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There comes a time in every relationship when you need to make a decision – should you make a commitment and take it to the next level or should you move on try to find something better?  When it comes to your golf clubs, that point is right about here:

I’ve been playing my main iron set, some early 80′s Wilson Staff blades, for over a year and a half with very little rest.  Although they were acquired with little use, I’ve managed to pound away a good amount of chome from the surfaces of the short irons.  I know it’s not the prettiest pattern like Tiger or Arnie…

In terms of playability, I notice no negative effects from the fairway.  However, from the rough, or with any amount of embedded dirt in the grooves, I have started to notice a slight loss of control.  Purely struck shots sometimes fly on me.  Moisture is dangerous too as groove depth is steadily decreasing.

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So I figure my choices go as follows:

1. Rechrome

Advantages:  Restore clubfaces to shiny new condition.  Return lost mass to head.  Reseal surface to prevent corrosion.

Disadvantages:  Costly – $26 per club for rechroming,  $34 per club for rechroming and regrooving.  Lengthy: 3 to 4 weeks turnaround time.

2. Replace

Advantages: Cheap – I could get on the Bay and have a playable set of comparable blades for under $100.

Disadvantages: Tedious – May need to adjust lie angles, weights, lofts, lengths, and/or replace grips.  They may never perform as well as your old set.

3. Nothing

Advantages: Cheap and Easy – No additional money invested, no lost access to your gear.

Disadvantages: Potential loss of performance and grooves continue to deteriorate.

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So I’m open to suggestions!  I’m leaning towards holding out until the end of the season at least.  That way if I choose to pull the trigger on rechroming I can do it during the rainy season.  I  know that if I do choose to get the work done, I’ll utilize The Iron Factory.  I’ve heard many reports of top work and happy cutomers who’ve restored vintage gear to immaculate conditions.  You get what you pay for I guess.

3 Responses to “Rechrome, Replace, or Resist?”

  1. Avatar of Jeff Stern Jeff Stern says:

    Play the clubs until the grooves are gone. A number of players believe that a good layer of patina rust creates a modicum of traction. You could have the grooves re-cut without re-chroming. This is a delicate, laborious operation (I’ve done it before) and often not worth the expense. You could also replace the clubs that show the most wear- buy duplicates when you find them available. Having a clubhead de-mobbed and rechromed has the effect of reducing it’s collectors value.
    Peace, Forged radical

  2. Avatar of dpark dpark says:

    Buy a replacement set and just keep on playing. I have yet to see a rechrome/refinish job that plays as well as the set originally did. Plus the cost to refinish a set is generally more than to replace it on ebay or the like. When my old sets get that bad, they become my backup set (I have two of them in different locations that I travel to and one backup set at home in case something happens to my main set) and the oldest backup set goes to the 1st tee or Goodwill.

  3. Avatar of Alec Alec says:

    Howdy sir. My man that’s all cosmetic, they will be just fine as is. If you want I’ll trade you heads for heads for my Hogans with the funky 8 iron & I’ll game those beauties right now. Its not like they had milled razor grooves when they were new, that’s a great set, if you get em redone they aren’t original anymore.

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