Interchangeable-Face Wedges
By Kickntrue on 9/21/09
Ummm... shaft changing technology is cool- but I'm not sure it holds a candle to the new interchangeable-face wedge technology TaylorMade has. Who doesn't love the feel of a brand new wedge with sharp grooves? Now you can just buy the faceplates and have new grooves whenever you'd like, changeable with the same wrench as the R7 and R9 woods. The faces will cost $39 each (of course you'll have to buy the wedge first). I think most people can swing that.

It's like that movie with Nic Cage and John Travolta- Face Off, but with golf equipment. I can't wait until I can put a Nike Face on my TaylorMade wedge and vica versa. It'll be mindblowing!

... sorry about that. Things like this make me giddy. Pictures and more info on the link.

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mjaber says:
I like the idea that if you find a wedge you like, you no longer need to find a new one you like when the grooves need to be replaced. Now, all you have to do is buy a new plate. I wonder if there will be a decrease in "feel" though.

Pricing looks pretty good. I'd consider it for a new set, when I'm looking.
9/21/09
 
M.Nugent says:
Could be a good idea, Im looking for new 52, 56, and 60 degree wedges (maybe just 52 and 58?). I hate the idea of using a wedge for 1 or 2 seasons then needing a new one just to get spin on the ball, Well done Taylormade, Well Done.
9/21/09
 
erickbelus says:
It's a fresh idea when selling wedges is going to be tough. It's not often we see equipment take a step backwards. I won't be buying them, but it a solid marketing idea.
9/21/09
 
HotBacon says:
I'm very interested on hearing what The Wedge Guy thinks about this idea. I would think the plates would have to sacrifice feel...something you definitely don't want in a wedge.
9/22/09
 
kingwood hacker says:
I'm with bacon. I would be concerned about the feel aspect as well. The worst part is that you can't really try out a wedge at the golf store like you can a driver or a set of irons. So, you might not really know how these things feel until after you've put down some coin. Of course, I guess that's true with all wedges.
9/22/09
 
mjaber says:
@kingwood... It depends on the golf store. My local golf shop is also my local driving range, complete with putting green/chipping area. They've also got a grass hitting area until the snow comes. Can you hit every shot there? No, but you can get a general idea of how you like it.
9/22/09
 
kingwood hacker says:
mjaber, I wish we had one of those here. There are a couple of country clubs around here where you could probably do that, but I'm strictly a muni guy. I would definitely want to demo one of these wedges before putting down my cash.
9/22/09
 
wedgeguy says:
In my observationi, this is a non issue for most golfers, as few practice or play enough to measurably wear the faces on their wedges. The new rules also mandate a radiused edge to grooves, which makes them even more resistant to noticeable wear. More important is to consider the sole design of your wedges, the shaft and to get them fitted. At least that's my $.02 worth.
9/22/09
 
oobscott2 says:
this seems like they copied the spin doctor wedge? remember that commercial from years ago
the spin doctor wedge was rulled illegal but the USGA. Why is this one legal?
9/22/09
 
mjaber says:
In reading the article a few times, it seems that the wedge will have the "old grooves" when it first hits the shelves, and a "new groove" plate will be available to conform to USGA rules. With the "old grooves" being available for use until at least 2024, isn't it possible that within the next 15 years, you would need to replace your wedges? Why not buy 2 or 3 sets of "old groove" plates along with your wedges, and have the benefit of the sharper wedges?
9/22/09
 
Patrick McKay says:
I am tired of buying 100+ dollar wedges whenever my spin runs out. I try to use old wedges on the range and new ones in-game but they all wear out and a changeable plate makes a ton of sense.
9/22/09
 
Kickntrue says:
@oobscott2- $$
9/22/09
 
mjaber says:
@oobscott2, kickntrue- It looks like the "spin doctor" wedge is conforming, depending on which insert you have installed in the club. They have, noted on their website, a "reverse groove" insert which is non-conforming. There is no stipulation on the other "pro style" inserts.
9/22/09
 
Patrick McKay says:
wedgeguy got pwned
9/23/09
 
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