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Replacing Worn Wedges

Steve N

I assume that most of us on TT have seen the Vokey video that tests wedge performance as they age. In that video, they state that after 75 rounds, wedge performance (i.e. spin & stopping power) starts to deteriorate.

I think this video is very compelling. But, I wondered what exactly is 75 rounds in terms of swings with a wedge. Especially, since you don't use a wedge in every round and sometimes you use it ALOT in a round -- unfortunately!

Well, today on Golf WRX, they were discussing this video and they said that according to Titleist, 500 swings = 75 rounds & 1,000 swings = 150 rounds.

Now we have the answer!

And, now I'm placing my order for new wedges!!!

10 Replies

  1. MLB12

    I saw the same write up, i did not base my decision on that, it was just time to add a new SM6 60°, so i did could not be happier:)
  2. Jack H

    That is nice to know. Thanks for the information. May be getting some new wedges soon myself!
  3. greg p

    There are some WEEKS where I hit that many wedge shots on the range. And I played about a 100 rounds lat year.

    Order a set for me too, Steve.
  4. Parthur

    Thanks Steve. Based on that, my 56 has about a month or so left and my 60 needs to be replaced as soon as possible. I bought a new Vokey 52 the end of last year and it only has about 20 swings on it, most of which were short "touch" shots. I would think that if you use your wedges for a lot of short, delicate types of shots they would go for longer than 500 swings. Any thoughts on that guys?
  5. Gary E

    I would think there are many things that come into play regarding the wear on the grooves of wedges. The number of rounds seems to be a very simplistic way of determining when to replace them.
    Your swing speed, the course conditions as far as whether it's sandy or firm, whether you clean the face of the wedge after every shot and so on.
    If you use your wedge like Dustin Johnson then you would have to replace them often. If you hit greens and only use your wedge to chip and a sand shot once in a while then you would not need to replace them that often.
    I simply run my fingers over the groove when clean to see if they are somewhat sharp and ultimately pay attention to how the ball reactes on pitches and chips.
  6. Chris92009

    Great info! ... lots of amateurs don't understand this!
  7. etakmit

    While a simplistic way to determine when wedges should be replaced I think the real goal here is to remind folks that your wedges DO need to be replaced and possibly more often than your irons, driver, etc. How often is really up to you but at least this gives you a starting point and gets you thinking about it!

    I'll be doing some replacing this year too! Need to go visit my club's pro soon
  8. Guy O

    Sure is different than the old days when even the tour pros didn't know better. I remember the old original Wilson R-90s were worth their weight in gold no matter how old they were!
  9. Jeremy S

    One element I would add...we found the equivalent to 75 rounds of play was roughly 500 bunker shots. And the equivalent to 125 rounds of play was 1,000 bunker shots. It is important to note that bunker shots are the most severe type of shot when it comes to groove wear.

    It's also important to note that not all wedges will wear at the same rate. Your 'go-to' club and/or if you have a single bunker club will wear more quickly than a PW or GW.

    That's why our recommendation is to find a fitter or location with launch monitor to test your wedges some time after 75 rounds. You may find that your wedges, for your swing, are in great shape. Or you may find your 'go-to' could use a fresh set of grooves.
  10. Bill V

    I have some Wedgeworks Blue Pearl M grind wedges that I have used 4 summers. A 54 bent to 52 and a 56. To me, those grooves are really still pretty sharp.Llittle low half wedges will take a skip and stop, even today.

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