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Even Slugger White Anchors His Putter...

And Ken Willis found out after a recent round of golf with one of the PGA Tour's two Vice Presidents of Rules and Competitions that Slugger White would give up the game if a universal anchoring ban is enacted.

Slugger says he’d have to quit golf if a universal ban on anchoring comes down. He claims that if forced to use a conventional putter, his hands spasm and, in certain terms, begin to shake like a dog trying to pass a razor blade.

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Really? Quit entirely? Ok. Tough. Suck it up, princess. Golf doesn't need to acquiesce to appease the mob. Frankly, fix the ball and limit the size of the clubheads....Oh, shiite that may have already been lost. shouldn't anchor the damned putter. Get over it and go make some rulings.
05.10.2013 | Unregistered Commenterthebigdad
He could anchor post-ban to play with his friends, of course, but apparently not only must he play but he must play in competition and stand a chance of winning...

And dealing with the yips is beneath him (leave it to lesser mortals like Di Vicenzo and Snead...)

O, and when they invent a training aid that produces drives in the middle of the fairway the rest of us can declare that we would Give Up if we had to play long approaches from the rough...

(we can argue, when strapping young lads don't use it and stlll outdrive us, that there is "no proven advantage" - only an unfair disadvantage for us if we can't...)
05.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSmithy
So Smitty, are you saying Snead wouldn't have anchored? Funny.
Hey slugger, you dont have to use a different putter, just don't anchor it! FFS just take up lawn bowls if you can't putt!!!
05.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBradO
I have had the putting yips pretty bad, and beat them down with some changes in putting techniques with the ordinary short putter. No claw grip, no holding one arm with the other..none of that contorted crap. I never went to the crutch of the long putter that sticks in the belly or the long one (Adam Scott style) fact I never considered it, and I have never even tried one.

I still have at least one putt per round where my hands don't do what their told, but I live with it.

If people have to give up playing Golf, it's their loss. They can always play golf.
05.11.2013 | Unregistered Commentertrysil
If he spasms with the shortest/easiest club in the bag to control....then WTF happens when he's standing over a tricky tee shot with no bailout anywhere in sight and a few bucks on the line??

Again...the ban as totally bass ackwards...the elite must not be allowed to anchor/stabilize one end of the golfing stick...let the rest f the world do whatever they want.
05.11.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Slugger's a great guy and a great ref-I hate his stance on slow play though -and now I hate his stance on this!
05.11.2013 | Unregistered Commenterchico
@Chico: Agree 100% I had the good fortune of Slugger giving me a ruling way back when in Finchems USPGAT Fall Classic (q-school). He was a true professional and couldn't have explained the situation more efficiently. I had a ball plug about 8inches under the lip of the bunker on 9 and he told me how I was allowed to look for it and what to do afterwards...I never knew I could use a rake and basically 'dig'...found it with 45 seconds to spare. He laughed when I said it was the luckiest/best double bogey I ever made in my coulda been a HUGE number.
05.11.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz

Is Slugger's stance on slow play on the record or is it just known via the lack of action the PGA Tour takes with enforcing it's POP policy?
05.11.2013 | Unregistered Commentertrysil
The quit golf slogan that has come from the mouths of some lately is humorous. Basically a cry for attention.
05.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeeWatson
pretty much on record-one quote was "!why ruin a players life with a stop watch"
05.11.2013 | Unregistered Commenterchico
If basketball had not gone to the shot clock, some guy would still be dribbling in the final 4, unaware his team lost 2 -0, as their opponent took a shot. Are pro golfers going to force a ''shot clock''. They are asking for it. How long are the networks going to accept late finishes, or having the program go to TGC for the finish? Look at all the other changes in pro olf for the sake f the TV camera. You can mark my words, if the pros don't pick it up, they will find themselves forced into a much more stringent set of rules.

They were warned, time and time again.
05.11.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
@ dig Obviously you are not a NC or Dean Smith fan? I am not for sure! He did more to promote the necessity of the shot clock than Nasmith did for all of basketball. Watching those boring ACC games back in the 80's with the guards standing in the backcourt holding the basketball on their hip was excruciating. The Ben Crane's of the world are going to wear out their welcome mat and the guys and gals sitting at home watching the tournaments on TV or going to reach for the 'clicker' and change to a LIfetime Movie which has about as much action. Interesting article in monthly golf publication - I actually think it was Golf Digest - about John Schroeder being penalized at the U.S. Open last time it was played at Merion ('81?). P. J. Boatwrite hit him with 2 for slow play and the war was on. The penality was rescended by committee after a 'hearing' and I don't think a penalty for slow play has been added to a player's score in the U.S. Open since - not sure. Anyway, Schroeder and his group (3-somes) played in like 3 hours and 30 minutes and that was deemed slow back then! Just saying! Whre is P. J. when you needed him. He was ahead of his time.
05.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheProfromDover
Quit the game for anchoring? Horse hockey !
05.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKG
Of course people use the boat oar, training aide or whatever you want to call that method cause it helps protect against the yips. These guys would not be speaking out against the ban if it DIDN'T help them put. It's as simple as that. Can't wait till they ban it!!!
05.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterViz
I remember that Schroeder thing, I think. Some of his colleagues were heard saying that maybe he would move if a bird landed on his head. Or something like that. They later apologized, I'm sure.

