Please correct me if I am wrong but ..... the PGA of America is against the ban because -
"We have serious concerns on how the ban on anchoring could affect the enjoyment of the game by our amateur customers," he explained. "Over the past few months, I have received dozens of letters from concerned amateurs ... these people are discouraged and frustrated that the anchoring ban will be imposed after they adopted a previously legal method of putting. Most indicate they will play less golf or quit. The game cannot afford this." - Ted Bishop president of PGA of America
1. There is an assertion that anchoring does not result in any advantages over any other putting stroke.
So if that is the case then just do what meenman suggested in post #960 -
"Even if the (proposed) ban went through, myself and most of the 20+ golfers at my club with broomstick putters, would continue to use them in a perfectly legal way.
It is a stroke we have become accustomed to and it would be a matter of moving the club a quarter inch away from our chests."
meenman also stated in post #969 -
"I toyed around with it when the rumors started. I already use 2 different putter strokes depending on the length of the putt (a full upper body tilt or just using my right hand) I do not put a ton of pressure into my chest as I anchor, so the feeling is not all that different. Really not a huge difference except I am going to need a steady left hand."
meenman I am not trying to pick on you it is just that you use a long putter and you raised some good points.
Surely moving the top hand a fraction away from the chest would not results in golfers that use the long putter to quit or play less golf.
2. Again meenman pointed out that many use the long putter because they have a bad back and they would not otherwise not be able to play or practice more.
This is a very valid concern. But again by merely moving the top hand a fraction away from the chest would still allow them to play or practice as much as they currently do. The long putter has not been banned just the anchoring to the body.
So if anchoring does not afford any advantages and those with a physical issue can still play and practice as much as they want why is the banning such a big issue????
My belief -
Now I can't emphasize this enough ...... the following paragraphs are my opinion only and there are no ways to quantify or prove empirically what I am stating. Please those of you who are against the ban don't jump all over me saying there is no empirical evidence .... I AGREE WITH YOU ON THIS.
I THINK THERE IS AN ADVANTAGE TO SOME GOLFERS WHO USE THE ANCHORING METHOD OF PUTTING ...... omg I've stirred up the pot again.
I play with a golfer who when he gets within 12 inches of the hole he has the yips so bad he just cannot putt the ball into the hole. He take this ugly stab (and that is the only way to describe his stroke) at the ball and hopes somehow it get into the hole. The other parts of his game is just fine. He has tried every grip and it did not help. Then same player started using the belly putter and anchored it against his body, the yips were totally eliminated. He has stated to me that it is really no fun at all when he had the yips and contemplated quiting the game until he starting using the belly putter.
So why doesn't the PGA of America just come out and say it ..... for some golfers with the yips it allows them to enjoy the game more. There is an advantage for some.
Of course by coming out and saying this the PGA Tour would have to restate their assertion that it does not give any advantage and therefore there is no reason to ban the stroke.
OK this will keep the posts going for another 100 pages or so.