Softspikes outlines benefits of cleated shoes

Tests determine replaceable golf cleats consistently outperform cleatless shoes

Golfmagic Equipment
Fri, 16 Dec 2011

Softspikes, the No.1 cleat on Tour, has revealed the benefits of using cleated golf shoes compared to cleatless ones via results from a traction study.

The test, conducted at the Softspikes Advanced Research Centre (ARC), determined that in wet conditions, new, out-of-the-box cleated shoes provided up to 70% more traction then new, out-of-the-box cleatless shoes, while holding traction up to 32% longer.

Under dry test conditions, shoes with replaceable cleats provided up to 51% more traction then new cleatless shoes, while holding traction up to 34% longer. 

Additionally, after 20 rounds of golf, shoes featuring replaceable cleat maintained 100% of their original traction in wet conditions, and 94% of their original traction in dry conditions.  In contrast, cleatless shoes lost 26-28% of traction in both conditions.

“Although we based this study on just 5,000 steps, compared to the more than 200,000 a golfer would normally take over 20 rounds, the results were quite eye-opening,” said Bob Burt, Vice President, Engineering and OEM Development, Softspikes.

“Out-of-the-box and new, cleatless golf shoes have 50-70% less traction than the shoes with golf cleats, and in just over three weeks of use the shoes lost another 25-28% of their traction capability.  That’s a considerable loss of traction for new golf shoes.”

The traction tests were performed in lab conditions, on a flat surface with the compression applied directly at 90 degrees, which the company attains is the best possible condition for traction.

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