Anonymous Pro: The new grooves are a night-and-day difference. I hit a chip to one green, and you could literally read the label on the ball it was spinning so little. We're going to have to use height and gravity instead of spin to stop shots. That's old school. I think the rule is going to be a good change. Square grooves spoiled us.
Bamberger: That's so true. More than ever before, players are technocrats. They've got everything so calibrated. You're right in their office with this change. It would be like our bosses saying, You guys write on Macs, but now you're going back to manual typewriters. How ya likin' it? Not so much.
Anonymous Pro: Before players adjust their distance control on flyer lies from the rough, marshals should issue hard hats to the fans.
Shipnuck: The biggest news is that the grooves change is a de facto rollback. Nike's Tom Stites told me that the guys who've switched to softer balls are losing about 10 yards off the tee.
Van Sickle: Wow! There are definitely going to be players moaning about that. At least I hope so.
Anonymous Pro: I'm not sure what to say about Tiger Woods. This is the first time he's been hit by a public-relations torpedo. His reputation took a huge hit, plus there's the devastating potential that his family could be disrupted.
Bamberger: The whole sexcapade thing will have no effect on Tiger's golf. He can block out distractions like nobody's business. Weird things motivate him, like Stephen Ames or Vijay's caddie calling him out. I think he'll use this to play hard and give us a big f-you by winning everything. He's not as good as he was in 2000, but in 2010—and for the next five years, at least—he's still the man to beat.
Shipnuck: Nobody is proud of what Tiger did, but in the continuum of bad celebrity behavior there has been much worse. Fans will forgive him, I think, and it'll be business as usual. If Tiger wins the Masters, it'll be as if nothing ever happened, for better or for worse.
Hack: For a guy who doesn't have one Nike thread out of place, this whole episode made Tiger seem ordinary, as fallible as the next guy.