Yesterday, I asked this very question and I was not really surprised at the results. As a collector of golf clubs, I would suggest I fit into the 10+ category. And this is after I gave a couple of away to some friends. Before you start to judge me for having more wedges that I need, I should explain what is going on!
First, the data:
As you can see, most players carry 2 sets of wedges (this is excluding the PW that comes with each set). So, that means that they likely carry a 52°, 56° and a 60° wedge or something close. As a player of 45+ years, I have had a few sets of clubs. The funny thing about buying new clubs is that I always keep my old wedges, then by new ones. And no I do not have an abundance of cash, but I have trouble parting with my wedges and drivers.
Currently, I have 11 wedges excluding PW. Now, before you think I have wasted my money, I have clubs that are 38 years old. My Ping Eye 2 red dots, owned by my father, were purchased in 1983 and I keep them as a third right hand set. I still have the the sand wedge that he bought so many years ago. He is gone now, but I can tell you that I will never part with these clubs!
This particular sand wedge was the start of my trend to keep all the wedges through the years. As I keep spare sets for visitors, I thought that my vintage wedges would be a good fit for these spares. I also have a spare set of left handed clubs (thanks to my friend Kirk) and I am slowly flushing out these clubs for a full set and that includes wedges. So, you can see how the number of wedges grows in my collection.
Wedges (and drivers) are clubs that I keep to flush out the spare set of clubs I keep for friends who come to visit. Additionally, I am not adverse to gifting a wedge or two to friends who are in need, but that is another story for a different day. Bottom line, I feel that keeping old wedges to flush out my spare sets are important for the enjoyment of my guests.
And no, I do not have a problem because I am an amateur considering the image on the left.
So, caboose at the end of my train of thought is quite simple: keeping wedges and drivers is a good idea to flush out spare sets of golf clubs. They are important so that my guests can play golf with decent clubs and quality wedges enhance their play and experience.
How many wedges do you own?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!