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post #1243 of 1852
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At this point I just want the USGA to make their final decision.  2016 seems long enough away for the players that anchor to adapt and those that can't still have 3 year to make money before heading to the Champions Tour.  Phil seems to change putters and putting strokes weekly and he's still competing for top 25.  

The 2016 date isn't when they would make a decision, it is when they would implement it. They have some archaic rule about only revising rules every four years.

post #1244 of 1852
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At this point I just want the USGA to make their final decision.  2016 seems long enough away for the players that anchor to adapt and those that can't still have 3 year to make money before heading to the Champions Tour.  Phil seems to change putters and putting strokes weekly and he's still competing for top 25.  

The 2016 date isn't when they would make a decision, it is when they would implement it. They have some archaic rule about only revising rules every four years.

 

I guess I don't see it as archaic, but as simply avoiding unnecessary confusion.  In a perceived instance of urgency, they will post a new decision in a more timely manner even if it doesn't fit the 4 year schedule.

post #1245 of 1852

Think of the cost in publishing a new set every year and ensuring that all referees are up to speed. Updating the decisions every two is bad enough.

post #1246 of 1852
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I guess I don't see it as archaic, but as simply avoiding unnecessary confusion.  In a perceived instance of urgency, they will post a new decision in a more timely manner even if it doesn't fit the 4 year schedule.
It is archaic. The only thing that will be confusing to people is why they will wait until 2016 to implement the rule when they finally announce it as a Rule of Golf. Some might think it will be to give folks a chance to adjust when really it will be because of this archaic rule.
post #1247 of 1852
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I guess I don't see it as archaic, but as simply avoiding unnecessary confusion.  In a perceived instance of urgency, they will post a new decision in a more timely manner even if it doesn't fit the 4 year schedule.
It is archaic. The only thing that will be confusing to people is why they will wait until 2016 to implement the rule when they finally announce it as a Rule of Golf. Some might think it will be to give folks a chance to adjust when really it will be because of this archaic rule.

 

So you don't think it's possible that one reason the rules only change every 4 years is *because* they want to give people time to learn about and adjust to them?

post #1248 of 1852
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So you don't think it's possible that one reason the rules only change every 4 years is *because* they want to give people time to learn about and adjust to them?

I don't think they had 3 years to deal with the groove rule change, if I remember correctly the Pro's had about 1 years notice before the rule went into effect. 

post #1249 of 1852
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So you don't think it's possible that one reason the rules only change every 4 years is *because* they want to give people time to learn about and adjust to them?

I don't think they had 3 years to deal with the groove rule change, if I remember correctly the Pro's had about 1 years notice before the rule went into effect. 

 

Right, but the actual USGA rule regarding grooves isn't changing, and thus it doesn't affect amateurs in non-elite events, until 2024 (and doesn't affect amateurs in elite events until 2014).

 

So an exception was made for the PGA Tour, and it was adopted as a condition of competition (as it will be for amateurs in elite events starting in 2014). Even so, note that the groove rule was proposed and comments were requested in Feb 2007. A revised proposal was released in Aug 2008. The rule was implemented for the PGA Tour in 2010. I think the Tour might have adopted the rule early since they felt:  1) Players who were paying attention would've known for a couple years by that point, 2) There was a perceived urgency since they felt there was too much bombing and gouging going on and the Tour was becoming less fun to watch as a result, and 3) The urgency only affected pros.

post #1250 of 1852
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Right, but the actual USGA rule regarding grooves isn't changing, and thus it doesn't affect amateurs in non-elite events, until 2024 (and doesn't affect amateurs in elite events until 2014).

 

So an exception was made for the PGA Tour, and it was adopted as a condition of competition (as it will be for amateurs in elite events starting in 2014). Even so, note that the groove rule was proposed and comments were requested in Feb 2007. A revised proposal was released in Aug 2008. The rule was implemented for the PGA Tour in 2010. I think the Tour might have adopted the rule early since they felt:  1) Players who were paying attention would've known for a couple years by that point, 2) There was a perceived urgency since they felt there was too much bombing and gouging going on and the Tour was becoming less fun to watch as a result, and 3) The urgency only affected pros.

Good points, I wasn't aware of the portion of the rule that takes effect in 2014 for amateurs, thanks.  It would make sense that the USGA would allow some transition time for a rule change that affects a golfers stroke or equipment. 

post #1251 of 1852
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Right, but the actual USGA rule regarding grooves isn't changing, and thus it doesn't affect amateurs in non-elite events, until 2024 (and doesn't affect amateurs in elite events until 2014).

 

So an exception was made for the PGA Tour, and it was adopted as a condition of competition (as it will be for amateurs in elite events starting in 2014). Even so, note that the groove rule was proposed and comments were requested in Feb 2007. A revised proposal was released in Aug 2008. The rule was implemented for the PGA Tour in 2010. I think the Tour might have adopted the rule early since they felt:  1) Players who were paying attention would've known for a couple years by that point, 2) There was a perceived urgency since they felt there was too much bombing and gouging going on and the Tour was becoming less fun to watch as a result, and 3) The urgency only affected pros.

Good points, I wasn't aware of the portion of the rule that takes effect in 2014 for amateurs, thanks.  It would make sense that the USGA would allow some transition time for a rule change that affects a golfers stroke or equipment. 

 

Actually, any competition since 2010 could use the condition of the competition requiring clubs conforming to the new groove rule.  It was recommend that the above dates be used as a guideline, but use of the condition was not prohibited earlier.

post #1252 of 1852
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Right, but the actual USGA rule regarding grooves isn't changing, and thus it doesn't affect amateurs in non-elite events, until 2024 (and doesn't affect amateurs in elite events until 2014).

