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The Callaway Mac Daddy CB wedges, are by far one of the easiest, if not the easiest, 'cavity back' wedges to hit. 

If you're playing cavity back irons, then I would continue to play the Mac Daddy CB.

I took my own advice and switched to the Mac Daddy CB wedges (50*/56*/60*) and couldn't be happier with their consistency and forgiveness. 

I'm 73, and still play to an 8 hcp. I play graphite irons, but prefer the feel  and resonance of steel shafts in my wedges.

Muscle back wedges are definitely more precise, but also require the proficiency in your golf swing to extract that higher performance. Golf is tough enough, so why complicate things more. 

You should check with Callaway and see if they can refurbish the groves, and make your wedges, as good as new again.

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I change wedges out typically every 5-10 years.  I am probably in the middle of that range now and am getting new 52 and 58 degree wedges.  Two reasons.  First, I just purchased Titleist T200 irons which increased the distance I hit the PW and GW, which left too great of a distance gap between GW and SW.  Second, I want to get a full face high toe lob wedge (58 degree).  I actually got fitted for new wedges last year and was not able to see any increase in spin with new wedges vs my old Cleveland RTX wedges.  So, if I did not want the full face high toe lob wedge (58 degree) and had not purchased the new iron set which created an unacceptable gap between GW and SW I would not have needed to get new wedges at all!

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I bought my four wedges 7 years ago - custom made Titleist / Vokey's 46 degrees (110 - 120 meters), 51 degrees (100 - 115), 55 degrees (90 - 110m) and 60 degrees (75-90m)

I bought as the course I was a member of need me to have a sharp approaching game - I not a member of that club anymore, but I will use these beauties very effectively.

 

Driver: Titleist 905R, 9.5 degrees with a Graphite Design AD DJ 6 Stiff shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 585.H, 17 degree with a Graphite Design AD DJ 6 Stiff shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 503.H, 19 degrees with a Graphite Design AD DJ 6 Stiff shaft

Irons: Titleist 660 with True Temper Stiff shafts (3 - PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Spin Milled 6: 51 degrees 12 bounce, 55 degrees 14 bounce and 60 degrees 10 bounce

Putter: Titleist Monterey 33 inch shaft

 

 

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I tend to change my wedges out if, at the end of the year, my local golf store has a good trade in. If you get to the store in the right 2 to 3 week window, they have hundreds of used wedges in stock.  And they mis-stamp at least a handful of them, leading to great deals. 

E.g., this past year, I traded in my 52 and 58 degree wedges and got a nearly mint Bridgestone Tour B XW1 black 52 and SM7 58 degree for a combined $40 after trade in. 

Rag tag bag, but it does the job. 

Taylormade R1 driver.

Ping G400 3 wood.

Cleveland Halo Launcher 3 hybrid.

Cleveland CBX launcher irons (5-PW). 

Assorted wedges (48, 52, 58).

Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 putter.

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I will play my wedges until the grooves show wear before I start looking for a new one.  I have used Callaway wedges and will continue to do so.  They have been a excellent choice.

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Cleveland CBX 56 degrees, had it for 4 years and re-groove it every year Having a real hard time getting rid of it. Also use Ping and Mizuno. Planning for VOKEY or CBX 2 next

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To the second question, do wedges change year to year. Every new model has "changes," most of the time the difference in scoring will be nil, so the change amounts to little or nothing. The marketing hype will have you believing otherwise, but that's marketing. Every once in a while a brand will come out with a new wedge (or other club) that's a flop, a step backwards - e.g. Mizuno E21, came and went quickly.

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On 3/4/2022 at 7:13 PM, Onesavant said:

The Callaway Mac Daddy CB wedges, are by far one of the easiest, if not the easiest, 'cavity back' wedges to hit. 

If you're playing cavity back irons, then I would continue to play the Mac Daddy CB.

I took my own advice and switched to the Mac Daddy CB wedges (50*/56*/60*) and couldn't be happier with their consistency and forgiveness. 

I'm 73, and still play to an 8 hcp. I play graphite irons, but prefer the feel  and resonance of steel shafts in my wedges.

Muscle back wedges are definitely more precise, but also require the proficiency in your golf swing to extract that higher performance. Golf is tough enough, so why complicate things more. 

You should check with Callaway and see if they can refurbish the groves, and make your wedges, as good as new again.

@Onesavant I'm a cavity back wedge player also.  I've been playing Cleveland CBX2s.   I will have to take a look at MacDaddy CB wedges.  BTW, it's awesome to be 8 hpcp at 73. 

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I had to swap my wedges as I have to have graphite shafts but still SW is still steel. Up until 2016 my wedges were Cleveland Rusties and I still have them and love them. The SW is one. After 15+ years they still feel the same and I believe if anything the spin I can generate has become more consistent over the years. As they rust I believe this negates any wear on the grooves. They can certainly leave a nice file mark on a ball if I really it down on it.

