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The King: We Don't Need The Anchoring "Contraption" & Slowing Down The Ball Needs To Happen

Doug Ferguson reports on Arnold Palmer's press conference prior to the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

On the proposed anchoring ban, the key quote leaves no gray area:

"That's not part of the game of golf. To attach it to your body in any way is taking a little bit away from the game," Palmer said. "I'm not going to argue with anybody about it. I've stated my position, and that is we do not need a contraption to play the game of golf.

"I would hope that we'd play under one set of rules, and those rules would include a ban on the long putter hooked to the body in some way, shape or form."

Rex Hoggard with The King's key quote on distance:

If Palmer was … well, king for a day, high-octane golf balls would also be on the endangered species list along with long putters. “I would like to see them slow the ball down. I think that's probably the major thing that I would like to see happen,” he said.

The press conference video courtesy of

Meanwhile Arnie has been warned, the PGA of America is coming and they want to change his mind!

In his latest column, PGA President Ted Bishop makes his case again against the anchoring ban and says he's headed to Orlando to talk to His Majesty Palmer.

Next Wednesday, I fly to Orlando to meet with Arnold Palmer. Pete Bevacqua, PGA of America CEO, and I requested the meeting. Our intent is not to change Palmer’s mind on anchoring, but more to explain why the PGA of America is so opposed to the proposed ban.

At 83 years old, Palmer is the chief of the golf tribe, and his perspective matters. But, for a guy who once was adamant in his support of a non-conforming driver because it posed no harm, his current views on the anchoring topic are interesting.

I double dare you to say that to The King's face!

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Guess it's a good thing Palmer never won a PGA. They've got nothing to hold over him.
03.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterFWIW
Now that's what I call driving a stake in the chest & belly of the anchoring crowd. Nice job splashing holy water on the ball too.
03.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
The King's Speech is excellent. As "for a guy who once was adamant in his support of a non-conforming driver because it posed no harm," Arnie brought that one on himself, and it was inexcusable. However, his point was that for casual play, as in his daily shootout at Bay Hill, it was OK if everyone agreed. He was wrong unless the card at Bay Hill did not say "USGA Rules of Golf Govern Play." But his stand for Ely Callaway is not even in the same galaxy compared to what the PGA of America seems to have in mind.
03.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
I would be fine with the ban if it was actually on the "contraption". Maybe somebody should remind Arnie that the ban is on a method of swinging - the very first in the history of the game!

Maybe somebody should remind him that for 600 years, the rules have NEVER dictated how a golfer decides to swing his golf clubs.

Go ahead and ban the clubs as non-traditional. I'd actually be OK with that. But don't LIE and spin it as a ban on a method of swinging the club. That is FAR worse precedent and allows future rules makers to ban all sorts of funky swings and moves. Next thing you know, the claw, the interlock, the overlap, lifting the left heel, a one-handed swing, going past parallel like Daly and Lord only knows what else could be banned because the rules makers don't like it.

Maybe somebody should tell Arnie that the rules makers are usurping the purview of thousands of PGA pros to teach whatever method of swing best fits their students.
03.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterShivas
King takes Bishop every time. I know zero about chess so I hope that is right.
03.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaboy
Arnold is a dumbass. He was born dumb and he's just as big a dumbass now as he was at 20 and 45 and 65, we are talking big, time, dumbass. Arnold is lucky that Mark and Alastair were there to keep him from completely screwing up everything. Despite the pleading of close friends and advisors, in direct opposition of the USGA Arnold accepted cold hard cash from Callaway to endorse an illegal driver. Arnold should not have a seat at the table in this debate.
03.20.2013 | Unregistered Commenter"33"
Playboy-love it!!Long time since I've read so much nonsense in a couple of posts tho!!33-you are entitled to an opinion and the most important American professional of all time doesn't,Sheesh!!
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico
Arnie thinks golf is too inexpensive, too. Great source.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterghost Golfer
Next time a player leans up aganst a (branch, tree or object / structure) to get a shot at the ball, it should be called anchoring.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered Commentersidvicius
i hate the anchor, that why i'm rooting for every major this year to be won by someone using the anchor. no way it wouldn't be banned if that happened.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBill
@ Shivas,

I'm no expert, but I think there have been methods of swinging the putter banned, or ruled illegal before.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Why attack Mr. Palmer personally? The man deserves respect. He helped make the Tour and golf what it is today.

I am with him on the ball and anchoring.

If taking money to promote an illegal driver is true that is disappointing. He surely does not need the money. But if it helps the guy enjoy the game more I personally do not care. Just as I don't care if a guy in a group of friends anchors if the friends do not care. Many golfers today do not play by USGA rules. Their grooves are non-compliant, they take mulligans, they take gimmes, they test the sand, they don't go back when they lose a ball etc. Who cares if they add anchoring or use an illegal driver if it is in the name of enjoying the game? I don't. Let's not pretend how pure every golfer is.

But let's all have the class to treat others with class and not resort to name calling. That is disrespectful and uncalled for.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim
"Contraption"...LOL, you nailed it Arnie. Could also be called a "fulcrum supported ball-roller-stick" as well.

And one last thought. All this talk about banning a putting "style" is a's always been about the belly-putters imo.

I Agree 110% that the broomstick is a totally different style of putting, my non-golfing friends can all see that from 100yds away due to the posture and arm positions required. But that gawd-awful belly-putter technique is about 99.9% the same as a regular style all the way from posture, grip, and arm positions. A seasoned golf fan would have to get real close (and at the proper angle) to even see the teaching aid component that's been jammed into a player's belly.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Dissing Arnold is like dissing the Pope or the President. One may disagree, but disrespect is unacceptable and, yes, disrespectful of the office. Arnold is to golf what Francis is to the Church what Obama is to our country. Ok, maybe that's one gin too many, but you get my drift.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer

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