Wednesday, August 12

Lee Westwood: ‘I’m All for the Groove Change’

A SNIPPET FROM LEE WESTWOOD’S media conference on Wednesday at the PGA Championship.

Q. This is the last square-groove major that will be played. You know the setup at the four major sites on an annual basis. Could you go through Augusta, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA and how the square groove changes will impact, typically would impact each of those events? I know the golf courses will differ year-to-year except for Augusta, but how will each one be impacted by square grooves?

LEE WESTWOOD: Well, I won’t go through all of them, but I will say that the more technically gifted chippers and pitchers of the golf ball will still be the best chippers and pitchers of the golf ball with the groove change. Phil Mickelson will still have a fantastic short game. There will be certain shots he won’t be allowed to play because of the technology. But generally, you won’t see the low-spinning one quite as much. You’ll see players having to stop it more with flight than the low checky one. And when you get in the rough around the greens, it will be a little harder. I’m all for the groove change because I don't miss too many greens on the stats. I tend to be pretty good tee-to-green. It’s the people that miss a lot of fairways and a lot of greens that are going to suffer more.

−The Armchair Golfer

2 comments :

Vince Spence said...

This issue would die by February of 2010 if the club manufacturers would stop crying and stop trying to circumvent the restrictions and the overall 'intent' of the restrictions.

I see lawsuits in the USGA's future...

Randy Beckett said...

I disagree, this issue will die when the press stops talking about it.