Can You Replace Spikes on Golf Shoes?

By Kim Kleinle

Golf spikes wear down with use, especially the nonmetal spikes. Replacing the spikes is simple with the right tool. Only golf shoes with a molded bottom have nonreplaceable spikes.

Replacement Spikes

Be sure to buy the correct replacement spikes based on the brand of shoe. Spikes are available at golf pro shops and retail stores.

Remove Spikes

Using a spike wrench, twist the spikes counterclockwise. Be careful not to strip the threads.


Clean the bottom of your shoes with a small brush. Make sure to get the dirt out of the spike receptacles.

Install New Spikes

Put the new spikes in place by hand and tighten with the spike wrench. The small and large thread cleats screw in until tight.

Change Spikes Often

Softspikes recommends changing your cleats after 10 rounds, while Champ says the spikes should last 12 to 15 rounds. If the spikes wear down too much, they become difficult, if not impossible, to change.

About The Author

Kim Kleinle is a PGA/LPGA professional and a member of a select group certified in instruction by the Professional Golfers' Association. She began writing in 1980 after earning her degree. Her work has appeared online, in "Northeast Golfer" and in newspapers, including the "Scranton Times." Kleinle holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Point Park University, Pittsburgh.

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