As part of a continuing commitment to inform and
educate on the Rules of Golf, the United States Golf Association is making
several resources available to assist expert amateurs in complying with amended
golf club groove regulations as a Condition of Competition at all USGA amateur
championships and qualifying events. As of January 1, all competitors’ clubs
must conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Rules of Golf.
The amended groove
regulations, which apply to all clubs except drivers and putters, were first introduced
as a Condition of Competition by the USGA for its three Open championships,
effective January 1, 2010. As previously announced, it was recommended that
this Condition of Competition be adopted as of January 1, 2014 only for
competitions involving expert players at the highest level of amateur golf (See
Decision 4-1/1 of the Decisions on the Rules of Golf).