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How often do you purchase new wedges/do they really change year/year?


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SM4 and SM6 if there is a CC rule. Otherwise i use my pre 2010 wedges as they have the best sole/bounce combos, grooves don't bother me (yet) as the urethane of the ball keeps getting softer so I still can stop a wedge when I choose to. Impact and spin back to one hop and check or stop

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I've played Cleveland RTX-4 wedges for several years now and would not change unless the groves became excessively worn. The 54 degree wedge has 10 degrees of bounce and the 58 degree wedge has 9 degrees. Absolutely love them both. Both still have enough spin for my game.

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I've had my Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 grind 3 years and they're still in great shape, look almost new. Probably go another 2 seasons.

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Thanks for asking this.  I'm looking at a new set of wedges, getting fit in April. I have nice SM5 Vokeys that look new, but I'm a higher handicap and I think I can benefit from a cavity back wedge. Golf's hard, why make it even harder?! 

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Kind of depends. Normally every year or two. Last year I got new wedges at the beginning of the year but got new ones again towards the end. Went from a 50,55 and 60 to a 52-58. Keeping both sets in case I change my make up again. 

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10 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Switch every two years. Studies show after 75 rounds they start degrading in performance 

 

I'll have to buy wedges mid year... I just picked up new ones and the spin is very noticeable. After playing with them, I decided to replace them more often now. Plan will be the 60° every year and the 55° & 50° every 1.5 to 2 years. I do try to use a old 60 when I practice but it is a hassle bringing to the range and putting it back in my truck before the round.

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Wedges are probably the clubs I replace the most often, nothing better than the spin of a new wedge around the greens.

Probably change them out my 60 and 56 about every 18 months on average.

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I play 100+ rounds a year plus also practice with my specialty wedges so the most I go is 18 months. By then the stopping power has been reduced to where the short shots are no longer a viable option. The ball just rolls out too far. 

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I have Mack Daddy and Jaws. I play 4-5 rounds per week so I have groove tools and resharpen every 3-4 months and don’t play major tournaments  so I don’t worry about the conformance only performance. Due to the amount I play I replace every couple of years.

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I change after about 100 rounds, about 2 years.  I think I should change every year, as I practice a lot with them too.

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I change whenever I find something I like more. I used to buy used wedges so luckily have gotten away from that haha

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13 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Switch every two years. Studies show after 75 rounds they start degrading in performance 

 

Studies by golf companies. And really the only thing those studies proved is moisture is no good on old wedges. My only issue is that my golfspy started doing moisture tests on wedges and found fresh wedges lost a ton of yards already. So who the hell really knows. 

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I switch every year now. Play around 200 or more rounds in a year so with practice and play, they are very worn out. By the end of the season I barely have any spin.

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There was quite a bit of wear on my Vokeys to look at them and I was thinking of replacing the highest lofted to see if I should replace the others.  A local shop/fitter said they were still pretty sharp so I had him bend them to suit my needs better.  A buddy had a set of Kirkland Signature wedges that I tried and actually liked, so after doing a bit of research and watching some reviews I decided to buy the set for less than the price of one new Vokey.  I did change the grips and am pleasantly surprised.  One of my playing partners was inspecting them closely the other day, after seeing how much spin I was getting on them and commenting about whether they were legal.  I wonder how long till he has a set 🤣

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Different for pros and Amateurs. Read an article where after 75-100 rounds you can lose 50% of your stopping power. A shot releasing 16 ft will now be 24 ft away. No great shakes for us hacks but when it impacts your livelihood it is a big deal. Speith rotates out every few months due to rounds and practice. Not in my budget. 

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Every other year generally because of the west and tear. I have a variety of shots I play with each wedge and all of them could be used in the bunker depending on the situation. They all take a fair amount of wear and tear 

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I think about it every few years, maybe 2-3 years.  I think the grooves wear down and the clubs do get scuffed up.  I bought Edel wedges in September and I think they are great. It was a great fitting session and the flexibility to tune these for my game was huge.  

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10 hours ago, Adam-wittman said:

Studies by golf companies. And really the only thing those studies proved is moisture is no good on old wedges. My only issue is that my golfspy started doing moisture tests on wedges and found fresh wedges lost a ton of yards already. So who the hell really knows. 

Well who else is goin to conduct them? Myth busters.

And no that’s not the only thing that’s been shown. In the study that titleist did groove wear impacts distance control. They showed how much roll out occurs as wedges increase in wear and the more wear the more roll out and loss d distance control 

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For those interested here is the titleist info

https://www.titleist.com/teamtitleist/b/tourblog/posts/when-should-you-replace-your-wedges

Also iirc Vokey tells the tour players to change their most used wedge 4 times a year and their least used wedge once a year. With the other wedges they use 2-3 times a year. Obviously pros use their wedges way more than an amateur die the amount of time they practice and play and they also get them whenever they want for free. 
 

Between range balls and whatever practice and playing an amateur does the timeline for replacement may vary

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 I play over hundred rounds a year, practice about twenty times a year (before Covid)  and note wear on my wedges. I am a low handicapper at 67 years young. I change every two to three years or so (mostly Vokey) but this year purchased three Edison wedges. I am amazed at the spin I get on the Edison forged wedges.  I don't know if I like the increased spin so will continue to play the clubs and determine their utility for my game.  But if you want a great looking and feeling club that will increase your spin factor, try the Edisons.  The cost is roughly equal to Vokey's.  Good luck. 

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