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What are y'all's thoughts anchoring?
I have never used an anchored putter and therefore this rule doesn't impact me.
I do think it made Adam Scott and a few other guys better golfers but I think that was more due to confidence than anchoring.
Here's a link with explanation
The USGA and R&A are making the right call to ban anchored strokes, but it looks like they were asleep at the wheel.
I have played golf since I was 10 and never used one. I think I am in the minority on this but I do not think it is that much of an advantage as some say. Scott had some pretty bad putts with it in the last couple of holes in the British Open and not every tourney is won by a guy with one. It is not like the club makes it easier to read the break or really judge the speed. In fact the anchored putter is supposed to be hard to use on fast greens because of the weight.
Maybe they should ban it in the pros but for those of use who play recreational I say don't ban it.
I think it is similar to the new drivers and cavity backs that some pros use that are "more forgiving." You could say that gives them an advantage over those who use blades. Since blades are far less forgiving than a cavity back.
The bottom line is the player is still the one that has the greatest impact on the ball flight and also the how the putt rolls.
I too was for bifurcation but apparently that is no longer on the table.
Its only an advantage for the golfers that aren't good traditional putters and have issues with the yips.
Look, I been playing for half my life and if you practice with an anchored to your liking for 20-30 minutes, you will be amazed at how many more putts that roll so much more perfectly and with consistency. The ball rolls almost perfectly with the anchored approach. Thats the biggest advantage IMO is the perfect balanced roll of the ball that an anchored putter gives the player.
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All feel and what is comfortable. If advantage was there, all golfers would do it so I don't think they should ban anchoring. It's going to hurt many careers if they do so pga can expect law suits to begin. Game continues to evolve and this is part of it. All pros try different things constantly so if anchoring improved their game that much wouldn't you think there would just be a crazy wave of switching from traditional to anchoring?
The problem is all those guys could use any club that is legal. If a guy wants to hit blades he can if not he doesn't have to. You can work the ball better with blades compared to working the ball with the cavity back. Although, cavity backs are more forgiving..
I think that ball control and distance is more of a concern than an anchored putter.
Got to think of a guy like Webb Simpson who has used one since he was a kid might struggle with confidence if this is changed.
I've asked many pros who've I've caddied for, and the ones who don't use it, feel
It's definitely an advantage for the Keegan the Kook Bradleys and Webb Simpsons of the world. I totally believe it helps the avg amateur. And under pressure, pros are more inclined to make putts under 10 feet. Spoke
To Mike Davis about this topic this summer at Pine Valley and he said he was determined to make sure they would pass this rule change.
What made the usga and r and a consider changing it is due to how many we junior golfers learn to putt with the anchored and belly putters and never even think about using a 32-36 inch putter.It became a 1st choice rather than a 50 yr old who got the yips and needed to switch.
I'm glad this rule will be passed. I just hope the PGA tour installs the change in 2013 rather than 2016, when all golfers with a usga handicap must change officially.
Distance absolutely has to be reigned in.
The anchored putter is legal so anyone who wants to use them can. May thing is, is that they say those give players an advantage over those who do not use the anchored putter but so so cavity backs compared to blades and they are not up for consideration to be banned.
Well I guess what I am trying to say is if cavity backs give you a forgiveness advantage over blades why not ban them as well, just like the anchored putter may help you roll the ball better.
Also I agree that the ball control is a bigger issue. Balls now a days fly so much more straight than they used to even on bad shots.
Blades vs cavity back isn't really the topic unless the player actually swung the club differently that allowed for a more consistent swing path.
For arguments sake, U can still put with a belly putter but u can't anchor it. So it's not the actual club but how it's administered.
And trust me, golfers make more
5 footers than ever because it is aided to create a consistent repeatable stroke. It's just easier.
And sure Graeme McDowell could use one if he had wanted before this. But the thing is
keegan bradley and Webb Simpson MUST use it. Big difference IMO. Just my 2 cents.
I see what you are saying. What do you think about someone like Matt Kuchar who uses a long putter but just puts it up against his forearm not his belly?
This is garbage. Now I admit I'm biased since I've used one for over 9 years, but these have been around for a long time. It seems that just because a few guys have won a major title recently, it's time to shut it down. I know it is technically against the rules, but what is the difference between a 50 year old and a 15 year old using the putter in a sanctioned event? The USGA has known this was illegal since its inception, but only cares when the public reaction starts turning against it. Not a good precedent for the ultimate lawmaker in the sport to set.
Kuch will be able to tuck the putter like that but the putter grip can't go above his elbow. So I think he will have to make adjustments. I can't remember if the shaft went into his arm pit but if so, he will have to make some sort of change.
Btw I wasnt trying to force my info on u. We all have warranted opinions. I just am trying to inform on how the usga viewed it.
Heck, after yesterday, I was about to go buy a belly putter! Haha
Its still considered to be "anchored" above his wrist and along his forearm. I saw him using that and noticed how anchored it was. Same thing IMO as used like a long putter or belly putter.
I agree with you. The usga and R&A responded way too late on this. Hence, a very large population is now going to be really mad. And totally justifiable. IMHO, the professional ranks had to change this. Amateurs on the other hand, if it brings them back out to the course on weekends and they enjoy the game more, then really what's the harm. But i suppose the usga wanted to stay totally uniform and consistent.
I do believe that when they saw juniors going directly to a belly putter, it caused a
Stir. The reason for anchored putters originally was for a golfer past his prime to help him. But there would be no reason for youths to begin using this. They have nerves of steel and flat bellies anyways right? Hehe
Oh I never took it that way at all. I love golf and I like the discussion. +1 . I do not think it goes to his armpit I think it just goes to the bend in the elbow.
Good cuz Kuchar is one of the nicest most down to earth people on the tour. So genuine! I hope he gets a major next year
I agree in a way. The anchored putters were not anticipated to go wild like it has over the past 5 years or so. It just wasnt expected. The fact that these kids now are using it at such a young age is whats causing the uproar and possible change. It has nothing directly to do with how many wins a pro has lately, they are thinking about the future and integrity of the sport and IMO they are finally NOT thinking about money, because if they were thinking $$$ they would let em all use anchored putters. I have friends/family in the golf industry and they cant keep these things in their stores. They say its like this everywhere. I guess we'll see which way they go later today...
TaylorMades belly putters accounted for 19% of all putter sales last fiscal year. That's a big loss
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