Is It Time To Upgrade Your Wedges?

Most golfers change their driver and irons like they do a pair of socks! But chances are if you have a certain wedge or putter which you like the look and feel of, then it stays in the bag forever! This is not a bad thing when it comes to the putter, as this is a club that changing often is not the greatest move! With wedges though a frequent change is actually a good thing. This is something that is tough to do if you know it works well for you! There’s also a good chance that the grooves have practically worn away due the years of ball striking during playing or practising!

Which leads to the question, does worn grooves on a wedge actually affect your game? The answer is a very simple yes! A brand new wedge with new grooves produces twice the amount of backspin and loads more control! In addition to this, the ball will slide up the face of a wedge with worn out grooves, and launch higher rather than being grabbed by the grooves which reduces spin!

So when exactly should you start thinking about replacing your wedges? How many rounds before you make your next purchase? Titleist’s Vokey R&D team took to its Manchester facility to experiment on this very dilemma, and provide the necessary answers. They found that groove wear begins to affect performance after about 75 rounds. It continues to worsen around 125 rounds. For the casual golfer looking to improve, that means making a difficult decision. Do you want to upgrade wedges and deal with the cost and a potential learning curve, or do you want to stick with the worn-out wedge in your bag and deal with the performance drop?

Click on the link below and watch the short video to see just how much grooves can affect the performance of a wedge and if it’s time to upgrade yours:

At Westridge we stock a variety of wedges from Titleist, Taylormade, Ping, Mizuno, and Callaway and more. If you require any more information, or if you would like to book a lesson with me, please call 01983 613131

 

Christopher Reed

PGA Professional

Westridge Golf Centre 

 

A View From The Shed

Spring has definitely sprung, the trees are showing signs of life, there is some growth in the grass, the birds are nesting and the temperature is now in double figures. The new golfing season is upon us!

By April 1st, the course will be handed back to you, the golfers. All protective measures will be removed, mats, rope, stakes, hoops etc.

The Spring feed was applied to the greens, surrounds and tee’s this week. This is accounting for the blackening of the greens.

With no rain forecast for the rest of the month, this will allow the course to be cut and well presented, for the 1st April and for the first Alliance of the year.

A View From The Shed

The last couple of weeks have thrown up most weather conditions (apart from frost & snow) Here on the course, we have experienced a second growth spurt, which now seems to have abated now.

The reason for the slower pace of the greens, over the last week is three fold. Firstly, the Poa is seeding more profusely than i can remember. Secondly, i have treated the greens with a selective weedkiller, which by its nature makes the grass plant bolt. Thirdly, i applied a feed together with the selective weedkiller, therefore that has encouraged the growth too.

The long grass bordering the 5th - 9th holes is clearly having the desired effect.

It has tightened those holes up nicely, looks good and encourages biodiversity in those areas. I have received comments regarding the length of the grass. However, it is a hazard, as would a lake, river, cliff etc be. Therefore the golfer’s course management and decision making, should take that into consideration, when playing those holes.