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Insert Systems

What Are Insert Systems?

Insert Systems refers to the type of receptacle found on the bottom of your golf 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 at least 9 different branded receptacles on the market, with several being cross- or backward-compatible. The guide below shows the 5 most prevalent systems and the difference between each. Once you've identified the type of receptacle on your shoe, use our Cleat Replacement Guide to find the cleats that you need.

Fast Twist 3.0® (FT3) • [SHOP]

• 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 Lock™

Slim-LOK® • [SHOP]

• Low-profile
• Compatible with Fast Twist® & Tri-LOK® insert systems.
• Will accept cleats with FT3 and/or Tour Lock™ design.
• Slim-LOK cleats come in packs of 18 cleats

PINS® (Performance Insert System) • [SHOP]

• Introduced in 2008
• Found in a wide range of golf shoes
• Lower Profile than previous systems
• Green-Friendly
• PINS cleats come in packs of 20 cleats


• Triangular locking system
• Found mostly on Nike shoes prior to 2013
• Created as an alternative to threaded inserts
• One turn, one click
• Q-LOK cleats come in packs of 16 cleats

Small Metal Thread • [SHOP]

• Found in a wide range of shoes
• Threaded twist insertion
• Small Metal Thread cleats come in packs of 22 cleats