Condition of Competition for Grooves and/or Punch Marks
(Updated January 2018)
Click here for the USGA's informational club database.
Also, please read this article on PGALinks.
During the following Carolinas PGA tournaments, 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:
- Head Professional Championship / PGA Tour RBC Heritage Member Qualifying
- CPGA Assistant Professional Championship
- CPGA Senior Professional Championship
- CPGA Professional Championship
The condition will not apply to other CPGA majors, pro-ams, senior events, member qualifiers for the PGA Tour, and other miscellaneous events.
The Section’s Tournament Committee will be reviewing this position on an annual basis.
In 2018, the PGA of America will again use the condition of competition for the PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship, and Grand Slam of Golf. The condition will also be in effect at the three PGA Member National Championships (PGA PNC, Senior PNC, and Assistant PNC), the PGA Tournament Series, the PGA Junior Series, and the PGA Junior Championship. The condition of competition will not be in effect for the PGA of America Member Winter Championship.
The PGA Tour (including the Champions and Web.com Tours), European PGA Tour, other members of the International Federation of PGA Tours, and the LPGA has adopted this condition of competition at all tournaments beginning in 2017. The condition applies to PGA Tour, Web.com Tour, and Champions Tour Monday (event) qualifiers; however, at Thursday pre-qualifiers, the condition will not be in effect.
The condition of competition is in effect for all USGA qualifying events (beginning in 2014) including U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Amateur Public Links, U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, U.S. Women's Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur, U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, U.S. Senior Amateur, U.S. Senior Women's Amateur, U.S. Junior Amateur, U.S. Girls' Junior, U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball. Players who wish to compete in the above USGA competitions including local and sectional qualifying must have equipment that conforms to the new grooves specifications.