How They Work

Installation & How They Work


Please watch before jumping in - Golfkicks are a DIY product designed to work for many install skill levels but are only as good as your mounting job - properly mounted Golfkicks® stay in, poorly mounted Golfkicks fall out - use your skills and your shoe goo.

Shoe selection can make installation super easy or highly advanced! Flat rubber is key to success and some shoe models have hard materials such as carbon fiber or plastic under the rubber (Jordan 11, Foamposite, and many more). These models require a pilot hole or your Golfkicks will break on the hard stuff.

Take your time, use 8 per shoe max, you have extras in the box.

SOLES WITH FLAT SPOTS to support the entire base of the cleat are a MUST. The more flat/snug you get the cleats the happier you will be. We use a dab of shoe goo on the threads on all installs nowadays.

Jordan 11's/Foamposites/shoes with CARBON FIBER or PLASTIC under rubber you'll need to drill a pilot hole (5/32 bit 6mm deep) before mounting. This is an ADVANCED install only recommended if you know what you're doing.

ANY AIR or gel bladders have the potential of puncturing but we have found this doesn't matter on the golf course. We have popped several in testing and have customers do it on purpose all the time.

Know what you're screwing into. You are in charge of the shoes you select and some work much better than others. If in doubt look up your shoe model/deconstruct on google and you can usually find what the guts of the shoe look like or ask us for help -

Sole rot warning - we love seeing older shoes get a new life on the golf course but if midsole is crusty/rotted Golfkicks spikes can accelerate sole delamination.

PRO TIP: We use Shoe Goo (dries with flexibility) on almost every install now. Dab some Goo on the threads before screwing in.

PRO TIP: If you have access to a drill this makes it very easy, your Kit now includes a 5mm hex insert drill bit. 

CHOICE OF SHOES - Soles need to be 1/3 inch thick and have RUBBER (NOT FOAM) on the bottom. The flatter the sole the better. If you have a lot of traction on the sole you don't need Golfkicks.

Mount your Golfkicks on a FLAT area of your shoe so that the disc part of the cleat is flat and has FULL CONTACT with your sole for support. Do not hang off raised traction. Do not install a cleat way up on your toe this is not necessary.

Pro tip - place cleats upside down on sole to map out placement then dot with included sharpie before screwing in cleats


Some shoes have bladders that are too close to the sole and you may sacrifice the air pressure if you choose these models (Max 270, 32's, some Zoom, too many models to list).

PLACEMENT – ALL SHOES ARE DIFFERENT -  Start with 4 cleats in the heel and 4 in the fore-foot of each shoe (less on kids/smaller shoes) and remember to mount flat vs. at an angle/tilt.


The easiest way to install your Golfkicks is to mark your cleat positions on the sole, and use included hex driver to screw in Golfkicks to the point where the disc snugs up against the sole of your shoe. DO NOT OVER TURN as this will strip out your sole material making it hard for the Golfkicks to stay in place. When snug, give an extra 1/4 turn to allow the underside ridges to grab your sole.

  • Golfkicks are meant to be permanent. Avoid repeatedly removing and installing your Golfkicks into the same hole as this will cause the sole material in the hole to weaken and be less supportive. 
  • Be aware that softer, spongier sole materials will not hold Golfkicks. We pack extra Golfkicks in every package in case you lose a few.

HELP! – send us a note and we will help you.

Satisfaction Guarantee - If you are not satisfied with our products please send us a note and we'll help/replace/refund - 

SHOW US YOUR KICKS! – send us pics of your creations to and we will post on Instagram (Follow us on Instagram – PHOTOS on grass/golf course are much better than kitchen counter!

Thanks again! We are just getting started as a company (a few guys in a Denver garage) so we want you to be extremely happy with your Golfkicks. 


Vans Tips

HEADS UP ON VANS! - Place cleats in the bottom of the traction buckets on VANS, use Shoe Goo to keep Golfkicks from falling out on golf course and VANS are doable. You will feel the cleats on the cart path but Vans are the favorite golf shoe for our cofounder Matt he rocks them every day.


Quick install at the course

Jordans Tips (no pilot hole needed unless going through carbon fiber)


AIR MAX/Treaded soles (ADVANCED)

  • Lay out spikes upside down/mark with included sharpie
  • Razor off existing traction to create flat spot for spikes (careful!)
  • Add dab of shoe goo to threads
  • Mount spikes




    • Some surfaces can be extremely slippery for Golfkicks.
    • Be careful out there. Golfkicks are designed to give you extra traction on the golf course but they do not eliminate the inherent dangers of playing golf or using tools for installation. Golfkicks is not liable for any injury, loss or consequential damage resulting from the installation, wearing, or other use of our products.



    • Q: What are Golfkicks made of?
    • A: Metal and rubber.
    • Q: Why pay for a Traction Kit when I can buy golf shoes?
    • A: Our customers own plenty of golf shoes but love the limitless options Golfkicks provide for style, comfort, kids, orthopedic needs, giving old shoes new life, etc.
    • Q: Will they ruin my shoes or make them leak?
    • A: Golfkicks are meant to be permanent but if removed usually leave only a small incision in the rubber and the 7mm screw does not go all the way through sole of recommended shoes. Different soles heal in different ways, some barely visible: Pictured Allbirds, Vans, Jordan 3 after removing cleats

    • Q: Do Golfkicks require me to pre-drill/pilot?
    • A: NO - UNLESS you are doing Jordan 11s, Foamposites or other models that have carbon fiber or hard plastic under the rubber.
    • Q: Does glue help?
    • A: Yes, we use a little dab of Shoe Goo on threads for all installs nowadays. Shoe goo has flex and works better than super glue.
    • Q: I'm a lefty or righty does this matter?
    • A: No. The screws lock in place and won't "unscrew", if mounted poorly they can pull out but unscrewing is not an issue. Use Shoe Goo, we do.
    • Q: Will Golfkicks fall out?
    • A: It is possible for any type of screw-in cleats to fall out. There are some sole materials that hold better than others. The best materials for holding screw in cleats are FLAT, high-carbon rubber soles. Softer foam rubber soles and outsoles with deep siping cuts tend to be less reliable for holding screws.
    • Q: Can I use a drill?
    • A: Yes, just make sure you don't overspin the threads in your sole or they won't hold as well. Version 4+ Traction Kits include a 5mm hex bit for drill installs.
    • Q: Is there a single recommended pattern for installing Golfkicks?
    • A: No. It depends on the shoe and tread pattern, find flat spots on the sole and distribute similar to a golf shoe, 8 cleats on a single adult shoe.
    • Q: Will Golfkicks push through to my feet?
    • A: We have not had a reported case of push through and encourage you to only use Golfkicks on shoes with minimum sole thickness of 1/3 inch. Some customers who wear them with minimal shoes or sandals with soft soles report feeling “hot spots” when Golfkicks are placed directly under heavy strike places of your foot such as a big toe, ball of foot, or heel.