- Aug 29, 2006
And all this because Arnold Palmer is upset that the game is played in a different way these days thanks to the equipment???
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And, you see, this rumor is so much different than what happened between Karsten and the PGA. (That's what's scary about this rumor!) After the USGA had been petitioned to make Karsten's grooves non-conforming, their research could/would not do so. The complete issue had to do with an interpretation of the, then existent, groove rules and how one performed the measurement between grooves. Was the measurement to be taken from top or radius to top of radius or from between the vertical planes of two adjacent groove sidewalls. (Sorry, probably lost some on that dizzy explanation.) When the USGA said they would not interpret the measuring protocol as Nicklaus wanted them to interpret it, JN petitioned the PGA. The PGA... not at that time, or since, in the business of deeming confroming vs. non-conforming... ruled Ping's grooves non-conforming and as of that date could no longer be used in PGA events. No other OEM was named. The PGA virtually was putting Karsten out of business since any professional playing his clubs immediately would have to change. The resulting publicity would close his doors. This seemed... and in some of our minds was... a vendetta to eliminate a competitor of MacGregor (of which Nicklaus was a major owner). Karsten had no choice but to seek an injunction against the PGA and the resulting 3-year court battle was on.Dammit Limp you took the wind out of my sails, I was going to comment on the fact that the only good thing Ping ever did was sue in a case like this, and you went and blabbed it before I could poke more fun at WBL.:laugh:
Come on now, I know you will be buying some new irons by 2009.
I think I'm just bitter about how these ex-players and administrators keep saying how 'easy' the game has become with new technology.
The last time I slogged around 18 holes I can't remember the word 'easy' coming into any aspect of it...