Best Golf Shoe Spikes 2023

Do your golf spikes need replacing? The best golf shoe spikes and cleats will add traction and stability to your game

Best Golf Shoe Spikes
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Best Golf Shoe Spikes

Your golf shoes are the only point of contact between you and the ground so it's crucial that your spikes are in good condition. Therefore not only is it important to give the shoes you wear on the course some TLC everynow and again, but also you need to make sure that the spikes on your golf shoes are all in full working order. 

Spikes often get damaged and need replacing from so a fresh set will certainly give you more traction and may help you hit the ball better and further. There are a number of different spike systems used to connect and replace cleats so it is imperative that you check which one your shoes use. Most cleated shoes use the Fast Twist 3.0 system, which requires a two-pronged tool to remove and replace them with. They are easy to use and to learn a bit more we recommend taking a look at our guide on the best spiked golf shoes (opens in new tab) out there right now. In this guide, we'll be walking you through some of the best golf cleats on the market, but if you're not a fan of spiked golf shoes and are looking for something a little more lightweight, check out our best golf sneakers (opens in new tab) and best spikeless golf shoes (opens in new tab) guides. 

Best Golf Shoe Spikes

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Champ Zarma Tour Fast Twist 3.0 Cleats

Champ Zarma Tour Fast Twist 3.0 Cleats

Specifications

Quantity: 18 per pack

Reasons to buy

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Reinforced wrench holes 
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Visible wear indicators 

Reasons to avoid

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Only fit to certain shoe types

The Champ Zarma Tour cleats have visible C wear indicators fitted so you know when it's time to replace them. They come with reinforced wrench holes for easy removal and fitting. They are one of the most ergonomic and easy-to-use sets of spikes in golf, plus you'll get 18 in a pack, allowing you six on each shoe and four spares as future replacements.

Champ Stinger Q-Lok Spikes

Champ Stinger Q-Lok Spikes

Specifications

Quantity: 18 spikes per pack

Reasons to buy

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Wear indicator
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Six lugs per cleat

Reasons to avoid

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Yellow and black colorway might not match all shoes

Using the Q-Lok system, these Champ Stinger cleats come with a wear indicator so you know when it's time to replace them. The yellow and black colorway is very stylish and there's plenty of grip on offer with six legs on each cleat. They are also non-clogging, which is particularly handy if you're playing on wet, muddy ground. 

Champ 18 Stinger Fast Twist 3 Spikes

Champ 18 Stinger Fast Twist 3 Spikes

Specifications

Quantity: 18

Reasons to buy

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Soft TPU material
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Non-Clogging

Reasons to avoid

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Only fit into a certain type of shoe

The Champ Stinger cleats also come in the Fast Twist 3.0 system. The cleats have been created from a soft durometer TPU and provide superior comfort and durability. They also have a visible C indicator which will, as before, show you wne you need to replace these spikes. They also feature a green-friendly design which helps to minimize marks on the greens. Pairing well with many of the products on our best golf shoes guide (opens in new tab), these are an excellent set of spikes that will help give you the traction you need off the turf. 

Softspikes Ultimate Cleat Kit

Softspikes Ultimate Cleat Kit

Specifications

Quantity: 18

Reasons to buy

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Comes with a removal tool

Reasons to avoid

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PINS system only fits in Nike, FootJoy and Callaway shoes

Softspikes make some of the best golf shoe spikes in the business and this kit fits into that narrative too. This brilliant bundle comes with a tool as well as the cleats, meaning you don't have to go around buying a spike remover tool separately. These spikes stay in place for long periods at a time thanks to their tri-locking functionality, but they can also be removed and popped off pretty quickly, making them great for any golfer who doesn't want to have to faff around with their shoes. They fit the PINS system, which is used on some of the best FootJoy golf shoes (opens in new tab) as well as Callaway and Nike. 

