Players not anxious to try new grooves


AKRON, Ohio – As promised, the PGA Tour has started its push for players to begin the transition to new grooves in their irons and, as expected, the going is slow.

Officials set up a testing location on Firestone’s West Course this week but, according to one longtime equipment representative, there have been few players who have taken advantage of the service.

Tour players, like college students, have a tendency to wait until the last minute to do anything and the Tour and U.S. Golf Association plan to set up testing centers at next month’s BMW Championship and during Fall Series events in New York, Arizona, Mississippi and Florida.

“Shag Bag” also heard rumors the Sunshine Tour in South Africa may push back the deadline to implement the new rule because their season runs through December and January and some developmental tours are also considering pushing back implementation.

When it comes to grooves, it seems the devil is in the details.