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Monday
Nov262012

WSJ: Anchoring "Decision" To Come Wednesday

John Paul Newport reports that as the R&A jacks around with the Old Course, the belly putter/anchoring "decision" will come Wednesday.

The announcement figures to be anti-climactic considering that, (A) we already have a good sense anchoring will be banned based on various reports this fall, and (B) the entire thing seems rather petty when the shrine to the game is deemed unworthy to handle the technology the same governing bodies tremble in their loafters at the mere thought of regulating, and therefore undergoes historic, unnecessary changes the same week the announcement comes out.

The prioritization of issues and actions by the USGA and R&A remains woefully out of sync with basic common sense.

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USGA: we're banning anchoring to make putting harder.

R&A: we're ironing The Old Course to make putting easier.
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark B
Post of the year Mark!

The irony is clearly lost on these people in so many ways.
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterOB
Does anyone measure the approval rating of these golf legislators? I think Congress might have a higher one!
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
It's an interesting time.
Eden being changed for 4 days every 5 years.
Roll back of balls and equipment being loudly called for
And "anchoring" about to be banned.

All largely caused by the highly visible, 1/2 % of the game's participants.

I am not commenting one way or another on these changes, other than, would any of this be going on except for the professional game?
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat Burke
'' 1/2 % of the game's participants''

More like .0001%...and you are correct..but for the pros TOC would remain untouched.
11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Well Dig, it finally happened. We almost agree!!
The percentage is rising a little. College and junior golfers bomb it,
but IMO the overwhelming number of golfers are still struggling with (and enjoying) the same things
on the great courses
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat Burke
Can we compromise on .001?!?

"Petty"........sure agree with that.
11.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Pat, the scoring average for ''all'' golfers suggest the hackers far outnumber the whackers, still- but your noting the increase in ''quality players'' is to be praised- heck, at the late hour I was typing (sort of) I never considered the college players, etc.


so check out my little ditty posted under the ''old course- twitter'' thread.
11.27.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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