The USGA has announced a significant change to the Rules of Golf regarding grooves on clubs effective January 1, 2010. New specifications regarding “v” grooves have been adopted by the USGA, and players must conform to the new rule if the Committee in charge of the competition incorporates the new specifications in its Conditions.
That being said, the USGA will adopt this Condition of Competition, requiring the use of clubs with grooves that conform to the specifications in Appendix II, at each of its three Open Championships in 2010, including the U.S. Women’s Open Championship. Although the USGA will not use this Condition at local qualifying, beginning in 2010, there will be NO local qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open, only sectional qualifying. The new rules regarding “v” grooves will be enforced at all U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifying.
For further information, go the the USGA website and read the
Q & A about the new club specifications for grooves.
There will be two sectional qualifying sites in Southern California in 2010. Each site will be limited to 78 competitors to accomodate the 36 holes required to determine the qualifers who will play in the U.S Women’s Open (at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania on July 8-11, 2010.)
If you anticipate attempting to qualify for the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open, carefully review this information and have your clubs evaluated prior to the sectional qualifying dates.