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Posted by history February 26, 2013 at 11:38 am. From 205.188.116.x Report Abuse
no more anchoring any club.golf is about the golf swing...................
Posted by charles February 25, 2013 at 9:55 am. From 184.39.178.x Report Abuse
I'm guessing that 90% of you that favor banning the long putters don't follow all of USGA rules while playing....i.e. , do you putt out each hole, take a proper drop from the hazard ??? but if you do, then you have a right to protest Finchem's stand.. if not, you need to rethink your position !!!!!
Posted by charlie in reply to charles February 27, 2013 at 8:34 am. From 65.162.255.x Report Abuse
pretty sure you can use the long putter all you want so i don't want to hear back soreness arguments. its the anchor that people want banned. not hard to understand.
you're exactly right, ban the anchor and if people that don't play by the rules in general they can still use the anchor if they choose.
Posted by BS. I play by the rules every round. No exceptions in reply to charles February 25, 2013 at 11:39 am. From 72.15.87.x Report Abuse
unless overriding local rule. Play the ball down, putt out everything, no "foot wedges". Agreed many players don't but IMO many really don't know how to apply a rule or ever taken the time to learn. I say ban anchoring immediately; don't even wait till 2014.
Posted by Chris February 25, 2013 at 9:43 am. From 96.245.253.x Report Abuse
Ah, all the golf purists , I hope you all are playing with the gotta percha ball and a persimmon driver otherwise shut your pie holes about protecting the integrity of the game. It is only cheating if everyone is not able to use it. I had 3 different friends try it and they didn't like it so they stuck with the short putter. It mostly is a matter of preference. To allow something to be legal for decades than ban it is ridiculous . It was ok to anchor when only old guys with the yips extended their careers but now young guys are winning majors with it ,so it needs to be banned ? JMHO
Posted by renix February 25, 2013 at 9:19 am. From 76.23.126.x Report Abuse
I use a long putter right handed. After hearing about the rule, i moved my left forearm and right right hand away from my chest. Nothing is anchored. It hasn't made any difference in my putting.
The anchoring ban is not a ban on long putters,.
Posted by Golfnutt47 February 25, 2013 at 7:51 am. From 50.104.45.x Report Abuse
If they allow the anchored putter to continue to be used, then they might as well training aids to be used on the course. Much the same. Really bothers me when the long putters are used to measure relief. Now there is a definite advantage.
Posted by Golfnutt47 February 25, 2013 at 7:40 am. From 50.104.45.x Report Abuse
Banning them is long overdue. Years ago they stopped Sam Snead from putting croquet style, this looks far more against the rules, or the intent of the rules, than that was.
If there is no advantage then why would anyone use such an unorthodox putter? I will never be a fan of anyone using the anchored putter.
Finchem says for the good of amateurs? Really? My wife and I have a four course membership and play a lot of other courses and have never seen one in use on any of the courses. Seems with age that a normal putter would become the only club I would eventually be able to physically use.
If putting is a players weakness, sorry about that. It is part of the game. What about guys like Corey Pavin who never could drive 300yds. Give him some advantage for that? An illegal driver or ball? What about someone who just can't drive straight? Allow them to use Vaseline on the clubface?
Posted by Fred Dula February 25, 2013 at 7:37 am. From 99.0.113.x Report Abuse
I am a 5 handicap, 75 year old golfer who has the yips. When I started back playing 17 years ago, I did it partly because I was going to be using a long putter so as to avoid the yip problem. I would not play golf if I had to play with a short putter. The USGA needs to consider all of those amateurs who get enjoyment from golf who have the same affliction. Sadly, there are many amateurs who would not consider different rules for amateurs and professionals. The rule change could have been done many years ago but not now.
Posted by Mike Henderson February 25, 2013 at 5:21 am. From 174.106.93.x Report Abuse Posted by Robin Douglas February 25, 2013 at 1:58 am. From 90.220.156.x Report Abuse
The R A and the USGA should make the driver the longest club in the bag and the putter the shortest. Doing that should eliminate anchoring as well as removing the advantage long putter users get when taking a drop !
Posted by Bruce February 25, 2013 at 12:36 am. From 197.72.150.x Report Abuse
Why don't you have a go at Ernie here too?
Posted by Golf pro February 24, 2013 at 9:44 pm. From 67.6.114.x Report Abuse
Let the usga make the rules of play, not rules on how to play the game.
Posted by Chuck from Charlottesville February 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm. From 98.249.11.x Report Abuse
It's never too late to do the right thing. I view this as a fight for both the soul of golf and the USGA's role as anything more than a tournament host. Both are destroyed if the liars win and anchoring continues.
Posted by GolfGuru February 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm. From 172.222.159.x Report Abuse
If USGA and RA can't build a consensus with the other 2 leading golf organizations i.e. PGA and PGA Tour not to mention GCOAA and others, should they be the sole ruling bodies any longer? The majority has spoken, keep anchoring
Posted by MacDuff February 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm. From 70.105.245.x Report Abuse
"It wasn't dealt with 30 years ago, therefore it's o.k. now" is flawed logic. A leaky roof is still a leaky roof.
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