"Early data suggest it has had a chilling effect"
By mustang6560 on 2/28/13
E. Michael Johnson of GolfDigestix has the answer to the question we've all been wondering since the USGA and R&A announced their proposed ban on anchored putting — how did it affect long putter sales, and putter sales in general?
Early data suggest it has had a chilling effect. Sales of all putters in December fell 21.1 percent versus the same month in 2011, marking the largest decline in putter sales since Golf Datatech began tracking them in 1997.
I guess the conclusion here is that a large number of golfers in the market for a new putter are waiting until the debate is settled. The good news is the 90-comment period ends today, so we'll know the future of Rule 14-1b soon enough.

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[ comments ]
legitimatebeef says:
Hold me.
Dusty23 says:
Never buy a putter until you first have a chance to throw it
joe jones says:
The R & A and the USGA has said that the ruling should have little effect on the equipment manufacturers. Shows you how much they know but even worse how little they care.
theebdk says:
Of course I am waiting. Will probably not buy a long putter but want this settled first.
GolferAnt says:
who cares if equipment manufacturers don't sell as many putters. They got money. Don't they? As for regular players who cares? Your friend is not gonna mind you anchoring your putter
Kurt the Knife says:
I'd say the same for drivers. I can get 50-60 yards with my Callaway. We'll see how much more distance I might get with newer technology.
falcon50driver says:
Always throw the club in a sidearm, helicopter, manner, you're less likely to break the shaft than with the end over end procedure.
Never hit a tree with a club, at least one guy was killed when the clubhead came at him around the other side.
joe jones says:
Always throw a club toward the green. Saves you a few steps on the way to picking it up.
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