R&A IN THE GROOVE OVER NEW PROPOSAL
Just as we were starting to think that any golf course under 7500 yds was too short for the tour, any rough less than 6 feet tall, too short for competition and any driver requiring less research and development than a rocket, a waste of time, the R@ A has finally seen sense and made what we believe are big steps into puting an end to this nonsense.
They are proposing a fairly radical change in the grooves of clubs, thus making it more difficult (if not impossible) to get back-spin from the rough (back spin from the rough?...back spin from a tight lie would be nice!).
R&A director of rules and equipment standards David Rickman said: "It is a matter of ensuring that skill remains the dominant element of success".
But before you start worrying and heading down to your pro for new "legal" clubs, no need to fret.
It has been noted that not everyone has the cash to just pop out and buy new clubs.
A 10 year concessionary period is expected.
We are going to spend the next 10 years standing in the rough at our club and we will not go home until we hit at least 1 shot from the rough with back-spin....it could be a long 10 years!!!