Originally Posted by longball87
I believe that its being blown out of proportion and that they need to really re-consider this. First i would like to state, i DO NOT use a belly putter or long putter. Since high school, i have been putting with my same Scotty for years and consider it my "bill baroo". I have tried different styles and lengths and being the height that im at (6'5") and found out that i like my Scotty and just made it a bit longer than the norm (37"). I do not think anchoring is cheating by all means, i feel whatever the player feels comfortable with they should use it. Golf is not the game of perfect and that is why i love it!! You can have the worst god damn looking swing, but if it works for you play it! I feel the same with putting. Ive tried the long putter and the belly and to me they didnt work. But for some of the guys on tour or amateur, it works wonders. To me they are making people change their game?? Thats complete load of crap! Just because they feel its "cheating" because your "anchoring", comon folks get with it. My thing is this, if its the best thing on the pro circuit and they "make everything" then why dont every pro convert to it then??? Its not like the groove change way back when, this is just a set up that certain players like and i feel for em. Thats like saying that i cant use my 47 inch driver anymore because its "too long" and i hit it "too far" and its "cheating". Each person has their own way of putting and they should keep it that way!! As i stated previously, if was such a big game changer and made the game "easier" then everyone one of the pros would go to it and would be shooting lights out!
Whether or not players are comfortable with something or whether they like something is really no basis for allowing something to continue. I'm sure quite a few players would be more comfortable with a golf ball that is guaranteed to go straight for 300 yards even on a mishit. I know I'd play a lot better if I could wear some kind of wrist brace to make sure my left wrist is flat at impact. The point is, golf is about overcoming the obstacles and challenges of the game. It's not about changing things so everyone is comfortable with their game. If you have a problem with the yips because you're not as able to overcome your nerves as your opponent is, you SHOULDN'T be comfortable with your game. You need to master that area of the game just as your opponent did. There are no shortcuts to good golf, and there shouldn't be. That's what makes it a worthwhile experience.
You say they're making people change their game but, in fact, those people who use an anchored stroke have changed something that many feel is fundamental to the game: the definition of a stroke.
As for the "make everything" comment, I seriously doubt you meant to put that in quotes because I haven't heard those words from anyone who knows what they're talking about. The ONLY thing I've heard was that some people have the opinion that anchored putting eliminates the "yips", and for golfers who have a problem with the "yips" (and ONLY for those golfers) anchored putting provides an advantage over traditional putting styles. Golfers who don't suffer from that problem probably wouldn't benefit from the anchored style. That's why it's rare that you see anyone go to the anchored style unless they already have a problem with their putting. You don't fix what's already working. If you want to improve, you practice more often.
Golf has challenges that are necessary for it to be Golf. One of these is the challenge of overcoming the mental obstacles. Those who think that the mental obstacles aren't necessary probably have no appreciation for the 17th at Sawgrass. Golf needs holes like that to challenge not only the swing, but the mind. And golf needs the "yips". Removing them from the game (or eliminating them with an anchored stroke) to me is no different than building a golf course with no hazards or rough, and making all the greens perfectly flat with pins dead-center on each one. If you need the game to be easier, take some lessons and hit the range. Golf wasn't created by soccer moms who want to make sure everyone gets to play and everyone gets a trophy at the end of the day. There are winners and there are losers in golf. And if you work hard enough at your game, the reward is you might get to be a winner. There's no reward in taking shortcuts. If that's what folks want, they can save a lot of time and money. Sell the clubs. Use some of the money to buy a bunch of golf trophies and put them on their mantle.