You aren’t kidding when it comes to football. You spend hours in the gym each week, hours on the field doing drills repeatedly until you’re sure you’re the best. You fine-tune your nutrition and might even hire a personal coach or trainer to give you a bigger advantage. So why are you wasting all that on the WRONG cleats? Don’t spend more. Spend smarter. Choose cleats based on your position and playing surface.

In this series, we’ll take you step by step through the process of determining the best cleats for you. We will describe personas for different athletes who might be just like you. See if you can find yourself in these examples, and then see if the cleats you are wearing right now are right for you.

The Terminator

This athlete is big. Huge. He’s solid muscle and plays like a wall of steel bashing ufabet เว็บตรงไม่ผ่านเอเย่นต์ into his opponent. Like so many athletes, he’s caught up in the latest trend of lightweight cleats. Lightweight cleats make you faster, and fast is good, right? Well sure, but the Terminator’s job isn’t to race; it’s to push and pound. He needs to stay on his feet and drive into the guy ahead of him. Within a month or two, he might start to have ankle injuries. Most Terminators will have to tape their ankles or wear ankle braces with their lightweight cleats. Any weight they shaved off by wearing low, lightweight cleats is added back (and then some) with the braces.

He needs a “big man” cleat like the Adidas Destroyers, the Nike Hyperfly and Merciless, Under Armour Fierce and Hammer and pretty much any Reebok cleat. These solid cleats are generally 11 ounces or heavier and rise to about a mid or three-quarter height on the ankle. The dirty little secret of the industry is that to eliminate weight from the cleats, they are reducing the amount of materials used, including insoles and padding. When you’re a lineman, you need everything you can get.