Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Grooves statement
The United States Golf Association implemented its new Grooves Regulations on Jan. 1, 2010.
The new rules regarding grooves will be adopted as a condition of competition for the 2010 U.S. Open Championship and U.S. Senior Open Championship, as well as sectional (final stage) qualifiers for these championships. The condition will NOT be in effect at local (first stage) qualifiers for the 2010 U.S. Open or at any of the USGA’s national championships and team competitions that are contested by amateurs only. It will be in effect for the U.S. Senior Open Qualifier (because there is no local qualifying stage). Therefore, the condition of competition WILL BE in effect for the U.S. Senior Open Qualifier, which the Golf Association will administer, on Thursday, June 24 at Radnor Valley Country Club.
The USGA will adopt the condition of competition for U.S. Open Local Qualifying beginning in 2011 and for the national championships and team competitions it conducts for amateur players no later than 2014, as originally announced.
Currently, the year 2024 is the earliest date the condition of competition will become a permanent equipment specification in the Rules of Golf.
The Golf Association of Philadelphia is currently following the USGA’s recommendations and has yet to create a formal policy. Questions can be directed to the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s tournament department at 610-687-2340, ext. 12.
The USGA has received numerous inquiries from golfers wishing to know whether or not their clubs will meet the new groove and punch mark specifications effective from Jan. 1, 2010 (the "New Groove Rules").
Many of these inquiries have come from golfers who plan to play in events where the condition of competition is in effect, requiring that the player's clubs conform to the New Groove Rules (the "Condition of Competition").
As a result, the USGA and The R&A have created a reference resource called the Informational Club Database (the "Database").
Click the ensuing link to access the Informational Club Database http://www.usga.org/InfoClubsDB/intro.html.
*USGA Questions & Answers: Implementation Of New Rules Regarding Grooves