A surprise answer was given to a question from a Swedish delegate who asked if there was any hard evidence to support the requirement for plastic in place of steel spikes in golfers’ shoes. Gordon Child (British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association) said that evidence was now appearing to show that the latest high-grip plastic spikes did more damage to the putting surface, causing greens to become bumpy. If the turf is healthy, he said, steel spikes did no harm to the grass.
Then an American delegate pointed out that there were some 500 court cases pending in the US where golfers were claiming for personal injuries they attributed to the enforced wearing of plastic spikes, which had made them slip.
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