"Worn out" Wedges?
Just trying to understand how potentially "worn out" wedges may effect my game. Two of my wedges that see the highest use, Titleist SM4 52* and 58*, are pretty old and have seen a lot of use throughout the years. They're rusted, and I don't even know how many rounds they've seen. I bought them off my cousin many, many years ago - I'm sure he put a lot of rounds on them as he was on a junior competitive circuit at the time, trying to eventually make a run at having a career in the game. They've been in my bag for what seems like 10+ years.
I've been an "on and off" golfer for the past 20 years, but have really taken up the sport again over the past year since moving to AZ. Based on my fear of these wedges being potentially "worn out", I bought a groove sharpening tool and sharpened these two wedges up. I'm not a competitive golfer, and although I consider myself a "good ball striker" for a mid-high handicap, I usually don't take score.
My ball striking has been really good this past year (for me, a casual mid-high handicap player), with the irons and wedges being the most consistently well struck clubs in my bag. My short game (putting and wedges) is usually the weakest component of my game - but a lot more so due to strategy and poor decision making than actual ball striking. But I can't help but wonder if new wedges, paired with lots of greenside practice and better strategy implementation, would help make my short game better - perhaps mine are "worn out" and not working for me as much as they should?
1. At the end of the day, would it really be worthwhile to update my wedges? Would I see any greenside improvement, and thus potentially enjoy the game more? Or should I keep rocking my old wedges, and "freshen them up" every once in a while with a groove sharpener? How much of a difference would it really make at the end of the day?
2. If the answer to the above is yes, what wedges are worth considering? Right now on my potential list would be Vokeys, Ping Glides, Taylormade MG's - anything else? FYI, I've been turning over a new leaf lately and trying to be more frugal with the purchase of a new house, so big bonus for any money I can save. I did recently buy a Mizuno 52* and 58* T7 wedges, but I have no confidence with them. My ball striking is much, much better with the Vokeys. I would hate to repeat that mistake, as I currently have those Mizuno wedges collecting dust in my shed.