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post #1441 of 1852
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Originally Posted by Mulligan Jeff View Post

Curious did governing bodies deem the stroke unfair advantage or against traditional golf swing?


After 1400+ posts are we seriously supposed to repeat it all because you haven't read any of the thread?

post #1442 of 1852
Thanks, done is done.
post #1443 of 1852
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Originally Posted by dave67az View Post

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Originally Posted by Mulligan Jeff View Post

Curious did governing bodies deem the stroke unfair advantage or against traditional golf swing?

 

Google is a wonderful tool, by the way.

This one's a freebie.  Next time please do your own research?  Took me all of 5 minutes to find it.

 

 


Bobby Jones, co-founder of Augusta National and the Masters, told Snead he didn't care for the remedy Snead had found for the yips. Jones relayed his distaste to Joseph C. Dey Jr., executive director of the USGA, who had never been a Snead fan.
 
The wheels to outlaw croquet putting turned very fast. A little more than a month after the 1967 Masters, the USGA and Royal and Ancient GC met in Great Britain on the eve of the Walker Cup and proposed a rules change, subject to final approval by the association's executive committees, that would be effective Jan. 1, 1968: "On the putting green a player shall not make a stroke from astride, or with either foot touching the line of the putt, or an extension of that line behind the ball."
 
"The history of the game cries out that you play it from one side of the ball," Dey said at the time. "Bizarre stances and clubs were beginning to make it look like another game."

 

(http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-tours-news/blogs/local-knowledge/2011/04/sam-sneads-desperate-measures-on-the-greens.html)

 

And 1968 would have been the normal revision year for the Rules of Golf, so nothing special was done that's any different from the anchored putting rule change (or any other rules revision).  It just happened that the croquet issue decision was made during the last year of the four year rules cycle instead of the first year like this one is (the actual proposal to ban anchoring was put forth in November, 2012).  They could have waited until 2015 to make the announcement, but that would have simply let more players start to use the method and create yet more controversy.  In both cases they did what they felt that they had to do, when they felt it was necessary.

post #1444 of 1852

In addition to the ban on the croquet putting style of Mr. Snead, I also read that when he then decided to step to the side of the line and continue putting, Joy Dey also thought about banning that! Then decide not to because it was too close to the original ban and may have looked like it was singling out Mr. Snead. ( or can you really rule about how wide a stance must be?) According to Al Barkow, (in his book about Snead)  he made it clear Joy Dey and Mr. Jones were no fans of Mr. Snead.

 

Barkow made references to Snead's personal life style and his off-color humor at the Master's Champions Dinner. Sounds familiar to me.

post #1445 of 1852

Adam Scott winning the Masters gives the anchored stroke the Grand Slam of Golf, all achieved in just the last 6 Majors (Bradley, Simpson, Els, Scott).

 
While The R&A and USGA will continue to say that they did not come to their recommendation because of any perceived/gained advantage, it will certainly become part of the conversation. This is the death knell of the anchored stroke.
post #1446 of 1852
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Originally Posted by phan52 View Post

Adam Scott winning the Masters gives the anchored stroke the Grand Slam of Golf, all achieved in just the last 6 Majors (Bradley, Simpson, Els, Scott).

 
While The R&A and USGA will continue to say that they did not come to their recommendation because of any perceived/gained advantage, it will certainly become part of the conversation. This is the death knell of the anchored stroke.

 

I think it was already dead, but I think this has more to do with being high profile rather than advantage.  It is obviously an advantage for Scott and some others, but that doesn't mean that it is an advantage in general.

 

In his interview Scott said something he may come to regret.  

 

 

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Q. You won this tournament with two great putts, one on 18 in regulation and one in the playoff. Could you speak to what this win by you now will reshape or further the long putter debate, please? I think four of the last six majors were won with the long putter.

ADAM SCOTT: Well, I don't know what it's going to do. We are all waiting to hear what's going to happen. I don't know that this is going to impact any decisions at all. You know my feeling on it all; that it was inevitable that big tournaments would be won with this equipment, because you know, these are the best players in the world and they practice thousands of hours. They are going to get good with whatever they are using. It's inevitable. (emphasis added)

I don't know that is going to have any impact on any decisions upcoming.

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If the best players in the world are going to get good with WHATEVER they are using, why can't he and the others just get good with an un-anchored putter?

post #1447 of 1852

Screw the comment period and screw 2016....get rid of it NOW.  Nothing's worse than seeing Adam Scott win a Major with that ...thing!

post #1448 of 1852
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Originally Posted by bplewis24 View Post

Screw the comment period and screw 2016....get rid of it NOW.  Nothing's worse than seeing Adam Scott win a Major with that ...thing!

Luckily, no matter how much you want that - it is not going to happen.

Besides, Adam is the first to win with a broomstick, all of the others used a belly putter.
post #1449 of 1852
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Originally Posted by bplewis24 View Post

Screw the comment period and screw 2016....get rid of it NOW.  Nothing's worse than seeing Adam Scott win a Major with that ...thing!

 

It's not going to happen until 2016 because that will be when the next revision of the Rules of Golf is published.  They are on a 4 year schedule and, aside from a couple of major revisions, have been so since 1946.  Despite the debate that it is causing, this is simply not a big enough change to warrant a special update. 

post #1450 of 1852

I was being hyperbolic guys, I don't want it to change now.  I'm just throwing a tantrum because Adam Scott won.  a1_smile.gif

post #1451 of 1852
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Originally Posted by turtleback View Post

If the best players in the world are going to get good with WHATEVER they are using, why can't he and the others just get good with an un-anchored putter?

They will, no doubt ... when they have to.

post #1452 of 1852

The real truth is, Tiger is paying the USGA to ban them in order to gain an advantage...

 

just like he paid them not to DQ him this weekend.

post #1453 of 1852
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Originally Posted by jshots View Post

The real truth is, Tiger is paying the USGA to ban them in order to gain an advantage...

 

just like he paid them not to DQ him this weekend.

USGA has no influence over The Masters rules committee other than creating the rules of golf.  Nice cheap shot attempt though. 

post #1454 of 1852
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Originally Posted by newtogolf View Post

USGA has no influence over The Masters rules committee other than creating the rules of golf.  Nice cheap shot attempt though. 

 

I took it as sarcasm.

post #1455 of 1852
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Originally Posted by newtogolf View Post

USGA has no influence over The Masters rules committee other than creating the rules of golf.  Nice cheap shot attempt though. 

I always forget that you should avoid sarcasm online.

post #1456 of 1852
Going back to Long Putter debate I don't have a problem with it as long as it's not anchored i.e., Matt Kuchar style.
post #1457 of 1852
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Originally Posted by jshots View Post

I always forget that you should avoid sarcasm online.

Sorry jshots, sarcasm meter wasn't working that day, my bad.  c2_beer.gif

post #1458 of 1852
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Originally Posted by bplewis24 View Post

Screw the comment period and screw 2016....get rid of it NOW.  Nothing's worse than seeing Adam Scott win a Major with that ...thing!

 

Absolutely agreed.

 

The vast majority of the players at my club who were watching the telecast in the men's lounge voiced the same opinion and were rooting for anyone OTHER than Scott to win.

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