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How Often Should You Change Your Golf Clubs?

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In this week’s Tech Tuesday, we look at how often you should be changing your golf clubs following a new video circulated by Titleist around its Vokey wedges.

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  1. Jon Dodd

    Mar 24, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I actually re-grip my clubs every round at the turn.

  2. Scott

    Mar 22, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Driver: 2016 Fairway Woods: 2013, 2014 Hybrid: 2015
    Irons: 2010 Wedges, 2016 x1, 2015 x2 Putter 2016

    Aside from getting loft/lie on my irons checked out there won’t be any changes to the bag this year.

  3. Jim

    Mar 22, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    It’s good to see an article like this every once in awhile. “How often to change clubs” is not something that needs to be done annually or even close to it. Contrary to what manufacturers want us to believe, the objective of golf is to enjoy and get better at the game (practice and improve), NOT buy equipment that will make it easier for you. I actually prefer playing with the challenges of older, more traditional clubs and tell my friends that if they need a 460cc driver to hit a ball, they should take up bowling. Today’s gear is certainly no better than that of 30-60 years ago, it’s just bigger and easier to hit. The game should not be about “forgiving” clubs that make it all so much easier.

  4. john

    Mar 22, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Wedges wear out, I play once a week so replace my 58 every 5 years..I can tell when the one hop and stop shots stop happening.

    Driver, my rule of thumb is every 4 generations, altho I had my r580 for 10 years.
    Fairway woods, when they look tired and embarrassing.
    Irons, hardly ever. I switched from blades to x14 pro series to 2009 xforged . I changed drips every other year
    Putter, had the same one since witle hot number 7 2000, just this year trying the versa 7H

  5. joro

    Mar 22, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I have a set of 2002 Big Berthas that were great and still are, The only difference tween them and my new Apex Irons are loft, the 02s are about 1/2 a club shorter doe to the strong lofts of the new ones. The Steelhead Woods are still great, and just not quit as good as the new GBB woods, The VFT Driver is still long and straight although I am not as strong as I was then and have trouble with the 8 degree VFT and the 10.5 GBB works better for me. But I do believe with a softer shaft and more loft the VFT would still be a very good Dr.

    So what is the bottom line. Golf is getting too technical, people are getting too confused, there is a lot of pressure to have the newest and the greatest, and Golf Companies survive of SALES.

  6. Beachsidegolfer

    Mar 22, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Michael Breed would probably suggest you change out your equipment once a month

  7. golfraven

    Mar 22, 2017 at 8:42 am

    The link to the Titleist video mentioned would have been great here otherwise I need to open Youtube and search for above link. Cheers

  8. cwr117

    Mar 22, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Curious about the irons, I play 2007 Callaway X-20 and I love them. For me I have tried every new set of irons out there over the last year, and I am just not seeing a $900-$1200 difference in the new irons so I have a hard time justifying spending that kind of money. Now, I take very good care of my clubs, keep them clean and use a groove sharpener, new grips every year or so, but shouldn’t we all be doing that? I typically play around 100 rounds a year.

    I did get fitted for a new driver a few years ago and I am swinging a 913D3.

    • joro

      Mar 22, 2017 at 11:45 am

      They were and are still very good clubs. If you really look and todays models you will see the same basic design with minor changes. The biggest changes are the length and lofts which make the clubs hit it farther. There are other things mainly to the hitting surface, but most of it is just salesman talk, the reality is in the loft, length and weight to make them longer, and as you know our ego says we have to be longer.

      Enjoy your Golf with what you like, not what they say you should like.

  9. Dave

    Mar 22, 2017 at 5:32 am

    What bull! Golf clubs should be changed when they break.

  10. Dill Pickelson

    Mar 21, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    interesting about irons. i have noticed gaps developing between clubs, will get the loft and lie checked.

    if you sharpen grooves on old wedges, i imagine they will not be better then new. but, is it legal in tourney play?

    i used a groove sharpen on the wedges and it reduced roll out by 50%. still not a good as new but good enough to keep in the bag.

    • Devilsadvocate

      Mar 23, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      Legal as long as you don’t sharpen them past conforming levels… or change the general groove shape … if you are in doubt they can be checked by an official if you are at a large tournament

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As I was thinking about some “gremlins” that have snuck into my own game the past few weeks, I recalled a visit I had with Dr. Bob Rotella some 10 years ago. That morning was one of the standout days of my 30-year golf industry career, getting to spend several hours with one of golf’s pre-eminent sports psychologists.

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Dr. Rotella, as you probably know, has worked with dozens of tour professionals, and has authored numerous books on the subject of performance psychology, most notably “Golf Is Not A Game of Perfect.” If you haven’t read any of his works, I highly recommend it.

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Those tour bunkers.

Did you know the PGA Tour had a standard for bunker sand. They like them firm and moist, so the players can hit those miraculous bunker shots with lots of spin, and they very rarely get a “down” or plugged lie. As I’ve written before, the PGA Tour appreciates that their “customer” is the television viewer – over 50% of which don’t even play golf – and they like to see these things. But I have a problem with the best players in the world enjoying bunkers that are not nearly as tough as the ones we all play every week. For most all of us, any bunker shot that gets out and leaves a putt of even 20 to 30 feet is not bad.

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