USGA Championships

Groove Condition
4-1/1 Condition Requiring Clubs Conforming with Groove and Punch Mark Specifications Effective January 1, 2010

A Committee that wishes to limit players to clubs manufactured with grooves and/or punch marks that conform to all aspects of the Rules of Golf that are effective from January 1, 2010, may adopt the condition of the competition detailed below.

The following link will provide clarification on if your irons/wedges conform to the USGA Groove Condition: USGA Groove Condition Site

Between January 1, 2010, and January 1, 2014, it is recommended that this condition of competition be adopted only for competitions involving the highest level or expert player. After January 1, 2014, this condition of competition may be adopted more widely (e.g. at the highest level of amateur golf), but it is recommended only for competitions involving expert players.

 “The player’s clubs must conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Rules of golf that are effective from January 1, 2010.

 *PENALTY FOR CARRYING, BUT NOT MAKING STROKE WITH, CUB OR CLUBS IN BREACH OF CONDITION:
 Match Play – At the conclusion of the hole at which the breach is discovered, the state of the match is adjusted by deducting one hole for each hole at which a breach occurred; maximum deduction per round – Two holes.
 Stroke Play – Two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred; maximum penalty per round – Four strokes.
 Match or stroke play – in the event of a breach between the play of two holes, the penalty applies to the next hole.
 Bogey and par competitions – See Note 1 to Rule 32-1a.
 Stableford competitions – See Note 1 to rule 32-1b.

 *Any club or clubs carried in breach of this condition must be declared out of play by the player to his opponent in match play or his marker or fellow-competitor in stroke play immediately upon discovery that a breach has occurred. If a player fails to do so, he is disqualified.

 PENALTY FOR MAKING A STROKE WITH CLUB IN BREACH OF CONDITION:  Disqualification

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