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Alex Miceli

The USGA has decided not to postpone implementation of Rule 14-1b, or the rule that covers anchoring a club.

At last month’s USGA Annual Meeting at Pinehurst, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem and PGA of America President Ted Bishop outlined a proposal for a “grandfather” period, in hopes of allowing the amateur golfer more time to adapt to the new rule that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

Bishop in an e-mail to his membership on Tuesday evening said that the USGA rejected the joint request.

“While we are disappointed with the USGA’s decision not to ...

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James Achenbach
To replace his anchored putting stroke, Bernhard Langer told a Callaway executive he was looking closely at two putting methods -- and has made putts both ways.
To replace his anchored putting stroke, Bernhard Langer told a Callaway executive he was looking closely at two putting methods -- and has made putts both ways.

— The countdown is less than two years. On Jan. 1, 2016, the anchored putting stroke will be abolished under the Rules of Golf. Neither pros nor amateurs can do it.

Golfers who anchor their putters will be forced to adopt alternative methods. The big question: What are the options?

Kelley Moser, a Titleist tour rep for Scotty Cameron putters, can be found on the putting green at 38 to 40 PGA Tour events during the year. He and Larry Silveira, Titleist’s other putting specialist, are an important resource for many touring pros, offering putters and advice ...

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Jeff Rude
PGA president Ted Bishop, an outspoken Indiana course owner, plies wit and wisdom in seeking to reverse golf’s fortunes.
PGA president Ted Bishop, an outspoken Indiana course owner, plies wit and wisdom in seeking to reverse golf’s fortunes.

It looks as though the anchoring ban might still have some details to be ironed out.

In a statement released to Golfweek, 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.

Here is the rest of Bishop's statement:

"We have worked with Mike Davis and the USGA to set up a time when we could ...

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Categories: Teeing Off, Anchoring
Jeff Rude
After using a long putter since 1998, Carl Pettersson has decided to go to a short putter after testing it on Sunday at the John Deere Classic.
After using a long putter since 1998, Carl Pettersson has decided to go to a short putter after testing it on Sunday at the John Deere Classic.

GULLANE, Scotland – Carl Pettersson has used a long putter since 1998. It follows that he lobbied against the upcoming ban on anchored putting strokes. And that he is one of nine players who retained a lawyer. And that he ultimately tired of the whole controversy.

But now, instead of fighting, he is switching.

That’s right: Pettersson used the short, conventional putter on a trial basis Sunday in the final round of the John Deere Classic. He liked the results enough that he is using it again this week at the Open Championship at Muirfield.

So it’s time to ...

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Jeff Rude
Paul Goydos
Paul Goydos

Jeff Rude’s “Hate To Be Rude” column appears on Golfweek.com on Wednesday.

The PGA Tour and PGA of America made a sensible compromise proposal, not to mention a savvy public relations move, on Monday when asking that the U.S. Golf Association delay the ban on anchored putting several years for recreational players.

The two organizations pointed out that there is precedent, that the USGA in 2008 followed a similar course regarding new groove configurations on golf clubs – 2010 for elite play but 2024 for recreational golfers.

The USGA has yet to comment but is expected to respond ...

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Jeff Rude
Tim Clark
Tim Clark

A day after the PGA Tour decided to abide by the upcoming U.S. Golf Association ban on anchored putting strokes, the Boston lawyer representing nine players who anchor said none of his clients has expressed an intent to sue the Tour.

“That could change,” Harry L. Manion III told Golfweek on Tuesday. “I don’t know what they are going to ask me to do.”

The nine players, including Masters champion Adam Scott and Tour winners Carl Pettersson and Tim Clark, have retained Manion since January. The players are now “deciding what action, if any, to take next,” Manion ...

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Jeff Rude
Keegan Bradley said he'd challenge a ban on anchoring.
Keegan Bradley said he'd challenge a ban on anchoring.

The PGA Tour and PGA of America boards have formally decided to abide by the U.S. Golf Association’s ban on anchored strokes, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

While the Tour’s nine-man policy board’s decision July 1 to follow Rule 14-1b was expected, there had been speculation the Tour might disallow anchored putting earlier, such as at the start of the 2015-16 season, in an effort to limit distraction. But instead it chose to follow the new USGA rule to the letter, apparently in part for legal reasons.

“If we stop playing by USGA rules, that really opens ...

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Alex Miceli
Adam Scott putts during the 2013 Memorial at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio
Adam Scott putts during the 2013 Memorial at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio

Golf’s “Gang of Nine” might not be so united against the recently approved ban on the anchoring stroke.

After the U.S. Golf Association and R&A endorsed Rule 14-1b last month, three prominent touring pros who use the anchoring stroke with long or belly putters – Tim Clark, Carl Pettersson and Adam Scott – were disclosed to have retained Boston’s Harry Manion as legal counsel.

