My Thoughts on the Anchored Putter Ban
I’m sure most of you have heard by now that the USGA and R&A have released a statement which will adjust the rules of golf and essentially ban the use of anchored putters starting in 2016. Let’s be clear, they are not completely banning the use of long putters. However, they are prohibiting the practice of anchoring those clubs to your person, a technique made popular by PGA Tour players like Keegan Bradley and Adam Scott. If you are unclear on the adjustment of the rule I invite you to look at the picture below to gain a greater clarification.
Now that everyone understands the rule, I would like to share a few of my thoughts on what is becoming a very controversial issue. Let me start by saying that I am adamantly against this ban and feel that it undermines the effort to grow the game of golf. Those who support the ban argue that it gives those players implementing this style an unfair advantage over the players who do not use the anchored putter. I find this to be absolutely ridiculous because if that were the case, almost every player would use it. I will admit that players like Keegan Bradley have been able to achieve success that they otherwise may not have been able to without the anchored putter, but can’t you say the same thing about traditional putting? Or even better yet, would today’s modern player have been able to achieve his or her success without modern golf ball technology? This begs the question: why single out anchored putters?
Whether you are involved in the golf industry or not I am certain you have seen the wide-reaching efforts to grow the game of golf. As a PGA Professional, I have worked diligently to assist in accomplishing this goal. This is why the anchored putter ban upsets me so greatly, because if allowing a player to anchor his putter will encourage one new player to keep playing the game, or allow one current player to enjoy the game more, or bring one frustrated player back to the game than it should not be banned. We should not allow our top 1% of players to dictate how 40 handicaps play golf. I’ve heard many fellow professionals argue that the anchored putter does not really help the amateur player, due to poor fitting or improper fundamentals, but if it helps just one then we have effectively grown golf. I will close with this one question: what is the downside to the best golfer in the world using a belly putter? I can’t think of one thing.
Thanks for reading and sharing. I encourage you to share your thoughts and get the debate going. See you on the lesson tee!!!