PGA Tour Accepts Ban on Anchored Putting
By mustang6560 on 7/2/13
As expected, the PGA Tour Policy Board announced yesterday that the PGA Tour will apply Rule 14-1b starting January 1, 2016.
"In making its decision, the Policy Board recognized that there are still varying opinions among our membership, but ultimately concluded that while it is an important issue, a ban on anchored strokes would not fundamentally affect a strong presentation of our competitions or the overall success of the PGA TOUR," PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem said.Your move, Tim Clark.
Like the groove change, the Policy Board is pushing to extend the adoption timeline for amateur players.
"The Policy Board continues to believe that extending the time period the ban would go into effect for amateurs would be beneficial for golf participation and the overall health of the game," Finchem added.
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Ladies and Gentlemen... START YOUR LAWSUITS
I feel bad for all the pros who need to switch, but I don't understand Tim Clark's medical case. I can't fathom how he can swing driver, woods, irons, etc. with his condition but is going to claims he can't putt without the long putter. Don't get me wrong, he has used it for a LOOOONG time and the switch will be tough, but I just don't understand the physics of the argument. 100MPH driver swing without forearm rotation? No sweat. Slow, 6 inch putting stroke, can't do it.
Good, can't wait. Also, don't feel bad for 'em.
I'm on both sides of this issue. I have been using a long putter for 26 years, I switched to it three months after I started playing the game. I clearly understand that the USGA would regulate the stroke of any club including the putter on the tour, but it makes no sense to me why it took them so long to realize it's a problem and why they feel the need to regulate it for amateurs. They could very easily allow amateurs to use whatever putter and stroke they see fit and not hurt the integrity of the game. The whole "unfair advantage" argument is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. If it was an advantage to the masses you better believe the masses would be using it. All you have to do is look at the strokes gained putting stat on the tour and see that not one player in the top 20 uses an anchored stroke, so where exactly is the "unfair advantage". Adam Scott is probably the most famous to use an anchored stroke and he is ranked 101 in putting as of today.
joe jones says:
Most recreational golfers will ignore the ban even if they have a USGA handicap.A low percentage of them play in USGA events so it is a non issue. I putt side saddle and don't anchor but I have been asked many times how I am going to change when the ban goes into effect. I am trying to decide whether I will just tell them to piss off or whether I should just knock them on their fannies.
joe jones says:
Jrbizzle. Tim Clark talked about his physical handicap years before the ban. I'm sure he understands his situation very well. If he gets a good attorney that specializes in handicap litigation he should go for it. What does he have to lose.
Matt McGee says:
I'll just be glad when this is no longer the subject of debate. I think every possible point on the subject has been made a few hundred times. That's probably enough.
Very simple. Let's get back to tradition. Golf is supposed to be a beautiful game in the outdoors. Too much technology has perverted today's game. I'm not saying let's go back to Featheries and hickory shafts, but let's get away from "bomb and gouge" and bring precision back to golf. Let's look at the rule book, plain and simple, 'a swing is not to be anchored'.
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