During last week’s Memorial Tournament, Scott, the recent Masters champion, made it clear that he had sought legal advice merely to gather information and be sure that his views are expressed to the ...

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Alex Miceli
Davis Love III
Davis Love III

DUBLIN, Ohio – In the first official meeting since the USGA and R&A announced their final decision on Rule 14-1b (the ban on the anchored stroke), the PGA Tour Player Advisory Council gathered at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Tuesday.

During the 90-minute meeting in a conference room in the basement of the Muirfield Pavilion, players participated in person and by phone. Tour commissioner Tim Finchem apprised the players on what had occurred on the anchoring issue since the last meeting and then allowed players to weigh in with their concerns, opinions and thoughts.

The opinions were "very mixed," according ...

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James Achenbach
Boccieri's new EL Series putters, each with a 175-gram counterweight along with a 17-inch grip, are designed to mimic the steadiness and repeatability of belly putters – without anchoring.
Boccieri's new EL Series putters, each with a 175-gram counterweight along with a 17-inch grip, are designed to mimic the steadiness and repeatability of belly putters – without anchoring.

Since 2003, Steve Boccieri has hung his hat on counterbalanced putters that were heavier than normal. His original products were sold under the name Heavy Putter – the heads were heavier, and the putters contained a heavy counterweight inside the butt end of the shaft.

His designs were all about feel and balance.

Later, when Boccieri introduced a line of belly putters, he was able to offer more than a dozen different models because he already had the heavier heads that were necessary for belly putters.

Now, on June 1, Boccieri will begin showcasing 16 models with different heads that comprise ...

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Golfweek Staff
Sergio Garcia talks to the media at a press conference for the BMW PGA Championships at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England.
Sergio Garcia talks to the media at a press conference for the BMW PGA Championships at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England.

The USGA and R&A officially announced the ban of the anchored stroke on Tuesday morning, sending plenty of golf's elite players, coaches and equipment manufacturers to Twitter to make a statement.

We'll be monitoring the world's reaction to this decision all day long, as well as gathering reaction on the ground at the Senior PGA, Crowne Plaza Invitational and overseas at Wentworth.

Here is a collection of early reaction:

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Bernhard Langer, two-time Masters winner and current Champions Tour player who has used a long putter since the mid-1990s

It's disappointing . . . very disappointing. It's the ...

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Jim McCabe
Tim Clark
Tim Clark

FORT WORTH, Texas – Disappointed as he was by Tuesday's news that the USGA and R&A would go forward with efforts to ban anchoring as of 2016, Tim Clark wasn’t all that surprised.

“If there really was a ‘comment period,’ we all know it was all smoke and mirrors," said Clark, standing on the putting green at Colonial Country Club, site of this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational. "Their minds were made up.”

Clark confirmed news that probably won’t come as a surprise to officials at the PGA Tour, U.S. Golf Association and R&A.

“We ...

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Jeff Rude
Adam Scott is using a Scotty Cameron Futura X Prototype, 52 inches in length so it can be used as a long putter.
Adam Scott is using a Scotty Cameron Futura X Prototype, 52 inches in length so it can be used as a long putter.

The U.S. Golf Association news conference Tuesday that announced an ill-advised ban on putter anchoring was striking for myriad reasons, not the least of which was the large, logoed signage behind the dais. Repeated numerous times on the backdrop, the message read thusly: “For the good of the game.”

Those six words prompt questions and dissent. We can start simply with “Whose game?” Certainly not the multitudes who use a long putter while playing for fun. Certainly not those who switched to anchoring to enhance enjoyment or because of physical ailments. Certainly not people who changed in order to ...

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May 21, 2013 | 3:40 p.m.

AJGA supports USGA, Rule 14-1B

Golfweek Staff

The AJGA sent out a statement regarding the USGA and R&A’s adoption of Rule 14-1B. It is as follows:

“The American Junior Golf Association, its Board of Directors, full- and part-time staff and membership of nearly 6,000 of golf’s next generation recognize the Rules-making authority of the USGA to govern the game of golf in America. By recognizing this authority, the AJGA has always, and will continue to, strictly follow any Rule change deemed necessary by the USGA.”

In 2012, the AJGA collected data from June 18 to October 30 from juniors on the anchored putting ...

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California's Joel Stalter
California's Joel Stalter

Joel Stalter of the California Golden Bears is a junior from Amneville, France. He is No. 12 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

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I am not very surprised about the rule on anchoring even with the negative backlash the ban received. I used a short putter for my most of my career and then switched to a belly putter for eight months last year. While the belly putter definitely helped my putting, I do not necessarily believe that the anchoring method is an advantage over conventional putting. It is simply not for everyone. Using a belly putter is actually a ...

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