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Five Families Clash: PGA Of America Has "Concerns with any legislation that might infringe on the enjoyment of the game."

Steve DiMeglio on the comments from Philip Tattaglia Ted Bishop, new president of the PGA of America:

"We have concerns with any legislation that might infringe on the enjoyment of the game," said Ted Bishop, president of the PGA of America.


The PGA of America sent a letter detailing its concerns to the USGA at 10 a.m. Monday. Although the governing bodies will accept further comment for three months, Bishop said the PGA of America probably will probably not comment any further than it has.

"I don't know what new evidence we can produce for them," Bishop said.

The full PGA of America statement is posted on

"The PGA has long supported the USGA in its role of establishing the Rules of Golf governing play and equipment. We have representation on the Rules of Golf Committee and we have tremendous respect for the USGA in regard to their critical role in writing and interpreting the Rules of Golf. As our mission is to grow the game, on behalf of our 27,000 men and women PGA Professionals, we are asking them to seriously consider the impact this proposed ban may have on people's enjoyment of the game and the overall growth of the game."

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Reader Comments (23)

11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGolfFan
Shut up, tools.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
Wow, My dues are actually being used for something that will benefit me! Way to Go! I hope we got good lawyers.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered Commentermark
"We have concerns with any legislation that might infringe on the enjoyment of the game," said Ted Bishop, president of the PGA of America."

Like playing the ball as it lies? Getting a bad lie in the middle of the fairway certainly makes the game less enjoyable, but its part of the game.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBret
The only reason the PGA is against an anchoring ban is because the vast majority of them suck at golf.
is it just me or is all of this a tempest in a teacup? I've played golf recreationally (not competitively) for 25 years and have never come across people who even pay any attention to stroke-and-distance, much less rules about how a putter can be held. It seems like this rule will be relevant to a few dozen professional golfers, and perhaps the odd weekend warrior who participates in officially sanctioned amateur tournaments, and that's about it.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoger
Translation--we're real glad this is your problem USGA. We wont do anything to get in your way but if theres a backlash, its your problem.

If Bishop is Tattagia, is Pete B Don Barzini?
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEd
As mentioned by a few above...making people actually play by the rules of golf (which I assume the PGA endorses) can infringe on enjoyment of the game.

Let's increase the cup by 5 inches, which will obviously make putting easier (much more than any putting style) many people do you think would "join" the game of golf with that move?
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
To add to my post above...wonder what the PGA's stance is on rolling the ball that would be a MASSIVE infringement on the enjoyment of the game.

I see a lot of contradiction by people...they think the game is too easy, but anything that makes the game tougher is bad for the game??? Which is it?
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
Ed, I had the USGA as Barzini - Tattaglia fronted their operation against the Corleones.

Barzini is a pimp.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
Apologies. Tags, not Barzi, was the p.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
When the greens become like an ice rink, it is only natural to grow up sweeping the ball.

As to enjoyment of the game,, it was a blast back in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s when the ball traveled a shoter distance, club heads were small, and greens stimped to about 8 to 10.

Oh yeah, let's keep moving forward, use more land, water, and chemicals, and maintain the greens to 11 to 12.

They are growing the course, the budgets, and ultinately the cost.

They are not growing the game by making the courses larger, or requiring frequent new tees and moving bunkers and greens.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjstiles
This is coming at a great time, when there's no big news on the golf front, so as usual it becomes a gigantic media mess. The golf media guys and gals are so excited to have something to yak and blog about they are making it the Golf Rule of the Century...and it's still three years away! Overkill but yak on.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
Another Godfather quote that somewhat fits in here:

"Probably all the other Families will line up against us. That's all right. These things gotta happen every five years or so, ten years. Helps to get rid of the bad blood. Been ten years since the last one. You know, you gotta stop them at the beginning. Like they should have stopped Hitler at Munich, they should never let him get away with that, they was just asking for trouble."
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
Don't worry about PGA, just make sure my clubs are clean, the first tee is on time, and the sweaters are all folded.
After years of fleecing clubs for cart revenue,retainers, pro shop merchandise revenue, you have the audacity to come out and warn the USGA about doing something that may effect the growth of the game?
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
Reminds me more of Blazing Saddles with these empty PGA suits wondering if this will hurt their "phony baloney jobs".
Shut up, idiots and go give Twitchy Bradley a binky.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
Brad, Most dont get any cart/car revenue. If you want to own our pro shop, please just try to make money in a pro shop now with all the ebay stuff. In one way, we may make some money on selling putters to the people who are anchoring, but than they will expect money for there long putter we help them use. Plus, you can stand in the 18th green when a $2.00 nausea just turned ugly when some one thinks he just anchored his putter. What a mess if you ask me. At lest we have three years. I wonder what the club companies are going to do now.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered Commentermark
The goal should be preservation of the game, not growth of the game.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnimal Kingdom
Sorry Mark, but I grew up in an era where golf pros took way more from a club than they ever gave. I know it is different now, but it has forever soured my view of club pros. And don't worry about club manufacturers, people will still need putters.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
More is better. More courses, more people. Quantity over quality. Just ask the PGA.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarney O'Hara
Yeah, but which one is Don Ciccio and which one is the still young Vito Andolini, 20 years later?
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Brad what era was that?
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat Burke
"They are growing the course, the budgets, and ultinately the cost."

jstiles, perfect description of a lot of struggling private country clubs.
11.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF

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