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For those who play a lot of golf and/or hit the range quite often, do you get your irons rechecked for any bending? Is it considered something necessary to do? I play a round or two a week , sometimes more, but I hit tons of balls as well. Just wanted the opinions of the TST world, the smartest people in golf.😁

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I know that I should, but I never do.

I probably have 800+ rounds on my current, soon to be retired, forged irons.

I may have them checked just out of curiosity...

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From what I can gather...normal use does not alter the specs over time.  And it is more likely that a club that is "off" was shipped that way...do to manufacturing tolerances.  It might be a good idea to have new clubs checked and adjusted if necessary.  Without a baseline; there wouldn't be any way to know if the club had changed or had always been like that.

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Once a year for me, since I play, and practice a lot. Actually I give them my own check first, using a lie board, and a piece of tape on the bottom of the club head. If something looks out of whack after this test, I go to a club fitter I have some confidence in. 

Also, if a particular club seems to be sending balls in a strange way, I will check the lie angle first.

All things considered, I have not had many issues with lie angles changing due to excessive use. Maybe 3 clubs in several years, and they were not off by much. I owe this to the quality of the clubs I purchased. 

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I’ll probably get mine checked. I just figured my excessive shanking has probably taken its toll on them. Although I’m glad to report my shanks have drastically reduced in occurrences as well as the level of violence.

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Blades need to be checked more frequently as any soft composite irons.
Striking the ball on hard pan surface can tweak a club, or hitting a tree root.

Temper slams can change the loft.

Cast club heads are difficult to set and Titanium products are even more difficult by hand on lie/loft devices. 

Checking the clubs as well as checking ones swing is also a good idea together as both may vary.

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Recently had both sets checked for someting to do while the weather is bad. One an older set of Clevelands , the other newer (but still a few years old) Mizunos. Both were in spec and the lies were as I like. As others said, the pro told me forged are more likely to get "off" a little, cast are less so, and more likely a manufacturing issue in any event. However, I think a golfer who plays better with lies that are a little flatter or a little more upright can tell the difference. The pro said hitting a bunch on a lie board while video taping would tell the tale. Good topic. Let's hope rain, snow, ice, cold end soon. Best, -Marv

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This is just my own opinion and experience. I don't worry too much about lie angles. The courses I play are full of uphill lies, downhill lies, balls above my feet, balls below my feet, etc. In these situations if the lie angle is a little off it doesn't matter much.

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  • 1 year later...

I just dropped my 6 - pw off to be checked for loft and lie. I use 2 degree upright on my irons. I also decided to have my lofts weakened to have a 4 degree gapping. 
 

I have not used a 5 iron for a very long time. I purchased a 25 degree Ping 400 driving iron. After playing a few months with it, I have enjoyed the distance it produced. 
 

My 6 iron spec was 27 degrees so I opted to have it weakened to 29 degrees and requested all irons to be bent to have a 4 degree gap. 
 

Hopefully this will make sense. 

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On 3/1/2019 at 7:49 PM, Vinsk said:

For those who play a lot of golf and/or hit the range quite often, do you get your irons rechecked for any bending? Is it considered something necessary to do? I play a round or two a week , sometimes more, but I hit tons of balls as well. Just wanted the opinions of the TST world, the smartest people in golf.😁

Dang! If I'm one of the smartest people in the golf world it must be a really tiny world! I sincerely doubt that I strike a golf ball hard enough to affect the loft or lie and, in any event, I'm not sure I'd know the difference if I did...

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2 hours ago, Zippo said:

Dang! If I'm one of the smartest people in the golf world it must be a really tiny world! I sincerely doubt that I strike a golf ball hard enough to affect the loft or lie and, in any event, I'm not sure I'd know the difference if I did...

Well if you hit the hosel as much as I do...it’s a reasonable question.🤭

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With a new set they get checked and set and then spot checked as needed for loft about once a year or so. I have seen the lofts move more (scoring clubs only) than lie angles. 

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17 hours ago, Vinsk said:

Well if you hit the hosel as much as I do...it’s a reasonable question.🤭

I bow to your advanced skill. There's no way I could swing well enough to hit the ball with the hosel consistently! Seriously, I would think a hard toe strike would stress the clubhead more than a hosel hit. But then, what I know about it wouldn't fill a shot glass...

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On 3/2/2019 at 7:21 AM, Patch said:

Once a year for me, since I play, and practice a lot. Actually I give them my own check first, using a lie board, and a piece of tape on the bottom of the club head. If something looks out of whack after this test, I go to a club fitter I have some confidence in. 

Also, if a particular club seems to be sending balls in a strange way, I will check the lie angle first.

All things considered, I have not had many issues with lie angles changing due to excessive use. Maybe 3 clubs in several years, and they were not off by much. I owe this to the quality of the clubs I purchased. 

I don't pay attention.  In my brain golf clubs are essentially an inanimate object.  If they change I would notice on the course or range.  Otherwise, I do replace a shaft when it breaks.  Shafts are not inanimate objects.

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