Replacing Your Wedges
There seems to be a lot of media talk about how often the tour pros replace their wedges, so that the sharpness of their grooves are always prime. And I get a lot of golfer inquiries about the very same subject – “How often should I replace my wedges to optimize spin?” So let’s explore the subject.
First, if you are playing wedges that you’ve had for over five years – REPLACE THEM! If they are that old, even if they are not worn from play and practice, they probably have grooves that were cast in place, so you started out with about 65-75% of the spin capability the USGA Rules say you could have had. You wouldn’t put your money on a driver that was 20-30% shorter than others on the market, would you?
Secondly, regardless of the age of your wedges, if they don’t have some kind of milled grooves, you are also leaving spin on the table. Grooves on older and lower-priced wedges have grooves that were cast into the head during production; after polishing, they are quite compromised and cannot give you anywhere near the spin that modern premium wedges with milled grooves can provide. No matter what level of golfer you are, investing in premium wedges will improve your short game. Period.
Finally, there’s the question of wear. Sure, tour players can replace wedges every week if they desire – they get them FREE! And they hit more sand shots and wedge shots on a typical Tuesday than even the most ardent recreational golfer will hit in a year. Sand and dirt abrade the metal on the wedge, and will eventually wear the edges of the grooves to compromise spin, but it takes a long time for this to happen to yours, unless you spend hours a week in the practice bunker.
If you are curious about whether or not yours are wearing to the point where spin is compromised, all you need is a good magnifying glass. Look at the grooves on the lower third of the face of your wedge and examine how those in the impact area look, compared to the geometry at the ends and those at the very top of the face, which get little impact wear. If there is noticeable degradation, then you could probably benefit from new wedges.
And I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask you to give EIDOLON V-SOLE wedges a serious consideration. They push the envelope on spin, and only this sole is a shotmaking marvel. Oh, and if you don’t like them, we’ll buy you any Titleist®, Cleveland® or any other brand you think you’d like better!
Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions about wedges, the short game or equipment or golf in general, just ask.
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This is a great post- I'll have to check out my grooves with a magnifying glass. I've always wondered how much I'm missing out on because I'm too poor to get new wedges every 3 months.
I sharpen mine about every 10 rounds with mini files (auto technician tools). It works well and only takes about 5 minutes. Mine is an older wedge, a newer wedge (made of harder/different material) may be more difficult to sharpen without the proper tool.
I take mine to my friends machine shop and bead blast the faces of them, they grip the ball and spin them like crazy... and surface is more uniform in some ways. that way I get to keep my matching set of clubs and don't have to buy new ones...
I purchased two Cleveland wedges at the beginning of the season and I practice alot. I'll have to check the grooves out tonight as I am heading to FL next week to play. I was considering buying the Bobby Jones wedges for next season. After reading several of you columns and visiting your web page, Terry, I am going to purchase the Eidolon wedges. Thanks for all your great advice!
Steve Wozeniak PGA says:
These wedges are the best on the market and I am on the Callaway staff!!!!
I have hit shots that have stopped on a dime out of heavy rough that my buddies could not believe, Thank you Terry!!!
Shooter Mcgowan says:
I watch Lexus hit with this wedge and heard his comments. They spin the ball alot! He has to incorporate the "new" spin into his game. They even scuff the ball a bit "peel the paint off". It is a great wedge. But if you're not use to the spin, you will have to practice with them for a while to get use to it.
I am a beginner golfer hdcp 33. and I was wondering. How do you get the ball to spin? Thanks in advance.
Good blog I didn't know how much it would make a difference.. I am going to have to check out my wedges.. plus I am sure cleaning them would help..
Sorry to be so tardy, guys, but let me chime in with some feedback. First, be careful doing anything to your wedge grooves or faces, as the USGA Rules are quite clear and concise as to the geometry. If you've filed the grooves or altered the face, you could be carrying non-conforming wedges, if that matters. Thanks to all of you others for the nice comments about EIDOLON wedges. We're doing what the "big boys" don't, and our customers are loving us for it.
Have you ever seen or played a Wilson R-20 Sarazen Special wedge? Check it out. I have one and have played one for a long time and it still produces very good results as a gap wedge becaused it was not abused and well cared for. High flight and good spin can be produced with proper technique. It would be interesting to compare one of yours with this. JWHpurist
How often do you replace a ball (due to scuffs) during a round, due to Bobby Jones wedges???
I don't know about the scuffs the Jones wedges put on a ball, but I don't find mild scuffs to affect ball flight or performance too much. At the cost of golf balls, I like to make them last, actually.
I have a Taylor Made Rac 60 wedge, is that a non-conforming wedge?
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