Golf shoes take a beating over the course of a golf season. You might be faced with many issues even with expensive golf shoes from a brand-name manufacturer. Golfers spend some time each round on uneven lies, in the woods and bunkers, and sometimes trekking through rocks and high heather. Salvaging your shoes by making that quick fix or timely repair can be key to extending the life and effectiveness of your investment.
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Things you need
- Spike tool
- Hot water
- Shoe polish
- White shoe paint
Evaluate the condition of your spikes. If there is any wear or damage, it's time for a change. Your spikes contact the ground every step and absorb the most wear and tear; therefore, the spikes need to be replaced at least every six months or every 40 rounds, whichever comes first.
Press your spike tool to the first spike and twist it off. Repeat this step for every spike on both shoes. This is relatively easy with the advent of Fast-Click Softspike technology.
Take one fresh soft spike, twist it into the appropriate placeholder with your hand, and click it into place. Repeat until each spike is changed out.
Check that no spikes are half-on, half-off (these will easily work their way off over the course of 18 holes).
Replace "spinners," or hard-to-replace spikes, by pressing down on the spike tool while pulling up on the sole of the shoe. This will give added leverage to remove the spike from the thread.
Remove the old laces from their holders, using care not to damage the leather or the thread holders.
Thread your new laces through each loophole. This is important because laces wear over time, and not being able to tie your shoes properly robs you of key support throughout the round and season.
Pull laces to an even length on both sides of each shoe. This will ensure a firm, tight fit. Slippage or room to manoeuvre will lead to inconsistent golf swings and even injury.
Fill in any cracks in the sole, seams, and canvas with shoe repair glue in preparation for polish. The glue is readily available and holds up well in even the most gruelling conditions. Polish will discreetly cover the glue.
Take half of the towel and place it in the hot water. Keep the other half dry. You are preparing for a thorough cleansing to remove all the dirt, debris, and dust from the exterior and interior of the shoes.
Wipe the shoes down completely. Be sure not to miss any marks, dings, dirt or other imperfections on the exterior of the shoes.
Repeat Step 2 if there is dirt remaining. Otherwise, dry the shoes completely with the dry half of the towel.
Take neutral or coloured shoe polish, and polish your shoes. Massage the oil into hard-to-reach areas and across high-contact surfaces. This will cover any surface imperfections.
Use the white shoe paint for any white areas. This will provide stark contrast to other areas of the shoe, and the white will make the shoe glisten like it's new again.
Tips and warnings
- If support is breaking down, you might consider specialised insoles
- Proper polish can make all the difference in keeping the leather healthy and shiny.
- Repeating proper repair steps on a regular basis will give your shoes added life years into usage
- If damage is beyond personal repair, contact the manufacturer. Most will repair any shoe under a warranty, some without a fee.