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How many strikes on the same spot on iron to start getting wear mark?

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I purposely spread my impact points around the clubface, to avoid wearing out my irons prematurely.

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Does it depend on whether the iron is made from stainless or carbon steel?

Fixed it for you.  Cast or forged has nothing to do with softness of metal.  To answer your question, it really depends.  It depends how often you hit the same exact spot on the face and what kind of soil you play on.  Sandier soil will wear the face quicker.  For most people, I would say this is a moot point.  Even with a set of soft, forged irons; most people could play a set of irons for 30 years and still not wear them out.

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Fixed it for you.  Cast or forged has nothing to do with softness of metal.  To answer your question, it really depends.  It depends how often you hit the same exact spot on the face and what kind of soil you play on.  Sandier soil will wear the face quicker.  For most people, I would say this is a moot point.  Even with a set of soft, forged irons; most people could play a set of irons for 30 years and still not wear them out.

I can personally attest to this. I have a set of soft forged irons with which I have played off and on for well over 30 years and they are not worn out. Of course, like WUTiger, I , er, purposely spread those hits out across the face to reduce wear in one spot. I also have a set of cast cavity backs that are over 20 years old, and they don't have that wear spot either. So the design/material has no effect.

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Does it depend on whether the iron is made from forged or cast steel?

I'm going to guess yes because forged irons are generally made of softer steel.  My old irons (Titleist DCI's from 1997-ish) show very little, if any wear, on them.

Like Wutiger, though, I am not consistently hitting the same spot, and they are cast clubs made with harder steel.

EDIT:  My new irons are also cast and I've had them for about 14 months now.  I practice, on average, two days a week and hit maybe 30 balls or so with one club ... usually my 6 iron.  That means that my 6 iron has several thousand hits on it to this point with absolutely no sign of wear.  I plan on having it for a long time. :)

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Does it depend on whether the iron is made from forged or cast steel?

IMO it's more of the plating than whether it's forged or cast.  Another thing to factor in is the kind of surface you're hitting balls off of, matts, sandy range, etc.

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IMO it's more of the plating than whether it's forged or cast.  Another thing to factor in is the kind of surface you're hitting balls off of, matts, sandy range, etc.

Agree, so many more clubs are now casting the body of the iron, yet they stick a softer metal face insert. This allow them to get a bit more feel into casted clubs, and still be able to do the fancy designs through casting. Casting is just superior in its ability to do some cool geometries, especially at lower costs.

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I purposely spread my impact points around the clubface, to avoid wearing out my irons prematurely.

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I asked this question to TourSpoon, since we have the same set of irons...   and i was kind of worried about one day waking up and having the grooves on my irons GONE!!!!!!!

and basically i asked him how long he had his set, and stuff...

he's had them for, 4 years and has thousands of hits on them and the grooves are still very good...

I know my brothers old set of Wilson Deep Red irons,  he had them for about 5 or 6 yrs, and probably had about the same amount of hits on them, and the face / grooves still looked really good..

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