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Iron set lifespan; New irons?

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There has been a topic raised asking for opinions about how often others change their wedges. Having read this and the reply, that they only last 2 years, it therefore occurs to me to ask whether a normal full set of irons have a lifespan?  After all, a nine iron is not much less lofted than a pitching wedge, an 8 iron is not...... etc...

If the learned opinion is that wedges should be changed every 2 to 3 years, does that not also apply to other irons?

Or.... is the life of any iron not an issue at all?  Does it all depend on whether we look after our grooves?

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When a Tour Pro hits about 5000 balls each week, of which say 1000 will be wedges and they change wedges at least once a season that makes the life span for a club golfers wedge about five to six years, if they practice at all. I have a set of Ben Sayers Mentors that are over 30yrs old and are still playable.

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I think it depends a lot on not only how much you play, but also the type of metal and the manufacturing process. A cast set of steel heads will basically last forever, but a forged set with chrome plating will wear fairly quickly and the lofts and lies will change over time. 100% worth getting your lofts and lies checked once a year if you a regular player using a forged club. 

 

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On the wedges issue, having spoke to a few tour technicians you would be amazed by how many wedges the Tour Pros go through. Quite often 3-4 sets a season! If they are free, you would want to keep those grooves nice and fresh I imagine :) 

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When I chatted with the Cleveland tour truck they said that many of their tour pro's had their new game set and the old set would become their practise set, this gave the lifespan of their game set a litter longer.

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