Umm.. Maybe It Really Is the Grooves.
By Kickntrue on 8/5/10
Some people have joked that the reason for all of the low scores lately is because of the new groove rule. Umm... some pros actually agree.
The new grooves the USGA ordered were supposed to help restore the integrity of par. But on the soft greens at the Greenbrier Resort, the new grooves were an advantage, as CBS' Nick Faldo pointed out on Saturday. They allowed the ball generally to stop in its tracks, in contrast to how the ball might have reacted with the old grooves, perhaps spinning back off the front of the greens.

Joe Ogilvie concurred. "Maybe I owe USGA an apology, groove rule has made golf easier, controlling wedge spin a breeze, I hope it is easier for ams too?!?!?" he wrote on Twitter. "USGA repeat after me, more spin is harder, less spin is easier."
Actually- makes a lot of sense, especially on the softer greens, which of course is 75% of all Tour events. The Majors play tougher differently, but everything else a little easier. The sad thing is, that means the only people being hurt by the new grooves are amateurs, who don't usually have a problem with spinning a ball back off the front of a green.

Can the USGA/R&A issue an "oops" recall?!

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photo source- EIDOLONGolf.com


[ comments ]
sepfeiff says:
? the groove is in the heart...??
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Kickntrue says:
@sepfeiff- did you just drop a Deee-Lite reference?!
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Banker85 says:
I wish i even knew how to control spin, i just swing and hope it lands near my target.
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birdieXris says:
Much like George W. Bush, the USGA will never admit it was wrong. Not to mention the s#!tstorm that would ensue after companies start saying how the equipment change costed money and to change back would be more money. Blah blah blah. I don't mind the new grooves. I've been playing them for a while as well. Not a big deal.
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SingleDigits says:
Most amateurs hit short of the flag anyway, so the new grooves should help the ball roll up towards the hole! Also, most regular golfers play a less expensive, low spin ball, so sharp grooves won't help that much anyway.
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sepfeiff says:
@kikntrue - yea that just happened
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Scott Shields says:
I must admit, I have friends of mine that use 2009 old groove wedges, and they spin themselves into trouble ... they'll land the ball 3' from the pin and spin it too 10'. I don't see how that helps ... When I use B330's I get a bounce...check, anything more then that becomes hard to control / predict. imo.
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meatball413 says:
It's a good thing I just dont know how to spin a ball and if it does happen, total coincidence..lol
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nswynnerton says:
A comment to birdieXris: Keep politics out of the golf comments. And "...costed money...", a tip-off to your mental acuity.
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jrbizzle says:
Never owned a pair of spin milled grooves, so I really could care less. I hit a flush 50 degree today and it took one hop and stopped dead. Any more spin than that, for me is not necessary. Unless you're a 5 handicap, you're not flying over trouble and pulling the string to tucked pins anyway. Play the safe shot, two putt, card your par and go to the next hole.
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Matt F says:
nswynnerton...enter a few score and then make comments.
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Banker85 says:
agreed aussie!
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Swingem says:
Ditto Auzzie - show your game, earn your attitude newb.
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MiddleAgedGuy says:
@sepfeiff- did you just drop a Ron Burgandy reference?!
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windowsurfer says:
Paula Creamer, now there's acuity . . .
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