasons to start shopping now.img_0102

What does she need in her golf inventory? New cool/cold/wet weather clothing is always useful and the new technology advances mean that last year’s models, some of which are still on closeout are great buys and are still great clothes. Staying current with technology is expensive and frustrating. We try to stay within 2 years on most items and 3 to 4 years on clubs. (Dufner photo golfdigest.com)

Junior golfers get bigger so just keeping up with their growth spurts is tough enough, so spending money on clothing, outerwear and shoes is an ongoing process. In our family we were seemingly always checking S3’s golf shoes for proper fit and cleat length. Good golf shoes are the most important item of clothing for your junior golfer. Her feet must be happy! There’s just no way to play good golf when her feet are hurting, cold or wet.

Start shopping now. Take her to a store with a decent stock of girls golf shoe styles and sizes. She will find a shoe she likes. Take a photo of the label so you have all the descriptive information. Make certain it is waterproof. We do not buy any golf shoes unless they are waterproof. There is always water somewhere on a golf course and wet feet are not a good thing. (image pinterest.com)image

If you are not close to a large golf retailer, go online. 2 great places to start are Amazon.com and tgw.com. Returns are easy so order, always a bigger size, and do the return thing until your young golfer is happy. There are always plenty of quality golf shoes on sale. There is no reason to pay retail. Name brand shoes will run from $100-$200 or more, even on sale. If this is tough on your budget, start putting $20 bills in an envelope to save up. Buy the very best golf shoes you can afford and saving up for a few months is worth it!

See you on #1 tee with some good-looking new golf shoes… Sam

Junior Golf: Warm Dry Feet

In this Friday Flop Shot we will discuss the second most important piece of equipment for your daughter. Properly fitted golf clubs are, of course, the most important item in her golf inventory. But what we are talking about today is, with many parents, not given the attention and respect these critical items deserve.image

During golf practice and tournaments, your girl spends a lot more time putting 1 foot in front of the other than she does swinging a golf club. Parents, help your daughter appreciate and respect her feet. Shoes that are not golf shoes and ill-fitting shoes hurt your girl’s ability to hit good shots. Lack of traction, lack of lateral support, being too high above the ground all can show up in shoes that are not specifically designed for golf. (photo offcoursegolf.com)

Take your daughter to the nearest store that has at least 3 different brands of golf shoes and start trying them on. Write down the exact make and model number of the ones that fit and that she likes. If the price is above your budget buy them online during a sale. The selection becomes much larger once she starts wearing adult-sized shoes. Never buy any make or model of golf shoe that she has not previously tried on.

imageLinda, S3 and I have pretty much worn only 3 brands of golf shoes over the last 16 years: Adidas, FootJoy and TRUE linkswear. Adidas Tour 360 or similar models selling for around $200.00 are by far the ones we have bought most often and they are fabulous golf shoes! S3 is currently wearing spikeless FootJoy Contour Casuals and he loves them! Linda and I are currently wearing the TRUE linkswear zero drop, barefoot technology golf shoes which we find very comfortable. We always buy waterproof golf shoes. Wet feet are not your daughter’s friend on the golf course. (photo eBay.com.au)

imageCotton socks in our house are not for golf. I only wear them in hot weather to the range or if I am riding in a cart. There is no good reason for your daughter to wear cotton socks when she is walking in a golf tournament. The high tech socks available today provide a much higher level of cushion, comfort, hygiene, foot health, wicking and temperature control than any cotton or cotton blend can ever come close to. Buy several pairs of these and double check that your daughter likes them and will wear them without complaining. The 1st time she has trouble in an event from wearing the wrong socks, she will be much more amenable to your advice. Look for polyester or polyester blends or wool blends. Today’s wool is not as itchy as before.

Happy feet are a must to play good golf! Cushioned, dry, cool or warm as the temperature dictates is what you want for your daughter’s feet. Buy her proper golf shoes and socks today.

See you on #1 tee with comfy feet… Sam

Junior Golf: A Must Have-Waterproof Golf Shoes

imageIn today’s Wednesday Waggle we are going to look at some wet weather tips. There are always wet spots on golf courses even in the middle of the summer in a drought. There’s a creek, pond, hazard, leaky sprinkler or pipe so water is something you have to deal with in golf. Some days the moisture is just on the ground and other days it’s in the air too.

I think for the purposes of this post we’ll focus on golf shoes. There are plenty of additional wet weather tips for future posts. So, our family believes that next to properly-fitted golf clubs, quality waterproof golf shoes are a seriously important piece of gear. We have always bought name -brand waterproof golf shoes. Yes, children’s sizes can be hard to find and expensive so the thought process is: learn how to find bargains on the desired shoes and be patient as you wait for your junior golfer’s feet to get big enough for adult sizes, which makes this process easier and cheaper. (photo golfdigest.com)

Wet feet are horrible for any golfer, much less your daughter who may try to gut it out and tell you she’s fine, even when her wet socks and shoes are chewing her feet up. Yes Mom and Dad most of our kids are tougher than we give them credit for and they don’t want to disappoint us. This means there are times they just won’t fess up when they are hurting.

Here’s how to buy quality golf shoes without breaking the bank. Sign up for free emails from the big golf online stores: The Golf Warehouse, Golfsmith, Golf Galaxy, Edwin Watts Golf and more.
While you can go on eBay or Amazon, we find that dealing with the stores themselves is easier if there is an issue. Most golf shoes have a waterproof warranty as follows: No Warranty(no protection from water), 1-year Waterproof Warranty and 2-year Waterproof Warranty. S3, Linda and I have worn many pairs of Adidas, FootJoy and now TRUE Linkswear golf shoes and every pair has had some waterproof warranty. And to this point over some 16 years we have never had any pair of any of these brands leak. Folks there are some good golf shoes being made.image

If you can be patient, some store always has some golf shoes on sale. Check them out. I don’t mean to play favorites, but The Golf Warehouse seems to always have golf shoes on sale. They may be close-outs of lasts year’s styles, but so what they are still great shoes, now at a really great price. (photo tgw.com)

Parents, you can keep water from coming in from the soles, seams, fabric/material of your daughter’s golf shoes. Buy quality as recommended above. Now keeping water from coming in over the top of the shoe or from running down the clothes or leg into the shoe is a matter for another day.

See you on #1 tee, with dry feet… Sam

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