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Sunday
Feb242013

Instant Poll: PGA Tour's Case For Opposing The Anchoring Ban

You have plenty of text to read thanks to ASAPSports if you missed Commissioner Tim Finchem's appearances in the media center and on NBC during the WGC Accenture Match Play final.

So to kick off the festivities, here's a pretty simple question...

Were you satisfied by Tim Finchem's case for opposing the proposed ban on anchoring the putter?
  
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Reader Comments (10)

The only way I'd have a handicap is if they went above 40. I'd be a 60 handicap. Nevertheless, I don't anchor for the same reason I try to avoid mulligans and gimmes -- I don't want any advantages. If I play like crap, I deserve to have a crap score.
02.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRandom Fan
Please remember golf is a really hard game to learn and play and nothing will ever make it easy.
Geoff is this your MD debut?? You are a natural, they should have you on more often
02.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedia maven
Agree, will be great on TV.
02.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTL
Cheating is cheating. Ban anchored putters.
02.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAK47
Finchem was embarassing- he sounded like the Bowery Boy who always misused multisyllabic (sp) words Why this was in the middle of an event became apparent when his weak performance just kept not ending, not to mention his ''facts'', straight from the Rush school of statistics--- make them up, no one checks them anyway.

Geoff, challenge these guys to confront the USGA on WHY the long putter was not banned....*you know why*, because they did not want to embarass a POTUS, a charge I have repeated for years, and a charge I catch a lot of flack about-- this is not a Democrat or Republican thing- respect for the highest office as 41 was using the long putter was the right thing to do...it wold have been a slap to the whole country to have some sandlot dictator calling out President a ''cheater'', if the putter he was using was outlawed.

THEY NEED TO ADMIT THIS. The time is now to correct this ruling made not in the best interest of golf, but in the best interest of our Country, certainly a much more important reason than we now face.

Additionally, it wold be in the best interest of these ''reporters/news readers'' to see where the driver/ruling body schism in Indy Car would up....see my previous posts.

If there were 2 sets of rules, or worse, 2 different tours, the golfing public would quickly turn to an easier follow, most JQ Public going the way of Del, Tiger's Fan, I mean DTF.

At any rate , do well, and make us proud!
It bothered me that Finchem argued it doesn't give advantage because nobody in the top putting stats anchored, and that taking 30 years to get the rule right was too long, and therefore ought not be adopted. It would have been more honest to say 'Ben Hogan was right, putting is stupid, let's just have closest to the pin contests -- that will be won by those who can hit the longest, highest shots.' The one-dimensional nature of the pro game will only become worse when 90% of the field anchors. I don't feel bad for the guys who will have issues if anchoring is banned. They will either adapt or be replaced by those who can putt.
02.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterF. X. Flinn
Finchem really is an appalling presenter of a case, although he had some pretty awful material to defend in this instance. Obviously the long putter is made to ease anchoring; otherwise why would people use it? (I know there are exceptions, but the people who do use it well (at the pro level) do so to make more money; if they putted equally well or better with a standard putter they would use that to avoid the opprobrium). So they do gain an advantage.

The PGA Tour is being very stupid here, but obviously they'll do nothing in concert that will affect any member's take home pay.
02.24.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfourputter
Finchem really is an appalling presenter of a case, although he had some pretty awful material to defend in this instance. Obviously the long putter is made to ease anchoring; otherwise why would people use it? (I know there are exceptions, but the people who do use it well (at the pro level) do so to make more money; if they putted equally well or better with a standard putter they would use that to avoid the opprobrium). So they do gain an advantage.

The PGA Tour is being very stupid here, but obviously they'll do nothing in concert that will affect any member's take home pay.
02.24.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfourputter
Could we get a few qualifying questions added to these sorts of polls?

Age?
Level of education?
Income?
Gender?
Handicap?
Length of putter?
02.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF

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