Regarding the 4-corners, this one says it all:
February 24, 1979: #6 Duke 47, #4 North Carolina 40
Tarheels went into the 4-corners from the beginning and were down 7-0 at halftime due to a few turnovers. The loss by 7 points was poetic.
05.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG

good point on Snead... of course he would have tried and probably liked the anchored putter, yes :-) Absolutely...(doesn't make it RIGHT, but he would've used it had it been available, no doubt). I can picture him now...

Nevertheless, the point I was TRYING to make still stands, I think - that there's something incredibly arrogant about people giving up the game because they struggle with putting, and flouncing out if their long putter is deemed illegitimate in competition. I think it's fair to recall in this context that Hogan, Snead, Di VIcenzo, etc etc etc struggled admirably against the yipping "affliction". I know that for some people the long putter shouldn't be banned. Fine. A tenable position, certainly, and an honorable one. But flouncing off because you struggle with the short ones is, IMHO, much less of a good look.

I'm by no means infallible from 9 inches out. But I will cope as manfully as I can - I reckon better golfers than I am have struggled with short putts - including Snead (perhaps the only similarity between his game and mine....).
KLG et al; for the record UNC averaged more points per minute when running the 4 corners, than they did in their regular offense. Regarding the "79 game at Duke (I was there unfortunately), don't forget that a week later they avenged the loss beating dook for the ACC Championship.
Be happy you got the yips on the greens - I got the full swing yips, and went from being one of the top ten in my age group in the country to playing lefty and having trouble breaking 85. No love from me, whiny anchorers...
05.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
People who oppose anchoring are the whiners.
05.11.2013 | Unregistered Commenterebrumby
I am going to go ahead and predict that the USGA ruling comes out this week. We are after all running out of "spring" pretty quickly, and I don't think they want it coming out anywhere near the US Open or for that matter the Open Championship. They probably have it all ready, but didn't want to add insult to injury and come out with it the week of the Players, not to mention the HOF induction.
05.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Will more or fewer people quit the game over the ban than moved to Canada when President XYZ[1] was elected?

[1] Voters from both major U.S. parties have threatened to leave the country so there's no point in choosing a specific POTUS here.
05.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Peterson
If Slugger gets started in twice-a-week sessions now, with a good cognitive therapist, he should be all set by the time any anchoring ban goes into effect.

He could fix the old-man-in shorts problem tomorrow, with a trip to Jos. A. Bank.
05.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChuck
I almost spelled it "dook." ;-)
Interesting stat. The 4 corners was an abomination all the same.
05.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Al McGuire sure was happy Dean Smith used the Four Corners once too often.

re Slugger White,

I am trembling that such an iconic figure may leave golf.

Probably won't be able to sleep over that possibility.
05.11.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
KLG, we need to go offline with this conversation.

fyg, If the 4 corners works 9 out of 10 times you cannot fault the man for "dancing with the one that brung ya" Let's not forget the injured Heels that day, Lagarde,(Olympian), Davis (NBA rookie of the year) and Ford (NBA rookie of the year as well). Al was much luckier with injuries than he was with strategy.
@No Longer,

Storming back from 12 down at half and then promptly going into the Four Corners wasn't exactly the brightest coaching move I've ever seen.

And as for the Tarheel injuries, please correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Davis and Ford play?

If you dress and play, you forfeit the injury excuse.
05.12.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
I really wish the golf haters would shut up and quit playing instead of pronouncing they will quit if the USGA rules this or rules that. If you don't love the game, we don't want you. Make some room for people who will love the game you yellow bellied sap suckers.
05.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGarland
@fyg Going to 4 corners had worked for him every other game in the tournament, so it wasn't a bad decision, just a decision that didn't work out. Ford and Davis did play, but nowhere near their normal game, another reason that 4 corners was a reasonable decision. Butch Lee was outstanding that day. Felt like destiny for Al, especially after the crazy finish in the semi-final game.

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