How to Remove Golf Shoe Cleats

By William McCoy
A spike wrench makes removing golf shoe cleats simple.

The correct set of cleats in your golf shoes gives you traction while walking the golf course and during your swing. Over time, especially if you wear the shoes on asphalt or concrete surfaces, the plastic cleats wear down and become ineffective. When the cleats wear down, it's common for either of your feet to lose traction during your swing, which negatively affects your game. To change your spikes, you will need to obtain a wrench designed for that purpose that fits the particular brand and style of cleats.

Clean the bottoms of your golf cleats with a wire brush or club-cleaning tool. An excess buildup of hardened dirt makes the successful removal of cleats difficult.

Hold one golf shoe in your non-dominant hand with the cleats facing upward. Hold a spike wrench in your other hand.

Place the opening of the spike wrench directly over the golf cleat. Some spike wrenches have two points that fit into the holes in the cleat; others contain a cleat-like surface that nests with the cleat.

Turn the spike wrench counterclockwise to remove the old cleat. Some brands of cleats pop out after just a quarter-turn, while others screw out. Repeat this process until you have removed all the cleats from both your golf shoes.

About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.

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