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I have a sand wedge that I think is from 2009 or 2010. I play 2-3 times a week, and practice with the club every day (in my back yard hitting 15 yard and closer chip shots)

I was reading a review on a forum regarding a new ball (the Google Chrome+) and noticed that people said the cover scuffs easily. I played with them on Monday and noticed the cover was perfectly intact. I believe that I still get plenty of spin from my wedges, but to be honest, don't have anything to compare it against.

Being a lefty, the golf store tends to be a little limited on wedges, so what is the easiest way to tell if I am getting the appropriate amount of spin or if it is indeed time to change the wedge.

As an FYI - the wedge in question is an Acer 56 deg. XC wedge.
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I'm not a expert but I saw a guy check his with his thumbnail. He just slid it up the wedge face and said it should catch at every groove. I have a groove sharpener that I bought at Golfsmith. I keep my Cleveland CG14 grooves clean and sharp with it.

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Originally Posted by clearwaterms View Post

I have a sand wedge that I think is from 2009 or 2010. I play 2-3 times a week, and practice with the club every day (in my back yard hitting 15 yard and closer chip shots)

I was reading a review on a forum regarding a new ball (the Google Chrome+) and noticed that people said the cover scuffs easily. I played with them on Monday and noticed the cover was perfectly intact. I believe that I still get plenty of spin from my wedges, but to be honest, don't have anything to compare it against.

Being a lefty, the golf store tends to be a little limited on wedges, so what is the easiest way to tell if I am getting the appropriate amount of spin or if it is indeed time to change the wedge.

As an FYI - the wedge in question is an Acer 56 deg. XC wedge.

 

I think you mean the Callaway Chrome +. Unless you are hitting some full shots with this wedge you are not going to damage the ball significantly. This is reserved to new wedges usually with sharper edges and guys that are really going after it. Once your wedge is "broken in" the balls don't shred as much. The spin amount is basically the same as the main purpose for grooves is to channel debris (grass, water, etc) away from the surface allowing a cleaner strike on the ball. If your grooves look damaged or worn down, have a clubmaker check it out. 

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Originally Posted by 6iron View Post

I'm not a expert but I saw a guy check his with his thumbnail. He just slid it up the wedge face and said it should catch at every groove. I have a groove sharpener that I bought at Golfsmith. I keep my Cleveland CG14 grooves clean and sharp with it.


Yes - I have a club cleaning tool which has a brass groove tool as well.  I have noticed that the point on my tool has a notch which makes me feel that the club face is stronger than the cleaning tool. 

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I think you mean the Callaway Chrome +. Unless you are hitting some full shots with this wedge you are not going to damage the ball significantly. This is reserved to new wedges usually with sharper edges and guys that are really going after it. Once your wedge is "broken in" the balls don't shred as much. The spin amount is basically the same as the main purpose for grooves is to channel debris (grass, water, etc) away from the surface allowing a cleaner strike on the ball. If your grooves look damaged or worn down, have a clubmaker check it out. 

 

yes, sorry I did mean the Callaway Chrome+. 

 

I played today again with the same Chrome+ balls, and even with full wedge shots with my new Ping G25 Gap wedge, I noticed the golf ball to be intact.  I also was getting plenty of check up on the greens. 

 

It sounds to me that my wedge is playing fine, so I can continue to play with it, and have no fear that it needs to be replaced. 

 

Thank you for the tips

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I bought a dozen Chrome + a couple of weeks ago to try them based upon positive reviews and price.  I've played ProV1x and others but I'm not convinced they were worth the money.  I'm not a big spin guy but wow does this thing check up and spin. I've watched full 7i shots back off a green before as we all look at each and laugh.  It almost makes it look like I know what I'm doing.  I love opening up the 60 now and really going after it on short sided shots.  My up and downs have really improved on those shots.   I'm 99% certain they are my ball for the future.  That being said, they do damage easily.  I notice the cover almost looks like a snake skin after a round in spots where the dimples almost look like layers of scale.  Hard to explain.  At $2.50 a ball I don't care and happily replace it because it performs so well IMO.

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