At what point does an iron set "wear out" or get so old the tech is too far behind?
I've only been playing golf since about 2005 and upgraded myself to steel shafted Ping G2s early on - so they are nearly that old as well.
I love these irons for the feel, control and distance accuracy* - they are evenly spaced about 10 yards difference per club - which I can add or shave +/- 5 yards per club.
* It doesn't matter how far I hit this-or-that iron if the distance is accurate and reliable.
Workability is good - I typically draw the ball but can produce fades on demand as well, though less reliably. My biggest mistake with irons is usually overcooking it.
I use the stock set including S wedge which I actually like because it doesn't "dig" so much as others I've tried... The 3 iron has come out of the bag in lieu of a hybrid.
I play an average of probably 100+ rounds/year and hit a low handicap of 3 last fall - but back up to 8 this spring so far after relocating to a new area and still adjusting.
Now I don't have crazy swing speeds and the ball has never spun backwards on greens for me. It's hard to hold greens around here however - they are like cement - so without backspin it's really hard to hit anything close to front pins without de-lofting, going short and running it up... but that's getting a little O/T.
The question remains - should I even bother looking at new irons at this point?
I've demo'ed quite a few other brands as well as new Pings - I can hit them all just fine and the tech is so competitive they just all seem to blend in with one another.
Back when I bought the Ping G2s - they really stood out to me with better feel. With the steel shafts they are heavier than most irons out there right now - doesn't bother me though.
What is to be gained in upgrading? More spin? BACKspin?
I guess what I'm wondering the most is - at what point do your grooves "wear out"?
A 7+ year old set with 100+ rounds/year + practices = worn out?