I am looking for a sand wedge. Are these things legal ? Are there any benefits?
Sand wedge with open holes in face
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They're certainly legal... I guess the supposed "advantage" is that these clubs cut through the sand and allow you to make better contact with the ball...
That said, such a design makes me scratch my head, as the classic sand shot theoretically involves NO contact between the club and ball... I've always been told to dig the club in an inch or two behind the ball, and let the sand "blow" the ball out of the trap... A club face with holes in it would theoretically stifle the physics of the sand shot, wouldn't it?
perhaps the point is to hit it like a normal chip shot with no interference from the sand? Just my $0.02.
They are certainly NOT legal. From the USGA rules:
a. Plain in Shape
The clubhead must be generally plain in shape. All parts must be rigid, structural in nature and functional. The clubhead or its parts must not be designed to resemble any other object. It is not practicable to define plain in shape precisely and comprehensively. However, features that are deemed to be in breach of this requirement and are therefore not permitted include, but are not limited to:
(i) All Clubs
- holes through the face;
- holes through the head (some exceptions may be made for putters and cavity back irons);
- facsimiles of golf balls or actual golf balls incorporated into the head;
- features that are for the purpose of meeting dimensional specifications;
- features that extend into or ahead of the face;
- features that extend significantly above the top line of the head;
- furrows in or runners on the head that extend into the face (some exceptions may be made for putters); and
- optical or electronic devices.
Balls are 3 dimensional. Circles are 2 dimensional.