All is right again in the world of golf.
By mustang6560 on 11/28/12
It's official — the USGA and R&A banned anchored putting.
The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA), golf's governing bodies, today announced proposed changes to the Rules of Golf that would prohibit anchoring the club in making a stroke.

The proposed Rule 14-1b, which follows an extensive review by The R&A and the USGA, would prohibit strokes made with the club or a hand gripping the club held directly against the player's body, or with a forearm held against the body to establish an anchor point that indirectly anchors the club.

The proposed new Rule would not alter current equipment rules and would allow the continued use of all conforming golf clubs, including belly-length and long putters, provided such clubs are not anchored during a stroke. The proposed Rule narrowly targets only a few types of strokes, while preserving a golfer's ability to play a wide variety of strokes in his or her individual style.

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birdieXris says:
so, i've developed a putting stroke where i tuck my elbows into my sternum to promote a large muscle turn and take my forearms and wrists out of it..... i guess i have to find a new way of doing it because that's anchoring?
11/28/12
 
GolfSmith7 says:
@birdieXris check this out www.golfdigest.com/golf-instruction/2012-11/phot it shows what is allowed and not allowed via pictures!
11/28/12
 
GBogey says:
@birdie - no, golfchannel.com has a graphic of what is allowed and not allowed. Simply put, anchoring club against body is banned, anchoring body parts or even anchoring the against the grip is not.
11/28/12
 
GBogey says:
See link www.golfchannel.com/news/golftalkcentral/usga-and-r-and-a-graphic-explanation-of-anchored-putting/
11/28/12
 
Matt McGee says:
... and the Web.com tour would like to welcome Mr. Adam Scott.
11/28/12
 
bkuehn1952 says:
I wonder how many of the USGA officials that made this decision own or use a long or belly putter. Probably none if they are the traditionalists they appear to be.
11/28/12
 
falcon50driver says:
What if your putter looks like an anchor?
11/28/12
 
bkuehn1952 says:
"What if your putter looks like an anchor?" - sorry, not traditional enough - banned.
11/28/12
 
dottomm says:
@ Matt McGee. Thank you. That was funny!
11/28/12
 
Bryan K says:
For the record, the putters themselves are not banned. It's the act of anchoring that is banned. And that makes this even more ridiculous than it already was. Will the USGA finally do something that doesn't transcend the laws of reason and logic? I would understand it if they banned the equipment. But now. They actually had to ban a certain way to make a stroke. I don't think I've ever encountered an organization that is more full of blatant idiots than the USGA.
11/28/12
 
Wes11point5 says:
I am going to develop a putter with an anchor insignia.
11/28/12
 
legitimatebeef says:
Get ready for months if not years of weeping and gnashing of teeth.
11/28/12
 
joe jones says:
Confusion reigns supreme. I await all of the various methods that will claim to be conforming. The only thing this did was create a new position for rules officials at tournaments . Anchoring judges to see if players are breaking the rule.What a waste of time and effort over nothing. The traditionalists wanted to get rid what they feel are ugly clubs. Guess what. The clubs are still here and still ugly.Much ado about nothing.
11/28/12
 
Ianinho says:
Might not be going down well for some, but I think they got it right. Pressure/nerves is part of the game and as pointed out before an anchor makes it easy to make a stroke under pressure. As tiger said, "the art of putting is swinging the club and controlling nerves".
11/28/12
 
...the Murseless says:
Three years from now, I'm going out and buying a belly putter. This is a rule that needs to be ignored where it can be.
11/28/12
 
joe jones says:
I have putted side saddle with a long putter since 1970. I can't tell you how many times uninformed players have accused me of using an illegal stroke. When I point out that my stroke is perfectly legal some still have doubts. They confuse side saddle with the croquet method which is illegal. I do not anchor anything. My hands are the only thing that contacts the grip. Under the new rule it is legal. Fair warning. The first time some idiot accuses me of being non conforming I will knock him on his fanny. If you listen to the poo bahs and experts commenting there is still a great deal of misunderstanding the rule.
11/28/12
 
mustang6560 says:
"The first time some idiot accuses me of being non conforming I will knock him on his fanny."

I don't like to see you like this, Joe.
11/28/12
 
windowsurfer says:
"I don't like to see you like this, Joe." That sounds like Thomas Hudson and Roger, after Roger puts the beating on the rich guy from the yacht. (Islands in the Stream.)
11/28/12
 
joe jones says:
I apologize. Chalk it up to a grumpy old fart that has been bugged for years by totally clueless experts that should do some research before they open their yaps.They remind me of 30 handicappers that offer unsolicited advice to everyone.
11/29/12
 
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