Golf Rules: Are you allowed to have irons with NO GROOVES?

Not that you would want an iron without any grooves, but are you allowed?

Matt Chivers's picture
Sun, 14 Nov 2021
Golf Rules: Are you allowed to have irons with NO GROOVES?

We have seen many golf clubs over the years posted on social media that have either been conforming or non-conforming.

Most recently, we saw a picture posted that featured a driver with a hole in the head and there was a question as to whether this was a design that is allowed.

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As we learned, you are only allowed putters with holes in the head and not drivers, woods or irons. And now, we have found another club that poses a similar question.

In this post below by golfrules_questions, we see a club that has no grooves. Yes, you read that correctly. In the picture, there is a golf club with no grooves.

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Grooves are an extremely important part of the golf club. They help to increase the spin rate and control over your ball flight. Grooves are often seen as a feature where different golf companies can gain an edge in iron production.

Although you wouldn't want a club without any grooves, the question is: Are you allowed to use a club without any grooves? Is this a conforming feature of the iron?

The answer is yes. Grooves are just an addition made by club manufacturers. You are allowed to use a club without grooves as they don't have to be carved into the clubfaces.

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An iron is allowed to be made with a smooth face such as the one in the image. But personally, I am yet to see a club like this and nor would I want to use a club like this. 

It would certainly be interesting to see a comparison between a smooth-faced club and a normal club with grooves. But if you do hit a club with no grooves, don't be surprised if it doesn't rip back 10 feet on the putting surface.

 

 

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