July 16th, 2009 by Kristofer Anderson
Tim Finchem, PGA Tour commissioner, announced that the groove rule will be put in place starting January 1 of next year. Last week several PGA Tour players came forward in opposition, along with several manufacturers, and the Player’s Advisory Board met to discuss the possibility of postponing the rule one year. In the end the PGA Tour and USGA got there way and the plan is to move ahead with the rule change.
The new rule will not affect the average golfer for years but it is most likely that manufacturers will comply beginning next year and offer V Grooves in irons and wedges. The new rule limits the size of grooves allowed on irons and wedges and will essentially make all current wedges illegal. The USGA is currently compiling a list of all clubs that will and will not conform.