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Wedges are going to change, and the square grooved versions will be obsolete

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Did you know…wedges are going to change, and the square grooved versions will be obsolete?

Starting in 2010, all wedges will be required to conform to the smaller-grove specifications mandated by the USGA. No longer will club manufactures be allowed to use square grooves in the design of the most oft used club in your bags.

What exactly does this change mean with regard to spin rates, and, or trajectory of the ball? Will we still be able to suck the ball back, make it bite, or check up on demand?

The answer to these questions will probably remain a mystery until January 1, 2010, when the “new” designs start to hit the market. My guess is, top tour players will continue to hit those extraordinary shots they have always displayed, with little effect, or lack of control. In reality, they probably have prototypes in their hands, already testing the limits. Besides, being great is part of their job description.

In my opinion, engineers have a much tighter grasp on technology, construction models, and space-age materials, than ever before in history, and they will produce a wedge which react with nearly the same tolerences as they do today. That being said, the average amateur player probably wouldn’t ever notice the difference, had this change not been broadcast.

Science continues to be a large influence in the way golf is played. The combination of improved weight distrubution, areo-dynamics, head designs, shaft advancements, not to mention better golf balls, higher spin rate, dimple configurations make it difficult to conceive this rules change will have much effect for any player.

Wedges are going to change, and the square grooved versions will be obsolete

Armed with the knowledge of this change, it may give the “whiners” yet another alibi for shanking one into the trees, or skulling a rocket over your heads. But alas, these are the same scapegoats as usual, only with different grooves.

If you can spin the ball now, control your shot trajectory, move the ball in the direction you desire, I suspect you will be able to do so come 2010. The rest of us will admire and loathe you.

If history is any indication, club manufacturers, and their engineers will figure this one out.