Since late November, I've been thrilled to read the nearly universal reaction to the USGA and R&A's proposed anchoring ban: really, aren't there bigger issues like the distance explosion and its side effects to deal with?
Shoot, the USGA's Mike Davis even predicted in 2011 would be the reaction if such a ban was ever put in place.
So when I read Rex Hoggard's report on the Player Advisory Council conference call Monday in which one member says "everybody" on the call was against the ban--a point PAC member Joe Ogilvie Tweeted was a false statement by Hoggard's source--this next quote from the source just amazed me.
“He gave everybody a chance to say their opinion,” the PAC member said. “The best point one guy made was there are a lot of other issues than this one to be concerned with.”
That's right, and do these men understand a rejection of the anchoring ban would neuter the governing bodies and virtually gurantee that any discussion of those "other issues" is off the table?
FYI for those of you wondering, here is the 16-member PAC for 2013:
2013 Player Advisory Council
Aaron Baddeley* (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Jason Bohn (Acworth, Ga.)
Andres Gonzales* (Olympia, Wash.)
Jeff Gove (San Marcos, Calif.)
Charley Hoffman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Doug LaBelle II* (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Scott Langley* (Jupiter, Fla.)
Davis Love III (Sea Island, Ga.)
Joe Ogilvie (Austin, Texas)
Geoff Ogilvy (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Ryan Palmer* (Colleyville, Texas)
Webb Simpson (Charlotte, N.C.)
Brendan Steele* (Irvine, Calif.)
Kevin Streelman (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Bo Van Pelt (Tulsa, Okla.)
Mark Wilson (Elmhurst, Ill.)
*Indicates first-time PAC member