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Do Driver heads wear out?


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#1 3 putt Charlie

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 11:45 AM

I go to the driving range at couple times a week and after I practice some short game and iron shots.  I love to just pull out my driver or three wood and go after it.  I know it's probably not great for my game, but I probably hit my driver 200 times a week.  My questions is: should I be concerned that I will reduce the performance of my driver or shorten it's life?

I have heard of long drive high swing speed guys who cave-in the face of their drivers.  My SS is only 105-110, so that is not an issue.  Any engineer types know?
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 12:21 PM

No. Drivers will wear out but it takes a long time. The main thing is the age. I have a 120 mph swing speed and used the same driver for 3 years before I saw any real change in distance and it was just a few yards.  Bigger threat to your driver is sandy range ball. Driver faces aren't that thick so wear from sand and large nicks to the face could potential cause an issue, but probably not. As for fairway woods I've never seen one ware out, only major face failure.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 12:24 PM

Short answer, you'll probably get tired of it and buy another driver long before it ever "wears out". The two main ways a driver gets out of spec are a flattening of the bulge and roll radii or the development of tiny cracks in the edge welds between the crown, body and face. Neither are common unless there was a manufacturing defect or you're banging away at 130 mph or so.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 12:52 PM

View PostStretch, on 27 February 2012 - 12:24 PM, said:

Short answer, you'll probably get tired of it and buy another driver long before it ever "wears out". The two main ways a driver gets out of spec are a flattening of the bulge and roll radii or the development of tiny cracks in the edge welds between the crown, body and face. Neither are common unless there was a manufacturing defect or you're banging away at 130 mph or so.

For a much more comprehensive answer, see here:

http://www.golfwrx.c...ost__p__4291999


Thanks...great link
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