The Future of Anchored Putters
My Grandfather told me that Bobby Jones once said golf is a game of nerves. I am sure many greats of the game have said the exact same thing. A shaky putter on the last day, or any day, of a tournament will most likely not lead to victory.
What would Bobby Jones have then said about the anchored putter and how will the people of the future look back on the players that used them and the statistics they created? The anchoring of the putter quite obviously gives an unfair advantage when it comes to nerves. It also gives an unfair adtantage when it comes to wind. I have seen dozens of windy tournaments where this was blatantly obvious.
It was a sad day when an anchored putter won this years Masters. How could those in charge have let things go this far. If Bobby Jones were alive today he would have certainly had something to say about this. He was all about fair play and an anchored putter is definitely an unfair advantage for the few who use them.
I am not going to name any names when it comes to anchored putters, but I am sure most people would know who I am talking about when I say there was a player who had trouble with nerves throughout his career that switched to the anchored putter and then started winning tournaments left and right. He won more tournaments in the few years that followed the switch than he had won throughout his entire career prior and he is not alone in this statistic. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the advantage is very real.
It was the chance of an anchored putter winning the Open today that got me to write this letter. The history of the greatest and longest running tournament in golf would have been forever marred had this happened. I am so happy that Phil Mickeson ended up winning the tournament. Phil came over early and worked very hard on his links golf to win this Open. He is a true practitioner of the game and Bobby Jones himself would have been proud of his effort.
All I can do is hope that an anchored putter does not ruin the history of any more of the great tournaments to come until the day said practice is abolished. I also very much admire the players that had the fortitude to not switch to the anchored putter. It could have helped many players get their first win, or those with many wins get more, but if everyone had switched, the integrity of the game would have been forever lost.