 

So an exception was made for the PGA Tour, and it was adopted as a condition of competition (as it will be for amateurs in elite events starting in 2014). Even so, note that the groove rule was proposed and comments were requested in Feb 2007. A revised proposal was released in Aug 2008. The rule was implemented for the PGA Tour in 2010. I think the Tour might have adopted the rule early since they felt:  1) Players who were paying attention would've known for a couple years by that point, 2) There was a perceived urgency since they felt there was too much bombing and gouging going on and the Tour was becoming less fun to watch as a result, and 3) The urgency only affected pros.

Good points, I wasn't aware of the portion of the rule that takes effect in 2014 for amateurs, thanks.  It would make sense that the USGA would allow some transition time for a rule change that affects a golfers stroke or equipment. 

 

Actually, any competition since 2010 could use the condition of the competition requiring clubs conforming to the new groove rule.  It was recommend that the above dates be used as a guideline, but use of the condition was not prohibited earlier.

 

Good point. Just curious, are you aware of any amateur competitions that have used the new groove rule yet?

post #1253 of 1852
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Right, but the actual USGA rule regarding grooves isn't changing, and thus it doesn't affect amateurs in non-elite events, until 2024 (and doesn't affect amateurs in elite events until 2014).

 

So an exception was made for the PGA Tour, and it was adopted as a condition of competition (as it will be for amateurs in elite events starting in 2014). Even so, note that the groove rule was proposed and comments were requested in Feb 2007. A revised proposal was released in Aug 2008. The rule was implemented for the PGA Tour in 2010. I think the Tour might have adopted the rule early since they felt:  1) Players who were paying attention would've known for a couple years by that point, 2) There was a perceived urgency since they felt there was too much bombing and gouging going on and the Tour was becoming less fun to watch as a result, and 3) The urgency only affected pros.

Good points, I wasn't aware of the portion of the rule that takes effect in 2014 for amateurs, thanks.  It would make sense that the USGA would allow some transition time for a rule change that affects a golfers stroke or equipment. 

 

Actually, any competition since 2010 could use the condition of the competition requiring clubs conforming to the new groove rule.  It was recommend that the above dates be used as a guideline, but use of the condition was not prohibited earlier.

 

Good point. Just curious, are you aware of any amateur competitions that have used the new groove rule yet?

 

Nope. 

post #1254 of 1852

Nor me.

post #1255 of 1852
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Good point. Just curious, are you aware of any amateur competitions that have used the new groove rule yet?

Some that won't....

 

http://www.thestate.com/2013/02/17/2637049/cga-scga-wont-follow-grooves-rules.html

 

The Carolinas Golf Association will not require players in its tournaments to use wedges that conform to USGA “grooves standards” in 2014, and the South Carolina Golf Association is expected to follow suit.

“Our board will meet next week, and I would anticipate our adopting what the CGA has done,” said Happ Lathrop, executive director of the SCGA. “We will not play under different rules in the Carolinas.”

In 2010, the USGA enacted the grooves rules to reduce golf-ball spin rates for golfers at the highest level, and the CGA executive committee reasoned most of its members are not “expert” golfers — professionals or scratch/plus handicap — and do not play at the highest level, such as in the U.S. Amateur.

The 2014 timeline to implement the rule is a “recommendation” and not a “mandate,” the CGA decided. The grooves specifications will be incorporated into the Rules of Golf in 2024, and the state organizations will support the change at that time.

The grooves rules are in effect for the USGA open championships and, in 2014, will be a condition of competition for all USGA tournaments. Golfers attempting to qualify for those championships would be required to play under the new grooves rules.

“We saw the impact in qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open last year (with the revised rules in effect),” Lathrop said. “Our number of entries dropped from 80 to 34. Most players are not going to buy a new set of wedges to use one day in an attempt to qualify.”

post #1256 of 1852
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“We saw the impact in qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open last year (with the revised rules in effect),” Lathrop said. “Our number of entries dropped from 80 to 34. Most players are not going to buy a new set of wedges to use one day in an attempt to qualify.”

 

That seems silly. In 2014, what, someone's going to use a four-year-old wedge because they think it will perform better somehow? It will if they just took the wrapper off, but not if they've been practicing with it for a month or two. Silly golf associations...

post #1257 of 1852

So I finally get to update my previously posted position of basically having never seen a guy out on the course using a long putter.  I played with a guy yesterday who had a broomstick length putter, however, he wasn't anchoring it.  He was using a goofy, croquet-ish style.  He stood with both feet together just to the left side of the ball facing directly at the hole, held the butt in of the club with his right forearm across his chest **, and swung it like pendulum with his right hand down lower.

 

**  Come to think of it, I'm not so sure his left forearm wasn't against his chest, in which case, I believe that he would be using an anchored stroke.

 

Either way, it was awfully different, that's for sure.  He was not a horrible putter though.  He was horrible at everything else, just not putting.  Might have had something to do with the fact that he was high the entire time. ;)

post #1258 of 1852
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That seems silly. In 2014, what, someone's going to use a four-year-old wedge because they think it will perform better somehow? It will if they just took the wrapper off, but not if they've been practicing with it for a month or two. Silly golf associations...

Do most senior golfers have a high enough swing speed to get the ball to check up or roll back with either type of grooves? 

post #1259 of 1852
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Do most senior golfers have a high enough swing speed to get the ball to check up or roll back with either type of grooves? 

 

The ones competing for a spot in the U.S. Senior Open should... Fred Couples is > 50, you know.

post #1260 of 1852
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The ones competing for a spot in the U.S. Senior Open should... Fred Couples is > 50, you know.

True, I guess I don't count those guys that still show up on the regular Tour.  I guess I need to watch the Champions Tour more often. 

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