What was the point of the groove rule? Manufacturers were forced to change the way they make wedges, for what? To make the game harder for a handful of long hitting pros, or was it something else?
You said that the groove rule was "a joke." And I am asking why you think it was a joke. I presumed that it was more to you, than just an initiative that you disagreed with. Or, maybe that is all it is. But you said it was "a joke," and I am asking why it was a "joke."
Changing a rule for maufacturers and millions of players because you don't like the style of play from a handful of pros is a joke. Clear enough for you?
Uh, okay. So you disagree. Got it. The USGA has boxes of data on how different wedges spin. But what was the problem with "changing a rule for manufacturers and millions of players"? No one basically got forced into buying anything new. Manufacturers had plenty of time to change.
And it isn't about "a handful of pros." It has been phased in carefully to cover all of elite-level golf. So you're wrong about that.
I disagree with you. Does that make you "a joke"?
So in other words you don't have any reason for the rule, or have failed to mention it, other than the one I mentioned. Not surprised.
What exactly did the rule accomplish?
And of course I said the rule as a joke, not the USGA or Mike Davis is a joke, but you turn around say "Does that make you a joke" because you disagree with me. That is exactly the type of response I expect from the USGA.
No; what is clear is that you think that the groove rule didn't produce any of its intended results. That is your opinion. And that is fine. Have you asked the USGA; "Did the groove rule fail to work out as you intended?"
But that is all that you have. I am pointing out that the groove rule was based on real spin data. There was a real difference in groove and spin performance. I think that the USGA is quite satisfied that they did the right thing. You can disagree. Again, it's fine.
But again I press you on the fact that you asserted that the rule was "a joke" and somehow indicative of USGA incompetence. As if your disagreement with them made it "a joke."
The rule was put into practice very nicely and according to plan. In no way was it "a joke."