In the current Golf World, E. Michael Johnson writes that nearly 80 percent of the field at the Pods Championship carried a 60-degree wedge and that only Mathew Goggin and Rocco Mediate had a 56-degree as their highest-lofted wedge.
And he writes:
Still, though some players on the PGA Tour are using wedges as lofty as 64 degrees (including Peter Lonard and D.J. Trahan at the PODS), not everyone is drawn to higher lofts. On the LPGA Tour, for example, only 36 percent of players at the HSBC Champions had a 60-degree wedge, while 18 percent percent had a 56-degree as their highest-lofted wedge, including Lorena Ochoa and Se Ri Pak.
Should the USGA ever consider a limit on lofts, players such as Ochoa and Pak will have a head start -- and those with 60-degree wedges will have to learn a bunch of new shots.
During my work on a couple of recent stories, several players mentioned the outlawing of the 60 degree wedge. Now, it's one thing to at least argue about grooves and their impact, but how can loft ever be something that is banned? If someone wants to use a 70 degree wedge or a 5 degree driver, why wouldn't they be allowed to do that?
I don't sense the USGA and R&A are considering it, but just the idea of it always amazes me. Thoughts?