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Brent Kelley

PGA Tour, PGA of America Statements on Anchoring Ban

By May 21, 2013

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Two organizations that were vocal in their opposition to the proposed anchoring ban (Rule 14-1b) have issued statements today following the USGA/R&A decision to move forward with the ban.

First, the PGA Tour:

PGA TOUR acknowledges that the USGA has adopted Rule 14-1b which prohibits anchored putting as of January 1, 2016.

We would like to thank the USGA for providing the opportunity for input and suggestions relative to Rule 14-1b over the last several months. During that time, various questions were raised and issues discussed. We will now begin our process to ascertain whether the various provisions of Rule 14-1b will be implemented in our competitions and, if so, examine the process for implementation.

In this regard, over the next month we will engage in discussions with our Player Advisory Council and Policy Board members.

We will announce our position regarding the application of Rule 14-1b to our competitions upon conclusion of our process and we will have no further comment on the matter until that time.

Three months ago, I wrote a commentary titled, "Why the PGA Tour will ultimately go along with anchoring ban."

Now, here are portions of the PGA of America's statement:

We are disappointed with this outcome. As we have said publicly and repeatedly during the comment period, we do not believe 14-1b is in the best interest of recreational golfers and we are concerned about the negative impact it may have on both the enjoyment and growth of the game. Growing the game is one of the fundamental purposes of The PGA of America. ...

At this point in time, The PGA will digest the USGA and R&A's decision to proceed with Rule 14-1b and discuss this matter with our Board of Directors, PGA Sections and, of course, our 27,000 PGA Professionals throughout the country. Our Board will convene in late June during our PGA Professional National Championship and at that time, we will decide how best to proceed. In addition, we will continue to confer with the PGA Tour as they similarly digests this information.

In the meantime, we will immediately do what we do best -- teach the game. Since the end of November, The PGA Instruction Committee has been working on a process whereby our PGA Professionals can help with the transition from anchored putters to a non-anchored stroke in anticipation of this decision. Our PGA Professionals have always embraced our role as problem solvers when it comes to making the game better and more enjoyable for those who play it.

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LPGA will adopt anchoring ban


May 21, 2013 at 10:31 am
(1) joel goodman says:

The stance taken by the PGA and the Tour is wrong and not a unifying factor in golf. To dissent and possibly not comply with the ruling bodies of the sport is detrimental and destructive to the game these organizations claim to love and want to preserve. It is self serving, selfish and foolish. Trying to protect the devious methods used by the inept or just cheaters is a shame. If one cannot make a fair stroke then one must accept the consequences. Shaking hands and nervous behavior is all part of controlling ones self and an integral part of the game of golf. When those parties try to subvert the rules, they work to destroy the game they pretend to protect.

May 21, 2013 at 10:45 am
(2) john ambrose says:

How will they police elbow anchoring. There is no way that an elbow anchors without the forearm touching somewhere. They should have no arm contact with the body if they are looking for a “real full swing” to be applied. The putting strokes today with the little light putters and the super fast greens will never resemble the traditional putting stroke of old.

May 21, 2013 at 7:27 pm
(3) Craig says:

The PGA are capitulating to the tour. The ban will not effect recreational golfers at all as less than 5% of them use anchoring and if banned they will continue to play golf regardless.

May 22, 2013 at 8:54 am
(4) jdcolv says:

With the USGA initiating a new rule (groove rule) to get back at Solheim, and a new anchoring rule because the new USGA president got beat in a match by some guy with a long putter, one can hardly say that the USGA has evidenced any interest in the promotion of the game of golf for the average non-club golfer. For anyone who has read through the myriad explanations of what is and is not allowed, it becomes obvious that a new organization needs to retrieve the rules of golf from the USGA. Perhaps that organization can be the PGA with its professionals who are far better anchored in what is going on in the world of golf than is the USGA. What better place to start than to reject this ridiculous rule change to ban a golf stroke that has been part of the game for over 30 years.

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