Softspikes Golf- Pivix Spikes

Softspikes Golf Pivix Spikes

Specifications

Quantity : 18

Reasons to buy

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Good range of color options
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Fits the Fast Twist 3.0 system

Reasons to avoid

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Only fits Fast Twist 3.0 system

The Pivix cleats from Softspikes come in a range of color options and fit the Fast Twist 3.0 system. They feature lots of technology including reactive web geometry, which enhances energy return for unmatched comfort. These spikes are also great for anyone who doesn't want too much grip on the turf as they feature low-profile reinforced spring-flex legs that provide ample grip on the ground. They're also green-friendly, making them great if you're conscious about leaving marks on the turf. 

Softspikes Pulsar Cleat (FTS 3.0)

Softspikes Pulsar Cleat (FTS 3.0)

Specifications

Quantity: 18

Reasons to buy

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Features a fast twist 3.0 locking system
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Excellent performance
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Flexor knuckles give improved strength

Reasons to avoid

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May be too long for some golfers

These Pulsar cleats from Softspikes use the Fast Twist 3.0 system and are available in a wide range of colors. They feature maximum comfort and performance via a 16-component design and their flexor knuckles giving enhanced strength that reacts to every angle of force exerted by golfers.

adidas ThinTech Exp Clamshell Golf Cleats

adidas ThinTech Exp Clamshell Golf Cleats

Specifications

Quantity: 20

Reasons to buy

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Easy for adidas shoe owners
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Available in three colors

Reasons to avoid

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Only useful for adidas shoes 

adidas is one of the very few, if not only, golf shoe brands that makes their own cleats. If you're an adidas shoe owner, then these will be the ones for you. They come in packs of 20, with a cleat removal tool included and are available in black, white or gray. They offer great stability on the turf and excellent durability that can be worn in winter, spring and summer. If you don't already own a pair of adidas golf shoes, take a look at our guide on the best adidas golf shoes (opens in new tab).

Softspikes Tornado Golf Cleat Spikes

Softspikes Tornado Golf Cleat Spikes

Specifications

Quantity: 18

Reasons to buy

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Multi-material construction
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Fits the Fast Twist 3.0 system

Reasons to avoid

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Only fits the Fast Twist 3.0 system

These Tornado cleats from Softspikes work with a range of systems including Fast twist 3.0. It is a multi-material counter-rotational design to help keep you locked in during the golf swing. These cleats offer great traction even in the toughest of conditions but can also be changed easily and quickly if you need to substitute a spike on the golf course. 

Softspikes Black Widow Golf Cleat, PINS

Softspikes Black Widow Golf Cleat

Specifications

Quantity: 18

Reasons to buy

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Friendly on greens 
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Fits the PINS system

Reasons to avoid

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Only fits PINS system

These classic-styled Black Widow soft cleats use the PINS system and offer exceptional grip to allow the cleat to flex on putting surfaces for unmatched green friendliness. Featuring eight spikes on one cleat, these shoes offer great grip on the turf but also give great flexibility when walking on the greens. 

Golfkicks Golf Traction Kit for Sneakers with DIY Golf Spikes

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Golfkicks Golf Traction Kit for Sneakers with DIY Golf Spikes

Specifications

Quanity: 20

Reasons to buy

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Excellent for those wanting to bring their own style to the course
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Add spikes to your favorite shoes

Reasons to avoid

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DIY cleats can damage your shoes

Fancy doing something a little different and adding a set of cleats to the bottom of your favorite sneakers or trainers? Well, why not get creative with this DIY kit from Golfkicks that comes with a set of cleats, a screwdriver, a sharpie, a hex tool and some shoe goo. Use this kit to transform any pair of shoes into a fancy pair of golf trainers that will give you excellent traction on the course. The cleats themselves are made from a durable rubber and feature a metal core that keeps the spike locked into the shoe. 

You will need to make sure that the soles of the shoes you're looking to embed these cleats into are thick enough for the spikes. Golfkicks recommend a shoe that has a sole that is 1/3 of an inch in thickness but does not have a spongy sole. You can then map the cleat positions to the places you want them to give your feet maximum grip on the turf. 

