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Sole Grinds on wedges

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Thread Starter 
I was wondering if any of you use different wedge grinds beside the manufacturer's stock grind?

A. do you grind them yourself, if so what equipment is necessary for doing so? I've always been interested in sole grinds

or

B. get them done professionally if you do, where can you get this done?


Thanks.
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Re: Sole Grinds on wedges

Originally Posted by Black_Black View Post
I was wondering if any of you use different wedge grinds beside the manufacturer's stock grind?

A. do you grind them yourself, if so what equipment is necessary for doing so? I've always been interested in sole grinds

or

B. get them done professionally if you do, where can you get this done?


Thanks.

Black_Black,

Yes, I do use a different grind. On my 54 degree sand wedge, I use a grind with toe, heel, and trailing edge "relief" sometimes called the "M" grind. On my 60 degree sand wedge I have an "M" grind combined with a blunted leading edge to allow me to swing steeply without excavating the course's sprinkler systems.

I do all my grinding myself, but I have the appropriate equipment:
http://www.mitchellgolf.com/viewItem.asp?idProduct=1473

You can learn how to grind, but it takes some experience, and you might ruin a wedge or two before getting things right. Also knowing where to grind material off to obtain the desired results takes some know how and experience.

Few clubmakers are grinding these days because it can be a dicey proposition in terms of customer satisfaction.

Also, companies like Sonartec, Titleist, and Callaway are making grinds such as the M, V, and P grind available to customers at the retail level.

If push comes to shove, you can mail the wedges to me and we can discuss what you would like to achieve with your wedge game and I can grind them for you for a very nominal fee.
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Re: Sole Grinds on wedges

gas_can you always deliver the goods!

I'm not really not sure what kind of grind I need to fit my wedge game. I was kind of looking for something with a little relieved toe and heel for less drag. Could you elaborate a little more on the various grinds available M,T, V, P, and E.

maybe I'll take you up on your offer someday.

Thanks a lot.
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Re: Sole Grinds on wedges

Originally Posted by Black_Black View Post
gas_can you always deliver the goods!

I'm not really not sure what kind of grind I need to fit my wedge game. I was kind of looking for something with a little relieved toe and heel for less drag. Could you elaborate a little more on the various grinds available M,T, V, P, and E.

maybe I'll take you up on your offer someday.

Thanks a lot.

Black_Black,

The Titleist grinds that I know well are the following:

M - Heel, toe, and trailing edge relief. Allows the club to play with less bounce when opened, and standard bounce when square. Good for aggressive swingers from the fairway who like to play with the blade open around the greens. By far the most difficult grind to perform.

T - Trailing edge relief. Again allows the club to play with less bounce when open, but not to the extent of the M grind. Due to the trailing edge relief, overall bounce is reduced when square which is good for firm and tight conditions.

L - Leading edge grind where the leading edge of the clubface is blunted and part of the sole closest to the clubface is removed increasing bounce angle. Good for very steep swingers who experience quite a bit of turf interaction.

V - Combines the L and M grinds to provide a very versatile wedge that can be opened wide around the greens but plays with very high bounce when square.

P - "Pre-worn" sole. A channel is cut from the middle of the sole which allows the club to play with very little bounce when square, but since the full width of the sole is in tact, full bounce is retained when the club face is open. Excellent grind for tight firm fairways and lush, soft greenside conditions.
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