The USGA Said, Everybody Else Is Saying...
By Torleif Sorenson on 5/21/13
Earlier today, we told you about the USGA and R&A's adoption of Rule 14-1b. Back in November, Nathan also posted an info-graphic from the USGA. We also brought you the recent (and angry) reaction by PGA of America president Ted Bishop. The PGA released this statement in response to the USGA's ruling:
"We are disappointed with this outcome. As we have said publicly and repeatedly during the comment period, we do not believe 14‐1b is in the best interest of recreational golfers and we are concerned about the negative impact it may have on both the enjoyment and growth of the game.Growing the game is one of the fundamental purposes of The PGA of America.

"Although we do not agree with the decision, we applaud the USGA for its willingness to listen to our concerns and engage in meaningful discussions. In our opinion and based on our experience,the USGA treated the comment period for what it was intended to be ‐‐ a time to exchange opinions, concerns and
potential solutions.

"At this point in time, The PGA will digest the USGA and R&A's decision to proceed with Rule 14‐1b and discuss this matter with our Board of Directors, PGA Sections and, of course, our 27,000 PGA Professionals throughout the country. Our Board will convene in late June during our PGA Professional National Championship and at that time, we will decide how best to proceed. In addition, we will continue to confer with the PGA Tour as they similarly digest this information."
The other reactions in the Twitter-verse are wide-ranging:










Meanwhile, the PGA Tour posted this statement on their web site:
"We will now begin our process to ascertain whether the various provisions of Rule 14-1b will be implemented in our competitions and, if so, examine the process for implementation.

"In this regard, over the next month we will engage in discussions with our Player Advisory Council and Policy Board members.

"We will announce our position regarding the application of Rule 14-1b to our competitions upon conclusion of our process and we will have no further comment on the matter until that time."
Among those anchorers who has been silent on Twitter is Keegan Bradley.

So now, let the joy and unmitigated rage come forth.


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legitimatebeef says:
Well here on Oob its nothing but the sound of crickets. And that is why the Oob is swell. Probably the biggest policy-based change in our golf lifetimes and the level of Oob response is about on par with one of Nathan's Tiger-Lindsey "scuttlebutt" posts.
5/21/13
 
bducharm says:
Huh? Did someone say something???
5/21/13
 
Kurt the Knife says:
nothing to do here
5/21/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
I will be sad if this is the biggest policy based change in golf in my life time. If that is true I see a lot of 5-6 hour rounds a head of me. :(
5/21/13
 
GBogey says:
I play a number of different public courses and my observation is that 90%+ of golfers don't anchor. The few that I know who do say they will keep doing so. I find it hard to believe that an avid golfer is not going to play because of this rule. To me this is primarily an issue for competitive golf only.
5/21/13
 
GBogey says:
I play a number of different public courses and my observation is that 90%+ of golfers don't anchor. The few that I know who do say they will keep doing so. I find it hard to believe that an avid golfer is not going to play because of this rule. To me this is primarily an issue for competitive golf only.
5/21/13
 
legitimatebeef says:
Beth Daniel, how is "the art of ball striking" one of the problems with golf today? Twitter is one of the worst things to ever happen to the English language and discourse in general. I don't know who this Mrs Daniel is except for captaining one of those "2 teams 1 cup" matches and frankly I don't need the likes of her in my life, but unfortunately this illiterate "tweet" of hers is now stuck in my craw and I'm angry about stuff. Forget anchoring, we need to discuss literacy and the decline of communication skills among golf pros. Arron Oberholser surely you can do a little better than communicating with sentence fragments and the word "cuz". Is that even the right usage of a hashtag? Dude, aren't you like, a broadcaster?
5/21/13
 
Wes11point5 says:
What percentage of tournaments have been won in the last 10 years with the anchored putters? I would posit it is a smaller percentage than those won by regular putters. Considering how long these putters have been around, this sudden hubbub about their use is just a bunch of BS.
5/21/13
 
mantajim says:
My concern is for the recreational golfer, who for what ever reason has gone to an anchored putter. (bad back, yips etc.) Do they now feel like they're going to be cheating if they continue to use it? Will they quit? some will. You may laugh at that, but if you're in your 70's with a not so good back, it might be the last straw. So, I find several statements in the USGA announcement quite laughable. "We appreciate the support you provide in helping us lead the game toward a SUSTAINABLE future. Your membership bolsters the critical mission of the USGA in many important ways and has helped to make THE GAME MORE ENJOYABLE FOR GOLFERS OF ALL AGES AND SKILL LEVELS."
"Sad day for the growth of golf. No matter where you stand on the ban, this doesn't help grow the game." Tim Mickelson, coach, Arizona State University.
5/21/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
Can we give beef his own clubhouse? I really enjoy reading his rants. #CUZ (I dont know if I used that right I dont have a twitter account).
5/21/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
"We are doing what we think is right for the long-term benefit of the game for all golfers, and we just can't write them for one group of small elite players," said Mike Davis, the USGA's executive director on the PGA Tour's decision to go against the ban.

Wait there is a tour of good midget golfers? Why is this not on TV. That would be awesome. Do they ban standard length clubs.
5/21/13
 
jrbizzle says:
The ban of anchoring does nothing to drive away people with bad backs. They can still use a long putter and stand upright, they jut can not anchor it to their sternum.
5/22/13
 
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