Ted Bishop Wants "Grandfather Period" For Anchoring Ban
By mustang6560 on 1/13/14
According to Ryan Lavner, Ted Bishop wants the USGA to implement a "grandfather period", which will allow recreational amateur golfers to anchor after Rule 14-1b is enacted in 2016.
"This is in no way intended to reignite the debate on anchoring because we accept the USGA decision to invoke Rule 14-1b in 2016," he said in a statement. "We just want to ask the USGA to consider a grandfather period to give amateurs a longer period to make the appropriate transition."
The PGA of America President plans to make the pitch at the USGA Annual Meeting next month.

I expect (and hope) the USGA to listen to the idea, as the USGA grandfathered in the new groove rule for amateurs. But the groove rule wasn't as controversial as anchoring so don't hold your breath just yet.

h/t Golf Talk Central

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joe jones says:
Too little, too late. Amateurs will do what they want to do regardless of the ruling.Those that anchor their putter will continue to. I don't know about the rest of you nut I have yet to see a anchoring cop on or about my golf courses. As far as the rule Nazi's that may comment.
joe jones says:
They will be in the minority and should be told to P off.If the rule is in force for tournament play fine but those players are in the minority. By the way. Has anyone noticed how many pro's on all of the tours are still using. I don't know of many that have changed. Better hurry up. You must comply . The end of the anchoring world is rapidly approaching. You may be doomed to damnation.
Dusty23 says:
Anchorers still have two years to comply. How much grandfathering do you really need? Joe has it right too, recreational anchor putters will continue to use them regardless of the rules.
jasonfish11 says:
For about 18 months I used a belly putter. As far as "anchoring cops" they are out there. I cant tell you how many times I heard "isn't that illegal yet" or "I thought that is illegal now" when on the practice green.

I usually ignored them or responded with something like "yeah its just as illegal as the jeans you are wearing."

I happened to switch back to a conventional putter because the belly putter had no feel and I couldn't lag put.
mustang6560 says:
"I usually ignored them or responded with something like "yeah its just as illegal as the jeans you are wearing."

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