By The Modern Golfer
August 9, 2010

Are you tired of hearing about the new groove rules? You shouldn’t be, and I’ll tell you why. With just a few months left in 2010, your chance to get aggressively-grooved irons and wedges is running out. Irons? Yes! Any club with a loft of over 25° is in danger of being changed, so club manufacturers are making their final runs of the “good” clubs this year. You might think of the 2024 date that’s been floated around, but remember that club makers want to minimize inventory and streamline their processes, so if they can make a single type of iron set instead of different versions, then they pocket more cash. This means you need to get new irons NOW instead of waiting…until you have nothing to choose but “V” groove irons and wedges.

What’s the rush?

Current grooves are deep, sharp and effective. Future grooves will be shallow, smooth and less effective. The difference is obvious: for pros the change won’t matter, especially since they get free sets whenever they want, but for you and me our choices will be limited and the game made that much harder. Fortunately many golf clubs currently available were built before the cutoff date required by manufacturers, so you can still get sticks with good grooves. And since the club makers have so much invested in R&D and overhead, they’re going to bring the groove changes to the other irons in the set. So it’s not just wedges. And at the end of 2010 your choices will be limited to “conforming clubs”, so if you have old clubs you better put them on eBay and order yourself a new set! Read this article for details: USGA Wedge Rule Change, How Does it Affect You?

Irons? Yes, not just wedges.

While most of the focus has been on wedges, the truth is that any club over 25° is fair game. If you think about your iron set it’s pretty obvious that most of your clubs are in trouble. I’m not trying to scare you into buying — in fact, I’m helping you out! Since much of the press has focused on wedges, very little could be given to irons. But we all know that future sets will be conforming, with less aggressive grooves and more Tour-spec’d features. That’s great for PGA golf Pros , but the other 98% of golfers are left with clubs that are harder to play and more expensive.

Which ones to buy?

Look for clubs that are built in 2009 or 2010. Those will have the best grooves you can get, but make sure they’re not “conforming” or “condition of competition” clubs. We carry a large selection of irons and wedges that you can buy now that can be used long into the future because they’re grandfathered in. If you want to be sure, check out the USGA informational club database http://www.usga.org/InfoClubsDB/intro.html . There you can check to see if your current clubs, the ones you will buy, meet the groove rules standards.

Every little but counts.

Give yourself every advantage. Your iron set is arguably the most important part of your club set. With the majority of shots from irons and wedges, you want to be sure you have the edge — literally in this case! Please browse our discount golf website for great deals on golf clubs, and remember that you can also order by phone and talk with golf experts about the groove rules and how they effect your game.

Posted in Golf Clubs, Groove Rules, Irons Sets

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