USGA Shoots Down PGA's 'Grandfathering' Idea
By Torleif Sorenson on 3/5/14
Back in January, Nathan told you about a proposal by PGA of America president Ted Bishop and PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem to have the USGA authorize a "grandfather period," allowing recreational amateur golfers to anchor after Rule 14-1b is enacted in 2016. And while the USGA has not said anything on their web site...

...word from the PGA of America is that the request has been denied. Bishop then sent the following letter to the over 20,600 members of the PGA:
"I am writing to inform you that the United States Golf Association (USGA) has decided not to extend the implementation date of Rule 14-1b (anchoring) for amateur golfers beyond Jan. 1, 2016. Last month at the USGA Annual Meeting in Pinehurst, N.C., PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and I outlined our proposal for a 'grandfather' period.

"Both the PGA of America and the PGA TOUR have consistently shared strong feelings about this matter with the USGA and we appreciated the opportunity to formally present our views before the USGA's full Executive Committee.

"While we are disappointed with the USGA's decision not to extend the implementation date beyond Jan. 1, 2016, I know that all PGA Professionals are committed to helping amateur players choose a permissible putting stroke that will help them continue to enjoy the game well into the future.

"Indeed, PGA Professionals go to work every day knowing that we are the most respected instructors in the game. This is a new challenge and opportunity that we will embrace, and along with helping PGA TOUR players, we will assist golfers of all abilities in advance of the implementation date of Rule 14-1b.

"Finally, we believe that one of the profound outcomes that emerged from the discussion of 'anchoring,' is that both the PGA of America and the PGA TOUR have a more meaningful seat at the Rules table for future decisions affecting the game. We strongly believe that such enhanced communication among our respected organizations is essential to the long-term viability of golf."
According to the PGA of America, Bishop's request was not intended to reignite the anchoring debate and that the PGA of America had accepted the USGA decision to invoke Rule 14-1b in 2016. Bishop said he hoped that the USGA would give amateurs a longer period to make the transition.

So, the die has been cast. The horse has left the barn. Hannibal has crossed the Alps.

One question for you readers is this: Do you feel that Bishop and Finchem have succeeded in any way in having more influence with the USGA?


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[ comments ]
legitimatebeef says:
The idea that either of these two necktied scumbags might have even the tiniest shred of influence over the way the actual game is played out on the course is depressing as hell.
3/5/14
 
jcstoll says:
Is it conceivable that a course might establish a local rule that allows anchoring?
3/5/14
 
slimpks1850 says:
My take is - the faster anchoring is gone the better. Regardless of crusty rich man # 1 or # 2.
3/5/14
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
You're as subtle as ever, Beef...   :-P
3/5/14
 
DougE says:
Torleif, I am trying to be subtle too. Please answer this post:
www.oobgolf.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=6076&e894
Some members are getting restless, of which I am one.
3/5/14
 
Dusty23 says:
To the subject of the article. People who play in "sanctioned" events, leagues, etc. are the ones who will have to conform. The recreational player is going to do whatever he wants to do and only when he tries to participate in a "sanctioned" will he have to deal with whether he has conformed or not.
To DougE's point, answer the man.
3/5/14
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
DougE: Done - and the "flag has been raised."
3/5/14
 
joe jones says:
As one who uses a long putter and DOES NOT ANCHOR I can tell you that there has been a significant reduction of long putters in my community. I can also tell you that retailers like Vans, Golfsmith etc no longer carry a viable selection of long or belly putters. It seems that they have given up the ghost so to speak. I bought a Ping 48" center shafted pickmeup putter that a few months ago retailed for $249 for $39.99 used in perfect condition. Nothing wrong with my old Leading Edge or my famous "Big Ugly" home made that is 44 years old. Just a chance to try something newer.My dedicated fellow broomstick users will continue to anchor and the hell with the farts at the USGA and the Royal and Ancient.The rules Nazis can howl all they want. Won't make no matter, no how!
3/5/14
 
blackhawk says:
I have played in the past with other recreational golfers who suffer from Parkinson's or have slight nervous disorders. To take away options that facilitate their enjoyment of the game is absurd. Adopt certain criteria for upper level competition and leave everyone else alone. Baseball does that with aluminum bats.
3/6/14
 
jasonfish11 says:
I have Parkinson's but only when putting from inside 5'. At least that is how it feels. I'm certain Michael j fox would make fun of my yipps
3/6/14
 
joe jones says:
Sorry. From one who knows. Not a laughing matter.
3/6/14
 
jasonfish11 says:
Michael j fox disagrees. His entire new show is jokes about Parkinson's. Guess its different for everyone. Just lump me in with Ellington.
3/6/14
 
joe jones says:
Jason. I was referring to the yips being not funny not Parkinson's.
3/7/14
 
jasonfish11 says:
Ok. As a 30 year old who has bad yipps and know they will probably only get worse. All I have is to joke about them
3/7/14
 
joe jones says:
Jason. Don't dispair. Bernhard Langer has survived 3 cases of the yips and has been a winner for his whole career.He tried every grip known to mankind and in my mind is one of the great putters of all time just because was able to fight them off. I went to side saddle in 1970 because of what I felt at the time was the worst case of yips ever. My wife and I have been married for 50 years but the closest we ever came to parting was because of the damn putting yips. She said I was a miserable SOB to live with and she was right. Every one who goes through this affliction has to find his own solution. I wish I could suggest a solution but I can't. Just don't give up. I feel it is just a matter of confidence but that is just a guess on my part.
3/9/14
 
jasonfish11 says:
Its really so terrible. I'd rather have a 12' putt than a 4' one when they are bad. I just switch my grip/style and it fixes them for 6-8 months then I have to make another change.

They probably are a lot of the reason I down play the importance of putting. If it isn't important the yipps don't matter if they don't matter there is no pressure and no pressure equals no yipps.
3/9/14
 
jasonfish11 says:
I've putted standard, belly, claw, belly with claw, left hand low, one handed, left handed, eyes closed and looking at the hole. That is the last 5 years lol
3/9/14
 
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