What are the effects of groove wear on performance?
We tested wedges played for 125 rounds, 75 rounds, and a new wedge with fresh grooves.
- 125 Rounds: 35° launch angle | 6500 RPM Spin | 24' of roll out.
- 75 Rounds: 34° launch angle | 7400 RPM Spin | 18' of roll out.
- Fresh Grooves: 33° launch angle | 8500 RPM Spin | 10' of roll out.
What causes wedge grooves to wear down?
Golfers encounter a variety of conditions with their wedges that lead to the groove edge wearing down over time. Every golfer should evaluate their wedges and grooves at ~75 rounds of play to get the best spin performance.
Regular practice and play creates normal wear and tear to the wedge and results in a gradual wearing down of the groove.
Bunker shots expose the face to millions of small pebbles and rocks, essentially sand blasting the face of the wedge.
Sandy lies, debris on the golf ball, rocks, and bag chatter can all lead to gradual groove wear.
Vokey Wedges are cast from soft 8620 carbon steel. Range balls and other hard covered balls will, over time, wear down the edge of the groove.
How do I inspect my wedges for groove wear and spin loss?
Wedges may look fine, but may not be delivering maximum spin. You should inspect your wedges for groove wear every 60-70 rounds. Start by inspecting the overall physical condition of the wedge and groove. A visit to your local Titleist Certified Fitter to evaluate launch, spin, and roll out will ensure you are playing with the best performing wedges.