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"Nobody in his or her right mind will want to use a long putter if it can’t be anchored."

If you read Frank Hannigan's excellent letter earlier this week, you know the USGA/R&A anchoring ban hinges on the PGA Tour's support. But has posted a letter from a Philadelphia lawyer and three-time Merion club champ named Carl Everett, who says that "to the more serious golf community, proposal of the anchoring rule has already reinforced the notion that the ruling bodies are preoccupied with trivialities when compared to the havoc being caused by the ball."

While I'd like to dwell on his wonderful comments about dealing with distance as a priority, he brings up some fine points and maybe overdramatizes some others, but in not just banning putters over 40 inches, Everett brings up what continues to stand out to me as a potential problem down the road.

While the Rule 14 approach is intended to avoid legal pitfalls with banning particular clubs, it places the enforcement task on opponents/fellow competitors, which is a good way for players to make enemies rather than friends. If the anchoring rule goes into effect and I see a long or belly putter in someone’s bag, I fear I will have to be a policeman on every green to make sure anchoring is not taking place. Doing so will generally necessitate positioning myself so that I am facing the player rather than preparing for my own upcoming shot and may require me to inquire about the player’s intent on a particular stroke. That’s crazy!

Earlier this week, frequent anchorer and two-time U.S. Open Champion Retief Goosen said the club should have been banned, not the method.

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Reader Comments (8)

"I fear I will have to be a policeman on every green" Another unintended consequence of the poorly thought out, half assed, semi rule change.
As this was being discussed I played with my father-in-law (as previously discussed in this forum). I watched him, and my wife watched him, and we couldn't agree if his forearm was 'anchored' against his chest or not.

This will not be fun.

To be clear I won't be calling him out regardless.
02.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMattS
Once the rule goes into effect, will there be much use of long putters? I am trying to picture just how one could be horsing around with a long putter, without any form or anchoring.
02.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChuck
I use a belly putter but don't anchor it. I'll continue to use the belly putter. I have the same putter at 35" and don't like it, it just feels different. I like to think my playing companions trust me...not that they are going to have to position themselves in order to police me on every green.
02.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJ
Chuck, that is what they thought, but they were wrong. I am going to putt Kuchar style, anchoring the putter against my left arm. Completely legal and according to Everett, may get into some of my competitor's head.
I don't think Martin Laird anchors his belly putter.
We are going to need a few more volunteer the want to pay for the right to stand next to people on the green while they putt, and we thought the rounds were long now, wait till the rules official walks on every news lone to watch a potential anchored stroke.
02.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark
Cabrera won the Masters with a non anchored belly.
02.12.2013 | Unregistered Commentermetro18

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