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Callaway Epic Flash 3 wood 15 Degree

Callaway Apex 21 Hybrid 19 Degree

Callaway Steelhead Pro 4-AW Irons

Cleveland 54 Degree Wedge Steel Shaft

Recoil Graphite Shafts in all Callaway

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Does anyone actually buy used wedges?  If most people are upgrading their wedges because the grooves are worn why would you ever buy already worn clubs?  Seems worse than buy refurbished balls.

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  • Driver-  Ping G410 Plus 9*
  • Fairway- Tour Edge Exotics EXS 220 3 Wood 16.5*
  • Hybrid- Tour Edge Hot Launch C521 19* & 22* 
  • Irons-PXG 0211 DC, 5-GW
  • Wedges-  Taylormade Hi Toe 54* & 58*
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Just ordered my 2022 sets.  6 new freshies inbound..  :cleveland-small:

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Driver - :taylormade-small:   Stealth 9° Graphite Design Tour AD XC Stiff
Fairway - Cannot find one worth a dang

Hybrid - :srixon-small: ZX 16° & 18° GD Tour IZ S

2 Iron - :srixon-small: ZU65 18° AeroTech SteelFiber 110icw S

Irons -  :srixon-small: ZX7  Aerotech SteelFiber 110icw  4-Pw 1° flat
Wedges - :cleveland-small: RTX Zipcore Raw 50° 54° 58°  TTGDTI S400 1° flat

Putters -  Ping PLD Anser (inbound)  Evnroll ER1V/Cameron Phantom 5x/Odyssey Toulon Stroke Lab Austin/Odyssey 2 Ball DFX/ TaylorMade Spider Tour Black/Ping Anser F/Scotty Cameron TeI3 Sole Stamp Newport 2. All with different grips, weights, and lengths.
 

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2 hours ago, PBH3 said:

Does anyone actually buy used wedges?  If most people are upgrading their wedges because the grooves are worn why would you ever buy already worn clubs?  Seems worse than buy refurbished balls.

I’ve gotten a couple used wedges over the years but they were ones that looked like they’d never been hit. More than likely someone tried them and didn’t care for them. 

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4 hours ago, PBH3 said:

Does anyone actually buy used wedges?  If most people are upgrading their wedges because the grooves are worn why would you ever buy already worn clubs?  Seems worse than buy refurbished balls.

Just purchased a used Titleist SM8 wedge. I could not even tell that it had been hit off of turf. Saved about $80 bucks.

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Driver: :taylormade-small: Stealth Plus - 10.5*, Oban Kiyoshi Purple O4Flex-65 Grams Purred
3 Wood: :taylormade-small: SIM - 15*, Graphite Design Tour AD DJ5 Stiff
Hybrid: :titelist-small: TS3 - 19*, Hzrdus Smoke 6.0 Stiff
Irons: :titelist-small:  7 - PW T100S, 4 -6 T200 all with Nippon NS Pro 880 AMC Chrome Stiff 

Irons: :cobra-small: 4 - PW King Forged Tec with Aerotech Steelfiber I95 Stiff

Wedges:  :titelist-small: Vokey SM 8 - 50*, 56*, 60*  Standard Wedge Shafts   

Putter:  :scotty-cameron-1: Phantom X 5.5           
Putter:  :scotty-cameron-1: Studio Select Newport 1.5
Ball: :titelist-small: Pro V1 or Maxfli Tour

 

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All I know is I swapped out new wedges last year. My wedges were 5 years old or so, and the added spin was extremely noticeable, especially on partial shots with the new wedges. The courses I play most are small fast greens so this was a huge bonus. Considering swap[ping every 1.5-2 seasons.

:ping-small: G410 SFT 9.5* w/ Ping Alta CB S

:ping-small: G410 SFT 16* 3-wood w/ Ping Alta CB S

:srixon-small: z585 2i, 4-AW w/ Modus3 120x

:cleveland-small: RTX Zipcore Tour Rack Raw 56.12 & 60.10 w/ Modus3 125w

:odyssey-small: White Hot OG #1WS w/ Stroke Lab @ 33"

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On 3/9/2022 at 2:59 PM, PBH3 said:

Does anyone actually buy used wedges?  If most people are upgrading their wedges because the grooves are worn why would you ever buy already worn clubs?  Seems worse than buy refurbished balls.

Yup. As mentioned in this thread, there are times of the year where golf stores get flooded with people's wedges. And while most of them are beaten to crap, there are some that are absolutely pristine and near-mint. 

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Rag tag bag, but it does the job. 

Taylormade R1 driver.

Ping G400 3 wood.

Cleveland Halo Launcher 3 hybrid.

Cleveland CBX launcher irons (5-PW). 

Assorted wedges (48, 52, 58).

Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 putter.

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