The USGA and the R&A have officially banned the anchoring of a putter in 2016.
There has been much debate and opinions over this situation and the PGA Tour and the PGA of America have stated they won’t follow the banning of the putter. At this point there seems to be a standoff. Many PGA Tour players said they won’t take this lying down and they will file a lawsuit to get this overturned.
I am not in favor of a lawsuit, but I am interested to see what the PGA Tour and the PGA of America will do with this situation. Tim Finchem has softened his position on the putter anchoring debate by saying he does not want two sets of rules, one for amateurs and one for pro’s, but the players may over rule him on this one.
Needless to say the gauntlet has been thrown down and decisions need to be made. The PGA of America’s mission has always been to grow the game.
Will banning anchoring hurt the game? Absolutely. Should anchoring be allowed? Maybe.
I understand the opinions of both sides, but anchoring has been around for nearly a hundred years so it is part of the tradition of the game.
From my readers I have learned that this debate is not that big of an issue across the pond. While here in the states, we are very much bothered by the situation.
Do you agree?
How do you think this will all shake out?
Should the PGA of America and the PGA Tour stand together and allow anchoring to continue?
Is this the time that the PGA steals power from the USGA and creates it’s own set of rules whereas tournaments will be governed by PGA Rules vs USGA rules? Only time will tell, but the gauntlet has been thrown down and more than likely this one will be headed to court.
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