How to Change Detachable Cleats

By Brian Hill
The cleats on golf shoes provide traction on the course.
The cleats on golf shoes provide traction on the course.

Cleats, also called spikes, made of hard rubber-like material, are attached to the bottom of golf shoes to provide stability and prevent your foot from slipping during the golf swing. They do, however, wear down over time and need to be replaced. "Golf Tips Magazine" recommends changing the cleats twice per season. If you play golf almost every day or several times a week, you may have to change cleats more often.

Obtain cleats that fit your golf shoes. Cleats come in different styles and sizes, and attach to the shoes via one of four different systems. Take your shoes with you when buying the cleats to make sure they fit.

Brush off any dirt around the old cleats that are still on the shoe.

Hold the cleat wrench in your dominant hand. Hold the shoe upside down in your nondominant hand so the cleats are facing you.

Insert the wrench prongs into the cleat lock. The cleat may have two holes into which the prongs will fit. Other spike wrenches are made to fit different spike designs. Twist counterclockwise until the cleat is free. It should pop out. If it doesn't, apply a drop of lubricating oil. Give the oil a few minutes to work and try again.

Clean out any debris from the cleat lock with the toothbrush. Wipe the entire sole of the shoe with a soft cloth to remove dirt.

Place the new cleat in the cleat depression. Place the cleat wrench around the cleat and insert it into the cleat lock. Twist clockwise to lock in the cleat.

Wiggle the cleat to make sure it's securely in place.

About the Author

Brian Hill is the author of four popular business and finance books: "The Making of a Bestseller," "Inside Secrets to Venture Capital," "Attracting Capital from Angels" and his latest book, published in 2013, "The Pocket Small Business Owner's Guide to Business Plans."

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