How we test golf spikes

In terms of testing shoe spikes, our testing process is similar to all the other golf gear reviews we produce in that manufacturers cannot pay for a good review and we always tell it how we see it. While our writer Dan Parker (opens in new tab) heads up all reviews on golf shoes, we should say that everyone in the Golf Monthly team are golfers and have experience playing at a variety of different levels. We feel this gives us honesty and integrity in the reviews that we produce. We seek to try and be as comprehensive as possible in testing and reviewing each product which means we have used it over a number of rounds, in different conditions, as this often gives us great insight into things like durability, fit, quality and so on.

Specifically, when it comes to testing golf shoe spikes, we look to test each cleat in a variety of conditions to assess several factors that include, durability, weatherproofing and how easy they are to put on and take off. One of the most important factors when picking a new golf cleat is perhaps its durability. A pack of cleats does not come cheap so it is wise to ensure you're buying the spikes that will last the longest amount of time. 

What to consider when buying new golf spikes

Not many golfers realize the importance of the spikes on the bottom of their golf shoes and neither do they understand how crucial it is to keep changing them once they start to wear down. If you want to ensure you're getting the best traction between your feet and the turf to help you play the best shot possible, then you need to ensure you're playing with a good set of spikes on the soles of your golf shoes. For that reason, we've put together a list of key considerations you must think about when purchasing a set of golf spikes. 

1. Length

Depending on your preferences, you can get golf shoe spikes in varying degrees of length that give you more or less traction to the turf. The length of cleat usually depends on what you feel comfortable walking and playing in, but factors like the weather and ground conditions should also play a part in your choice. For example, if you're regularly playing in wet conditions, longer cleats will give you better grip. Dryer conditions? Shorter cleats will give you more stability. 

2. Flex 

You also want your cleats to flex a little. Cleats that are rock solid don't give you good foot support and they will also be very uncomfortable to walk in. Having that extra flex in your stride can make 18 holes on the course much more enjoyable and be better for your ankles. 

3. Durability

Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is how durable each set of spikes are. The more durable, the longer the spikes will last and that is a very important factor to consider, especially when a bag of new cleats can set you back between $15 and $20. 

4. Ease of use

Applying your spikes to your golf shoes shouldn't be a chore. While you will want them to lock in place to your shoe so they don't fall out on the course, it's also important to remember that you will want to be able to take them out quickly when you're done with them. Look out for cleats that also come with an application tool that will help you loosen and tighten the spikes on the soles of your golf shoes. 

5. Fit

Fit is another seriously important thing to remember when picking your set of cleats. Remember to make sure to get the right cleats for your golf shoes, you can sometimes even try them on before you buy them so definitely do that first. The majority of golf shoes will conform to a Fast Twist 3.0 system, but make sure your shoe does too by taking a look at the spikes already in the shoe and the receptacle that holds them.

Spiked golf shoes are fantastic for golf in colder months of the year but if you regularly play in hotter months on dryer courses, a pair of spikeless golf (opens in new tab) shoes may be a better option for you! For more advice on some of the best golf shoes on the market, check out our guide on the best golf shoes (opens in new tab).

FAQs

Can you change the spikes on your golf shoes?

Yes, you can and you should do so every couple of years or as soon as your golf spikes start to wear out, to ensure that you have good traction against the turf and can play better golf shots.

Is it better to wear spiked or spikeless golf shoes?

That depends on your preferences as a golfer and the conditions you're playing in. Some golfers prefer to use spiked shoes as they provide greater grip on the turf, while other golfers prefer to use spikeless shoes as they are lighter, more breathable and are better for summer climates. 

Do professional golfers wear spikes?

Yes, some professional golfers choose to wear spiked golf shoes while others prefer to wear spikeless golf shoes. Each is fine as they both offer performance enhancing qualities depending on your preference of grip. 

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x