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Study shows benefits of Softspikes vs Cleats
December 19, 2011

Softspikes, the world's best-selling golf cleat brand and the No.1 Cleat on Tour, today announced the results from a traction study on cleated golf shoes vs. non-cleated golf shoes.  The study, which was conducted at the Softspikes Advanced Research Center (ARC) , highlights the vast benefits of shoes featuring replaceable golf cleats vs. cleatless shoes in both wet and dry conditions. 

Softspikes conducted the study to provide golfers, and golf retailers alike, with a baseline for evaluating the best golf shoes on the market for traction by comparing today's new cleatless shoe models versus traditional replaceable cleated golf shoes.  Among the most telling facts resulting from the study, the Softspikes 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.  Additionally, under dry test conditions, new, out-of-the-box shoes with replaceable cleats provided up to 51% more traction then new, out-of-the box cleatless shoes, while holding traction up to 34% longer. 

Additionally, after 20 rounds of golf, shoes featuring replaceable cleats (with a fresh set of plastic cleats) maintained 100% of their original out-of-the-box traction in wet conditions, and 94% of their original traction in dry conditions.  In contrast, cleatless shoes lost 26-28% of their original out-of-the-box traction in both dry and wet 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."

Burt adds, "It is important to note that these traction tests were performed in lab conditions, on a flat surface with the compression applied directly at 90 degrees - the best possible condition for traction.  Golf courses provide very few flat stances and we believe the differences in lost traction on the course would be even greater given these factors, further favoring the traction benefits of cleated golf shoes." 

With acres of natural surface testing along with the extensive testing lab, the Softspikes ARC is the only facility of its kind developed by a golf cleat manufacturer.  It was established to conduct in-depth product development, research, testing and design of golf cleats, field sports cleats, outsoles, tees and other golf and sports footwear innovations.  As part of the management of the new facility, Softspikes works closely with leading OEM footwear partners in both the golf and sporting goods industries who utilise the facility to develop next-generation, game improvement equipment. 

"We recognise that consumers are considering cleatless golf shoes as a possible option for their golf footwear needs, so it was important to utilise the ARC's capabilities in measuring traction performance and durability to measure the significant drop off in performance of cleatless shoes." said Burt.

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