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At some point we need to change the gear, as that is easier than changing the courses.
It's not a situation that is unique to golf.
Clubs and balls need to be in somewhat correlation to the track.
I should not be driving greens on 315 yd par 4's. Yes it's exciting, but I never use mid irons on many courses any more.
I played Saturday and never touched the 5 or 6 iron.
The reason I think the single digit guys will be hurt the most is that they are good enough to take full advantage of the current grooves from out of the rough. No doubt the current grooves are a big advantage to the single digit player.
There is no good way to adjust to a ball coming out of the rough with substantially less spin with V-grooves. If you hit it in the rough you will drop strokes, its as simple as that. From the rough you will be much less likely to land the ball on the green and stop it. You will also have a much more difficult time controlling carry distances from out of the rough.
Something else I just though of. For the casual golfer who shoots 120 on any given day and struggles to get the ball airborn to begin with. What will the effect be on this player's ability to get the ball airborn with V-grooves and reduced spin? Won't the rolled back grooves hurt this player who does not make solid contact or chunks many of his shots? Will this player get frustrated with the game and give it up? I would think any fat shot would be made even worse with V-grooves. Just a thought.
... I talked to a PING rep this morning ... he also said the 2024 deadline is FAR from final and this may get pushed even more or abolished altogether.
Have any of you who are doing all the bitching actually played a single stroke with clubs conforming to the new grooves???? I have, and it made absolutely no difference in my game or how well I scored. My current handicap index is 11.3, and using new grooves or old grooves hasn't made any difference at all. All this griping and panic is very premature.