Hey, remember the groove rules? You know, the changes to wedges that wreaked all kinds of havoc in the pro game earlier this year? Robert Allenby flying greens, Phil Mickelson flaunting the PGA Tour, the whole bit. Well, guess what -- now you get to participate in the fun, too!
As of Jan. 1, 2011, new clubs will only be manufactured to the new standards -- meaning they'll have about 70 percent of the depth and size of the current grooves. So if you want to work with the old-school grooves to shape your shots, get to your local store and pick up some of the current model. (Yes, we received notice of this from golf retailer Golfsmith, but I'm sure there's no correlation. None at all.)
Anyway, it's not like you have to throw out your old clubs right away. If you're an amateur looking to play in a USGA tournament, you have until 2014 to make the switch. And if you're a regular hack-it-up dude, you've got until 2024 to switch in order to track your handicap legitimately. Golfsmith reports that its sales of high-spin wedges are up 22 percent over the first eight months of the year.
So, yeah, get on it and get yourself a new set of clubs. The holidays are coming, and unless your spouse is a golfer, you can totally freak 'em out with the THESE CLUBS WILL NEVER BE AVAILABLE AGAIN! pitch. Tell 'em Devil Ball says you need new clubs!