I'm beginning to get the same feeling. There appears to be a lot of posturing going on behind the scenes that has absolutely nothing to do with how the game actually should be played. It seems at least possible that the governing bodies may end up selling the game out and going against it's best interests.
On another note, how many "local guys" do you know that would stop playing golf if they couldn't anchor their putter? It seems like some of these pros are turning into politicians that are using the talking points that their lobbyists are urging them to. Otherwise, I have no idea what the hell would give Steve Stricker that impression.
The only local guys I've seen use a long putter with an anchored stroke (2-3 people), all had a 2nd putter and appeared to either be practicing with the long putter or at least not putting it into play in every round.
The "it's bad while we're trying to grow the game" mantra is silly. This thread is 700 posts long, so this has probably already been said at least 5 or 10 times, but new people will still be interested. They start with hand me down clubs, or box sets, or what have you, and they don't even know enough yet to care about a long putter. Nobody is going to decide not to take up the game because a club that they don't even know about isn't allowed anymore. And diehards are not going to stop playing because of this either. The ones who use these putters may grumble, but they're not quitting.
Heck, they could make a rule limiting bags to 10 clubs, or outlawing woods, or something ridiculous like that, and most people would still play. I sure would. I'd just learn how to hit a Tiger Woods stinger off the tee ... and I'd probably score better than I do now! :)
maybe its just my club, but I have only seen 1 person anchor his putter at my course. Another guy has a long putter but doesnt anchor it. I have not seen very many people on the gcatour use them. The few that I have talked to didn't seem to mind all that much.
This reminds me of the aluminum bat change at the college level and down. It was more for safety issue, but still the game has changed and everyone has adapted just fine. I know its not really apples to apples but either way golfers will adjust if they have to.
I think I've maybe seen one player ever using an anchored putter. I know one other person who has one, but I've yet to have the priviledge of golfing with him. (I've beat him the one and only time I've played against him - in a team competition in different groups, but still)