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Face Wear

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Just wondering about the affect and time of onset of face wear. I spend a lot of time looking at used clubs and have noticed most of the forged clubs have face wear on the sweet spot. Does the affect the performance of the club? While most of the used cast clubs don't show the face wear. Do cast clubs ever get this wear? Does 431 stainless steal wear faster/slower than 17-4?

 

Anyone have experience with this or any comments?

post #2 of 7

Cast clubs on average are made of harder steel than forged clubs. So, cast irons might be more resistant to face wear.

 

Also, better players buy the majority of forged clubs. Such golfers play more rounds and practice more often than the average golfer, and put more wear on their forged clubs.

post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by WUTiger View Post
 

Cast clubs on average are made of harder steel than forged clubs. So, cast irons might be more resistant to face wear.

 

Also, better players buy the majority of forged clubs. Such golfers play more rounds and practice more often than the average golfer, and put more wear on their forged clubs.

I agree with all this. I guess I should have posted a more direct question. If I want my irons to last 10+ years, will forged clubs make it that long?

And should I be wary about buying used forged clubs that may show some face wear?

post #4 of 7

I doubt you will wear any club out in 10 years, unless you play obscene amounts of golf. The wear spots are normally just the chrome plating not the actual iron itself.

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Originally Posted by Mozgolf View Post
 

I doubt you will wear any club out in 10 years, unless you play obscene amounts of golf. The wear spots are normally just the chrome plating not the actual iron itself.


Thanks. I have seen a couple people say this. Just wanted to try and gather as much input as I could. Don't want to be wasting money!

post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by Mozgolf View Post
 

I doubt you will wear any club out in 10 years, unless you play obscene amounts of golf. The wear spots are normally just the chrome plating not the actual iron itself.

 

Correct, really only have to worry about it if the grooves are wearing out. Here's a couple pics of Charles Howell's 8 iron at Riviera. 

 

 

 

post #7 of 7
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mvmac,

 

Appreciate the pics. That's what most of the used forged irons look like that I see. Good to know it's not likely a big deal.

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