FAR HILLS, N.J. – 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).
In coordination with the January 1, 2014 implementation of the
Condition of Competition for expert amateur players, representatives from the
USGA will be available to answer questions and conduct club testing. An online
resource page on grooves, at www.usga.org/grooves, offers more details
on the Condition of Competition, Frequently Asked Questions, and a link to the
Informational Club Database, where players can see whether the clubs they play
with conform to the groove regulations.
In addition, the USGA has extended the Open Championship Player
Club Testing program to all players competing in elite amateur events. For
program details, players should visit www.usga.org/equipment/testing/InviteForOpenClubTesting/.