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Readers Respond: How Will You Adjust to the Ban on Anchoring?

Responses: 5


Are you a golfer who anchors a belly putter or long putter when putting? Then you are directly affected by Rule 14-1b (Ban on Anchoring) adopted by the USGA and R&A and taking effect Jan. 1, 2016.

If you anchor, how will you adjust to the ban between now and when it goes into effect?

  • Will you immediately stop anchoring and switch to a different putter?
  • Will you keep using a belly or long putter but without anchoring?
  • Will you continue putting as you currently do, including anchoring, right up until the ban goes into effect?
  • Will you keep using a longer putter, but try different methods such as the arm-lock stance/stroke?
  • Will you switch back to a conventional style?
  • Will you ignore the new rule completely? Will you quit golf in protest?

(Keep in mind that the rule change doesn't prohibit using belly and long putters, just anchoring them.)

If you are a golfer who anchors, tell us how you plan to adjust to the ban on anchoring. (Note: This is not the place to rail against the new rule. If you want to do that, go here. Want we want to know here is how - or whether - you plan to adjust your putter/putting style in light of Rule 14-1b.) Share Your Thoughts


How does this make the game more fun for Amateurs? People are dropping out of golf because the rules are too confusing and complex now. This doesn't simplify anything or add enjoyment to the game. Also I have a bad back and using a long putter and standing perfectly straight is the only way I can putt. The USGA will never get another dime for me and in the tournaments I run, anchoring will still be legal forever.
—Guest curt

Move hand away

I will move my hand away from my chest. I hope my opponents stand at the proper angle to see the space between my hand and chest.
—Guest Broomstick User

Rule 14-1b

The long putter haters final have an excuse they think is marketable. I use a belly putter but don't anchor however, close proximity to my belly will no doubt be enough reason for the haters to declare I'm anchoring. I will ignore them and the USGA. Sounds like our club Pro will ignore for club tournaments also. This rule will only polarize golfers and golf organization.

not giving up

Well, I'm definitely not giving up the game, so that means I'll have to adjust. I plan to take my time in figuring out the best way to go, though. I figure by 2016 there'll be all kinds of new putters on the market, specifically designed for guys who used to anchor. I'm eager to see what the design geniuses come up with.
—Guest dave

Don't Panic!

I've used the broomhandle for 20+ years. This summer, in anticipation of this attack, I moved my left arm away from my body and immediately putted slightly better. Belly putters have a problem but I think most of us broomhandlers should be fine.

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