18th February 2019
It's an obvious fact that your golf equipment affects how you play. So, maintaining that equipment is paramount if you want to stay on top of your game. Your wedges will wear down faster than other clubs in your golf bag. So, the question is, how often should you be replacing your wedges?
Many things affect the condition of your wedges, including whether they are forged or cast, and the conditions you are playing in, but a rough average lifespan for a wedge is around 75 rounds. This means you will have to replace your wedges every 12 to 36 months depending on usage.
The problem with your wedges is that, after a while, the grooves in your wedge will wear out, leading to more inconsistency on how much spin you can get on the ball, especially in less than perfect conditions. The more worn out your grooves, the less control you will have over the ball, making it harder to score with your wedges. So, looking at the grooves on your wedge is the best way to tell if it's time for a new one.
Obviously, the more you use your wedges, the faster they will wear out. This is why some golfers will not use the same wedges for a competition as they have been using to practice with. Also, the terrain you usually play on makes a difference. Sand will wear your wedges down faster than grass will.
It can be difficult to come up with a set rule on when to change your wedges. Playing with worn down wedges will make your game more difficult, but you don't want to spend money needlessly. Don't be tricked into upgrading too early by golf companies’ advertisements and their promises of 'new technology'. If you are in any doubt, you can always get some advice from an experienced club fitter, who can advise you of when to upgrade.