Winter golf is always wet and yucky, especially as it seems that days of cold and clear weather seem to have been replaced by cool, damp grey days with occasional weeks of sub-tropical warmth.

The combination of long periods of wet weather with poor drying conditions means that even with some great drainage the conditions underfoot tend to be slippery, yet we are seeing people go out to play with what can only be described s inappropriate footwear. You wouldn’t wear stilettos on the ice rink so why play winter golf in a pair of dimpled summer shoes? Equally, for those of you thinking “that is good, I have proper golf shoes”, what is the use of having them if the cleats are so worn down that they have nothing to grip with or have fallen out entirely?

The great thing about Golf Shoes is that they should last you several seasons if you look after them – now here is where we can help prolong the life of your golf shoes.
1. Always clean the mud off your shoes using our Shoe Cleaner, found next to the 18th Hole exit
2. Use a little shoe polish on them if they are leather
3. Before going out to play, check that your cleats are in good condition and if they are not, bring them in to the Pro Shop!

Here’s more information:

Do golf spikes make a difference?

Spikes will likely provide a bit more lateral stability overall than spikeless styles, especially on hilly courses and in wet conditions. If you’re playing on a wet, soggy course, spikes may give you better traction on the soft turf.

Can you walk on concrete with golf shoes?

You can wear spiked golf shoes on a concrete or gravel area, but it will be extremely uncomfortable and will lead to spike damage. Even plastic or molded rubber spiked golf shoes are not designed for walking on concrete, they are specifically designed to be worn on the golf course.

How often should you be changing your spikes?

The general rule of thumb is to change your spikes every 15-20 rounds, or about twice a year for the average golfer. This is all depending on weather/course conditions and the type of golfer you are. For example, someone playing 3 times a week, walking on a lot of cart paths will degrade their spikes a lot quicker. On the other hand, a golfer who is more prone to take a buggy, or not play as regularly, will see more life on their spikes.

Spending £12 on a new set of cleats to get another season out of your shoes must be a good thing compared to £80 or more on a new pair of shoes so check your shoes today and pop in to the Pro Shop to see Tom and the team and they willl remove your old cleats and pop the new ones in!