All those manufacturers also make conventional length putters. Ping doesn’t care if you buy an anchored putter or conventional putter just so long as you buy a Ping putter.
The PGA Tour Policy Board along with the four player members took a stance that the ban is a bad idea because it is a bad idea. Maybe they care as much about the integrity of the game as USGA and R&A.
Money talks...it is well documented that the long putters opened up a new revenue market (roughly 15% of all putter sales). That's not chump change. If you think any manufacturer really wants to close one of the fastest growing trends, then I guess we have to disagree.The same goes for representing the players who use anchoring. It really would be in bad form for any PGA player to throw another under the bus because the next time that bus may be running over you. There is somewhat of a code in this brotherhood. Honestly, I don't think that less amateurs will play golf if anchoring goes away and it won't hurt the game as they are suggesting. What it will hurt is some of the stars that have been using anchoring to make a living. Freddy, Ernie, Webb, Tim, Adam, etc. Their best argument is that it has been allowed for such a long time that a whole generation of golfers have trained using it and it could affect their wallets. I can't fathom them saying it is a bad idea because it is a bad idea and we are worried about the integrity of golf.
I will also add this. I guarantee that all the major stakeholders are paying attention to Tianlang. There is a potential for this rising star to have a tremendous influence on an untapped market. Will his influence bring golf to this market and will there be a generation of new golfers that would just start with the belly because that's what he uses? Call it far fetched, but we all know that stars sell equipment. Why else would Nike throw money at Tiger and Rory? Is there a Nike contract in his future? Hmmm....a billion people who could be playing golf. Follow the money.