Originally Posted by broken tee
Rick: are you suggesting if the grooves are worn Leave them alone or buy new wedges? Keep in mind I'm a cheap "Ba#$%rd"
Before I moved down here and got rid of all my excess clubs, I had a couple of wedges which were 15 years old, still quite usable. I never did anything but keep the grips fresh. I just don't see any need for it. I'm not a pro, and I don't make the pretense that I can hit shots like a pro. From the fairway I can spin the ball on full shots. I can do it on some short shots, but I prefer not to.
I find that I get more consistent results in my short game when I rely on trajectory and roll, rather than spin and checking. That way it works the same whether I'm in the fairway or rough. Spinning the ball from the rough is chancy even with brand new wedges, so I prefer to learn one type of shot and use it for all of my chipping and pitching. I used to spin the ball on short pitches, and although it looked neat when it worked, I found that it was actually making my scoring worse because it was less consistent than a good, old fashioned chip and roll.
I've played with guys who were pretty good at spinning the ball consistently and checking it where they wanted, but for me it was a day to day thing. When it worked it was great, when it didn't, I was either chunking or skulling the ball, or just failing to get the right spin and running way past the hole. When I quit using my SW and went back to chipping with my 8I, PW and GW (never use the 9I for some reason
), my up and down save percentage went way up. I only use my 56° wedge when I need the higher trajectory, but I still just make a chipping stroke and never try to spin it.
Kind of long winded, but that's why I don't worry about wedge grooves. I bought my AP-2 irons a year before the groove change went into the book, and they were V-grooves even then. I just prefer it.