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Frequently asked questions

Below are some frequently asked questions our PGA Experts get asked. We hope they make your buying experience seamless.  If you have a question please use our contact page and we will assist you further.  

Q. Who are Champ Golf?

A. Champ Golf is the world’s foremost and largest designer and manufacturer of golf spikes, golf accessories, and cleats, spikes, and traction products and technology for athletic and industrial footwear. Champ Golf is owned by PrideSports. 

 Q. Who are SoftSpikes Golf?

A. Softspikes®, the first and foremost name in golf cleat technology and innovation, were invented in 1993 when a winter metal spike “ban” campaign was endorsed by several U.S. State Golf Associations. Wanting to offer golfers an alternative to tennis shoes, Softspikes® co-founder Faris McMullin experimented with various “plug” designs to replace metal spikes. The eventual design, a plastic, fan-like spiral design, became the industry’s first and only patented non-metal cleat. Little did he know at the time that this design would revolutionize the golf industry and change the game forever. Softspikes, LLC is a division of PrideSports which was formed in January 2003 following Pride Manufacturing Company’s acquisition of SoftSpikes® and its sister company, TriSport Ltd. of England. This merger formed the world’s premier golf accessory company as Pride and Softspikes® are the world’s leading golf tee and golf cleat lines, respectively.

Q. Do Tour players wear Champ brand golf cleats?
A. Yes, more than 75% of all touring professionals using plastic cleats choose Champ ® brand cleats regularly in competition.
Q. How often should golfers change their cleats?
A. To maximize your performance, we recommend that you check your cleats after every 15-20 rounds of golf. You just may need a new set of Champ® brand cleats. Most avid golfers should change plastic cleats twice per season. Also, you should note that cleats in certain parts of a shoe wear out faster than in other parts. Keep an eye on the bottom of your shoes to ensure the maximum in traction.

Q. What is the easiest way to change my  Champ brand cleats and spikes?

A. We have a wide selection of wrenches that can be used to change your  Champ® and SoftSpikes brand cleats and spikes. 

Q. How do I determine which golf cleats will work with my golf shoes?

A. Use our Cleat Tech tab at the top of the page and view the insert and replacement guide as the default resource for finding out what insert system your shoe has and what cleats will fit.

Q. What is the easiest way to change my  Champ brand cleats and spikes?

A: The Champ Max Pro Wrench is a wonderful ratcheting tool that makes changing your cleats quick and easy. However, if your cleats are very worn, try the SoftSpikes ripper to remove stubborn old cleats. Keep in mind the Champ Max Pro Wrench come with a ripper attachment as part of the set.

Q. Why should I fit golf cleats to my golf shoes?

A. Simply put, cleated footwear provides better traction on the tee box, in the rough, and in the traps… and better traction means a smoother, more powerful and accurate swing. Check out our full line of replaceable cleats and get started on a better game today. 

Q. What are golf shoe cleat insert systems?

A. Insert Systems refers to the type of receptacle found on the bottom of your shoe. The Insert System determines the type of cleat that will fit your shoe. Different manufacturers use different types of receptacles, so it’s important to be able to match the right cleat to the right Insert System. Currently, there are 9 different branded receptacles on the market, with several being cross- or backward-compatible. Our guides show in the cleat tech tab at the top of the page shows the difference between each system. Once you’ve identified the type of receptacle on your shoe, use our thread guide and begin to choose what design of cleat you would like from our range.

Q. What and how many different cleat thread types are there?

A. Golf cleats and golf spikes threads are available in Fast Twist, Fast Twist 3.0, FT3, Q-Lok, PINS Thread, 6mm Small Metal Thread and 9mm Large Plastic Thread. Note: Fast Twist 3.0 are cross compatible Tour Lock, Tri-Lok, Fast Twist and Slim-Lok. Tour Lock, Tri-Lok and Slim-Lok are no longer made and have been replaced with the compatible Fast Twist 3.0 (FT3).  The original Fast Twist with the deeper thread pattern is still produced in the form of the SoftSpikes Cyclone and Black Widow Tour Cleats. 

Q. How many different receptacle cleat insert systems are there?

A. Currently, there are 9 different branded receptacle cleat insert systems on the market, with several being cross- or backward-compatible. The guides below show the difference between each system. Manufacturers choose which insert system works best for their particular golf shoe sole.

Q. What are Fast Twist 3.0 (FT3)?

A. The most advanced insert system on the market. Lower profile for better comfort. OEM system used in a large number of golf shoes. Cross-compatible with Tour Lock and Slim-Lok FT3 cleats will fit Fast Twist or Tri-Lok insert systems. Fast Twist 3.0 cleats come in packs of 18 cleats. Fast Twist 3.0 was previously branded as Tour-Lok.

Q. What are PINS Thread?

A. Introduced in 2008, compatible with PINS insert systems and will accept cleats with a PINS design. PINS cleats come in packs of 20 cleats and often found in Adidas golf shoes and some Skechers and Callaway golf shoes.

Q. What is the Q-Lok Thread?

A. Triangular locking system found mostly in older Nike golf shoes and older Ecco golf shoes and were created as an alternative to threaded inserts, just one turn and one click. Q-Lok cleats come in packs of 18 cleats. More recent Nike and Ecco golf shoes now use the Fast twist FT3 System. Ecco golf shoes had also used the Slim-Lok system which is a compatible insert system for Fast Twist 3.0.

Q. What is the size of the Large Plastic Screw in Thread?

A. The large plastic thread has a 9mm thread.  This type of thread is often found in some older shoes to include Footjoy golf shoes. 

Q. What is the size of the Small Metal Screw in Thread?

A. The small metal thread has a 6mm thread. is one of the oldest thread patterns there are and has been used and produced over many years and still in use today with golf shoe manufacturers, to include cricket shoes. 


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