On Jan. 1, 2016, the anchored putting stroke will be abolished under the Rules of Golf. Golfers who anchor their putters will be forced to adopt alternative methods. The big question: What are the options?
PGA of America president Ted Bishop indicated that his organization would be given the opportunity to make a case for a "grandfather period" for recreational amateurs at the USGA's annual meeting Feb. 8 in Pinehurst, N.C. Bishop likened the proposal to what was agreed upon for the groove regulations in 2008.
After using a long putter since 1998, Carl Pettersson used the short, conventional putter on a trial basis Sunday and liked the results enough that he is using it again this week at the Open Championship at Muirfield.
On Monday, the PGA Tour and PGA of America offered the USGA a compromise on the anchoring ban that helps amateur golfers. Our Jeff Rude says he hopes America's rule-making body will finally just say yes.
Tim Clark is waiting for the PGA Tour to announce its position regarding the application of Rule 14-1b. But he's already explored legal options if the decision isn't favorable to players like him who practice anchoring.
Let’s not kid ourselves. The ban on an anchored putting stroke, to start in 2016, would seem to focus on “sport” rather than “game.” On competition rather than recreation. On game-face golf rather than social golf.
As it turned out, there were no changes to the rules proposal to ban an anchored stroke, first presented on Nov. 28, 2012. Tuesday’s tranquil gathering wasn't lengthy, ending after a few predictable questions from journalists.
PGA of America president Ted Bishop has been vocal about his opposition to the proposed rule that would ban the anchored stroke used for long putters. Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson last week referred to Bishop's public comments as a "campaign."
Now that the 90-day comment period regarding the proposed anchoring ban is over, the U.S. Golf Association and the R&A – which received an earful from many of golf’s leaders – have a few things to consider. The game’s governing bodies released statements March 1, saying the comment period that ended Feb. 28 has been “very constructive.” Now, golfers worldwide – professional and amateur – are left to see what’s next.
The European Tour will not join forces with the PGA Tour and oppose the proposed anchoring ban suggested by the U.S. Golf Association and the R&A, according to a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity at the London-based tour.
What started as a proposed rule change has intensified into a showdown between golf heavyweights: the USGA in one corner versus the PGA Tour and PGA of America in the other. The outcome remains in doubt as the USGA and R&A’s 90-day comment period expires Feb. 28.
PGA of America Ted Bishop and new CEO Pete Bevacqua say that concern for growing golf led the PGA to send a letter to the USGA when the anchoring ban was announced two weeks ago. The PGA was not making some knee-jerk response.
Everyone loves to argue with friends on social media about an array of controversial issues. California's Joel Stalter and Max Homa are no different. Their exchange on Facebook last week was a perfect example of both sides of the proposed anchoring ban.