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A groovey new season awaits

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Grooves, grooves, grooves.

Get ready to read and hear a lot about them in the coming new year.

The equipment rule change taking effect with next week’s start of the new PGA Tour season at the SBS Championship in Kapalua is of interest to more than today's PGA Tour pros. Yesterday's top players are curious to see whether the game will look any more like the game they played, where missed fairways and greens were more severely punished.

During the Shark Shootout in Naples, three-time major championship winner Nick Price said he was interested in seeing how much a generation of young players who have relied on a bomb-and-gouge style will have to adjust. Industry experts have estimated that pros playing the traditional V-groove design will only get about half as much spin from shots from the rough as they got playing the U or square grooves.

“I think the days of finishing 180th in driving accuracy and winning four or five tournaments are over, I really do,” Price said.