JR wrote:Mark i get so much better traction with spike/chain combination add ons to the shoes and the good thing is that they are not permanent additions to the shoes and can be put on and taken off in a jiffy. The surface area and grip of chains is vastly superior to screws or spikes. There is a reason why military vehicles have chains added to the wheels instead of merely spikes in the winter. Try it and be prepared to be surprised pleasantly. Mine are made in the Czech republic so they might not be available in the US but i've seen a couple versions from different manufacturers in the US Kahtoola being the only one i remember off the top of my head. I recommend against half way models that have a rubber frame around which thin wire is spun. Yeah they have good traction and surface area but they wear quicker and are flimsier so they drop off far more easily. Tightness over your shoe is a must because even those drop occasionally off of the shoe wading in deeper snow.
Texans suffering from cold now? Stop playing in the night
Before discovering sheet metal screws I spent years looking for a good solutions to ice and tried a variety of chain contraptions worn over shoes. The ones I tried sucked. They broke easily and popped off in the middle of rounds then were very difficult to put back on with frozen fingers. There may well be superior versions available today.
Sheet metal screws have wide, flat heads with sharp ridges which grip very well but still have drawbacks. Once installed those boots can no longer be worn indoors due to the damage they would do to floors. I don't care about this personally. I use cheap shoes and boots to golf in anyway since I drag a toe and quickly destroy footgear. So to dedicate a pair of boots (or several) just to winter golf is fine by me. The screws wear down and need to be replaced. If the rubber on the boots is too soft the screws just pop out on their own. Now I know to look for hard rubber and flat soles. The more uneven the bottom of the sole (normally good for traction) the fewer metal screws it will hold. I put between 20 and 40 screws in per shoe (when you buy screws in bulk they are cheap). With a power drill they install in minutes. If you happen to have an old pair of boots there is little risk to trying screws in them.
Screws have been popular in Michigan for at least the last 5 years (I'm bad at dates so maybe closer to 10 years) and many if not most serious winter golfers here use them. Some players add just a few screws. I use more than anyone else I know. Then again, I throw forehand and bend down a lot to release my drives at knee level or lower. Without screws I slip out and face plant with regularity on icy teepads.
Of the players who have tried screws I don't know of anyone who is not sold on them.