Admit it. All this talk about grandfathered grooves and pre-1990 clubs has you thinking, doesn't it? You're not normally the kind of golfer who would go and bend a rule -- you're a stand-up sort, one who's on the up-and-up, square dealer, that sort of thing.
But every so often, you find yourself casting your eyes over toward the dark side of the street, wondering what it would be like to wander over there. What if you just decided to ... dabble in some nonconforming-but-technically-legal wedges? You know, hypothetically speaking. How much would it cost? Just for curiosity's sake, of course.
Here's the rub: it's less than you'd think.
Head on over to ebay and check out some of the pre-1990 Ping Eye 2 models which are, technically, still legal. Some will only set you back a few bucks; of course, those are the ones that look like they've been dragged behind someone's car. Others, which have "buy it now" prices in the high hundreds, look like they've been sitting in a garage for a couple decades now. And somebody heard the commotion about these Pings, decided to take a look at their own stash, and realized they had a grandfathered gem right there in their own dusty bag! You can imagine them thinking they've uncovered the golf equivalent of a Declaration of Independence in an attic. But the truth is, they're not exactly selling all that fast, mainly because nobody besides pros has to worry about this groove thang anytime soon.
Still, it might be worthwhile to go out and pick up a set just to be on the safe side -- you know, if you happen to qualify to play in the U.S. Open this summer. Don't be surprised, though, if "FIGJAM2010" snipes you on every bid. Whoever that guy is, he's buying up a ton of these things.
(A nod to Waggle Room, who I noticed after writing this -- dammit! -- had this idea before I did.)