Question of the Week

Spikes vs. Spikeless?

Based on independent study results citing the benefits of golf shoes with and without spikes, which do you prefer — a shoe that offers greater ball distance or comfort?

A study on the benefits of golf shoes with and without spikes resulted in a difference of about 6 yards off the tee for mid- to high-handicap players. Which type of shoe would you prefer, one that provides distance or one that offers comfort?

Please email your response to editor Stuart Hall. In order to publish, please include your first and last name, along with your city and state of residence.


Without a doubt, give me a golf shoe that looks, feels and works like a golf shoe. I don’t want to wear something that looks like an athletic shoe or sneaker. I want spikes that provide the ultimate grip and stability that you definitely can’t get in a spikeless shoe.

While I have, for the most part, been a Footjoy Classic guy, I have found that the top of the line Adidas shoes with spikes are equally as good and every bit as, if not more, comfortable.

Ted Biskind
Cleveland, Ohio

Unless those 6 yards were in the desired direction, I’d go with comfort. At our age, everything that makes playing more fun is a gift. For that matter being able to play at 78 is a gift.

Gene Rozea
Granite Falls, N.C.

Great article on shoes. Comfort vs. distance. Living here in The Villages, I say why take a chance. I believe in “disfort” as a way to combine both.

PJ Vicary
The Villages, Fla.

I prefer to wear cross trainers / trail walkers. Currently wear Skechers. I walk all winter here in the Phoenix area and the Skechers hold my feet as steady as golf shoes and are way more comfortable — even when the course is wet. They are also generally a bit cheaper than golf shoes. So I am going for comfort with "spikeless shoes." When distance becomes a problem, I plan on playing a more forward tee.

Donald Beck
Phoenix, Ariz.

I'm a spikes guy. I wish we could still wear nails. I really dislike all these new sneaker-looking shoes — give me FootJoy Classics. [These new shoes] wear out and they slip. Plus, lousy support. If you can find it, Al Barkow did a short tape of golf stories and between chapters is the sound of metal spikes on a cart path — gives you goose bumps. Be safe.

Larry Guli
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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