Sub Nine

It’s been a good start to the year on the golf course and my handicap is under nine for the first time.

A Swing in the Right Direction

As a member of the Golf Association of Michigan, I get to post my scores in their USGA handicap system, which updates twice a month.


So far it’s been one of those summers where my golf game feels like it’s close. Over the last few weeks I’ve been dialing things in, but a few bad shots each round really cost me. Here’s to hoping I can clean up those mistakes and get back to single digits like last October, especially with a good start by shooting 79 today.

Single Digit Handicap

It’s been a great summer for golf in Michigan and I’ll probably end up playing more holes than I have since 2012. I’ve started to find a more consistent swing and have learned better course management, which has resulted in one of my best scoring years. I’m excited to see that my official USGA handicap dropped to single digits for the first time with a 9.7! Does this golf season have to end?


New Wedges, Large Grooves

The most important clubs in my bag are my wedges. I have plenty of length off the tee (when I can keep the ball in or near the fairway), so I hit some type of wedge an my approach to most par 4s, tee off with a wedge on short par 3s, and I do all of my chipping with wedges. Even when I’m not scoring well, my scoring clubs get a lot of use.

At the beginning of last year I bought a new set of irons with matching wedges. I’ve played over 3000 holes of golf with that set, which can wear out the grooves. Worn out grooves impact less spin, making it harder to stop the ball on the green. I’ve been thinking about picking up some new wedges to help my game.

Every year I try to get down to the King Par SuperStore for their tent sale. Today was that day. There was a good deal on these Cleveland CG14s and they felt great on the driving range. I picked up a 52°, 56°, and 60° for $60/each to replace my AW, SW, and LW.

The nice thing about these wedges are the large grooves, which help to get even more spin on the ball. Due to a 2010 USGA groove restriction, golf club manufacturers are not making grooves this big anymore because the pros can’t use them. Good thing I’m not a pro. As an amateur, I can legally play the outlawed grooves until at least 2024.

Conforming Driver Heads

As the governing bodies of golf, The R&A and USGA make all of the rules. They decide when you can move your ball, when you receive a penalty stroke, and everything else imaginable. With the recent advances in golf technology, there has been a lot of discussion about which drivers are allowed. Both the R&A and the USGA have no released lists of which drivers conform to their standards.

So the next time your golfing buddy questions your mammoth drives, point him to the following pages.

USGA Conforming Drivers
R&A Conforming Drivers