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January 08, 2010

USGA's New Rule on Grooves

This week the USGA is implementing its new rules that limits the depth, width and sharpness of grooves on clubs with lofts greater than 25 degrees. (i.e. seven-iron, eight-iron, nine-iron, pitching wedge, sand wedge, 56-degree wedge, etc.).

In short, this means players will get less spin on approach shots hit with any club less than a five-iron.

So last year, when a player played a shot with the intent of putting backspin on it, now he will land the ball and run it up to the hole.

There are some cases where this will make shots hard for golfers - like around the green. But these guys are pros and can easily adjust their games.

I think this rule is great. I'm in favor of anything we can do to make golf harder for tour pros.

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