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Wednesday
Nov282012

For Immediate Release: The Anchoring Ban Fine Print

The joint USGA and R&A press release...

THE R&A AND USGA ANNOUNCE PROPOSED RULES CHANGE TO PROHIBIT USE OF ANCHORED STROKES

Rule Would Take Effect on January 1, 2016, Allowing for Transitional Period

Belly-Length and Long Putters Would Remain as Conforming Clubs

St Andrews, Scotland and Far Hills, N.J., USA (November 28, 2012) – The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA), golf’s governing bodies, today announced proposed changes to the Rules of Golf that would prohibit anchoring the club in making a stroke.

The proposed Rule 14-1b, which follows an extensive review by The R&A and the USGA, would prohibit strokes made with the club or a hand gripping the club held directly against the player’s body, or with a forearm held against the body to establish an anchor point that indirectly anchors the club.

The proposed new Rule would not alter current equipment rules and would allow the continued use of all conforming golf clubs, including belly-length and long putters, provided such clubs are not anchored during a stroke. The proposed Rule narrowly targets only a few types of strokes, while preserving a golfer’s ability to play a wide variety of strokes in his or her individual style.

Prior to taking a final decision on the proposed Rule, The R&A and the USGA will consider any further comments and suggestions from throughout the golf community.

“We believe we have considered this issue from every angle but given the wide ranging interest in this subject we would like to give stakeholders in the game the opportunity to put forward any new matters for consideration,” said Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A.

The proposed Rule change would take effect on January 1, 2016, in accordance with the regular four-year cycle for changes to the Rules of Golf. This timetable would also provide an extended period in which golfers may, if necessary, adapt their method of stroke to the requirements of the Rule.

For more information about the newly proposed Rule, as well as additional information including videos and images of strokes that would be allowed or prohibited by the proposed changes to Rule 14-1, visit www.RandA.org/anchoring or www.usga.org/anchoring.

NEW RULE WOULD DEFINE AND PRESERVE THE NATURE OF THE STROKE

In proposing the new Rule, The R&A and the USGA concluded that the long-term interests of the game would be served by confirming a stroke as the swinging of the entire club at the ball.

“Throughout the 600-year history of golf, the essence of playing the game has been to grip the club with the hands and swing it freely at the ball,” said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. “The player’s challenge is to control the movement of the entire club in striking the ball, and anchoring the club alters the nature of that challenge. Our conclusion is that the Rules of Golf should be amended to preserve the traditional character of the golf swing by eliminating the growing practice of anchoring the club.”

NEW RULE WOULD ADDRESS RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE GAME

This proposal reflects The R&A’s and USGA’s responsibility to define how the game is to be played. Aspects of how a player must make a stroke have been addressed in past Rules changes, such as the century-old Rule codifying that the ball must be fairly struck and not be pushed, scraped or spooned and the 1968 prohibition on the “croquet” style of putting.

“As governing bodies, we monitor and evaluate playing practices and developments in golf, with our primary mandate being to ensure that the Rules of Golf continue to preserve the fundamental characteristics of the game,” added Davis.

Although anchoring the club is not new, until recently it was uncommon and typically seen as a method of last resort by a small number of players. In the last two years, however, more and more players have adopted the anchored stroke. Golf’s governing bodies have observed this upsurge at all levels of the game and noted that more coaches and players are advocating this method. The decision to act now is based on a strong desire to reverse this trend and to preserve the traditional golf stroke.

“Anchored strokes have become the preferred option for a growing number of players and this has caused us to review these strokes and their impact on the game,” said Dawson. “Our concern is that anchored strokes threaten to supplant traditional putting strokes which are integral to the longstanding character of the sport.”

REVIEW PROCESS AND TIMETABLE

Earlier this year, The R&A and the USGA announced that they were reviewing the subject of anchoring. There has been widespread discussion of the issue throughout the international golf community which has been noted by the governing bodies.

Each organization is expected to take a final decision on the proposed Rule change in spring 2013. Anyone wishing to provide written comments to the appropriate governing body is encouraged to do so by February 28, 2013 as directed on the respective websites: www.RandA.org/anchoring or www.usga.org/anchoring.

 

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Reader Comments (6)

About damn time! Think of how many greens have needed to be lengthened because of these "putters". Oh sorry, I thought they were discussing rules relating to how players like Zach Johnson can hit it 320. Don't get me wrong, He's one of my favorites but....
11.28.2012 | Unregistered Commenterhutzz
Good.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
"The proposed Rule change would take effect on January 1, 2016"

Plenty of time for the mfgs to rally the lawyers!
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
Hallelujah!
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartin
Fred Couple is smiling. By the time 2016 rolls around he will have socked away so much cash the yips won't matter.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
“Throughout the 600-year history of golf, the essence of playing the game has been to grip the club with the hands and swing it freely at the ball,” said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. “The player’s challenge is to control the movement of the entire club in striking the ball, and anchoring the club alters the nature of that challenge. Our conclusion is that the Rules of Golf should be amended to preserve the traditional character of the golf swing by eliminating the growing practice of anchoring the club.”

OK, Were is the Proof?

Also for 530 years, they did not us steel shafts or play 18 holes in 5+ hours. They have the pace of play as a rule but dont enforce it very well. I think you just need to ask, is this the one thing that is will really hurting golf. I don't think so. Sound like to many of the Blue Coats just dont like it. That should not be a basis for a rule change.


Plus, "We are not Banning the Long Putter" is the statement, but tell me any one who will use a long putter and try to keep there top arm away from there body. This hurts the long putter more if you ask me. If this dose take effect, I will go B. Langer on it and just use my belly putter as a arm putter and stroke it that way. I will anchor it against my arm till they take that away.

I did love the old video that the golf channel played for Mike Davis telling people that the Belly Putter is fine, that was only a year ago!

Webb and Ernie Ells are the real reason for this and they wont admit it.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered Commentermark

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