Originally Posted by newtogolf
The ones most affected will be the pro golfers and tournament golfers that currently use an anchored stroke and will now have to figure out how to putt with a conventional stroke. Some pro's who are considering the use of an anchored stroke or fear future regulations regarding the stroke or technology may also join the cause.
The problem for the USGA is that while pro golfers are the minority of their membership they are their best marketing tool. You don't want your spokespeople out there trashing your organization or openly on television ignoring your rules.
Yes. But this problem will solve itself. If a ban goes into effect, the top pros who anchor will either adapt and continue to be top pros, which, in and of itself would make it a non issue, (Nobody complains to the ref about the pass interference call he missed if they scored a touchdown on the play anyway) or they won't adapt and then ... they won't be top pros anymore. Once that happens, they will stop being part of the best marketing tool and become irrelevant. They will simply be replaced by other great golfers who can putt without anchoring.
Nobody is going to notice something that isn't there.
Originally Posted by meenman
The general public is not too bright - even on here, a forum full of hard core golf enthusiasts, we have people thinking that there is already a ban in effect or that the actual putters are being banned.
But not really ... you are simply spinning what he said (and explained to you a second time) to fit your narrative. They DECIDED to propose a ban on anchoring. What's hard to understand about that?
The USGA, in making inane rules to keep up with *tradition*, will turn off prospective players. For a body that is supposed to be making it's rules simpler, it is only making them more confusing to newbies.
Newbies could give a rat's rear end about tradition and rules. They just want to have fun. Not being able to use square grooved wedges or belly putters does not make the game less fun for newbies. It's not turning off anybody.
Originally Posted by SCfanatic35
The only place I have heard anyone talking about this topic is on this site. The only guy at my club who anchors his putter, doesn't really care too much. His attitude is I will just have to practice more with my old putter and adjust.
And I bet if you polled most of the guys who are even the most vocal on this very thread, you're not going to find too many that care all that much. I certainly don't.
I think it's a completely unnecessary rule (per Stretch's previous arguments that its just a niche fad and no threat at all) but I also think that it's a perfectly fine rule that isn't going to bother too many people (per Stretch's argument that its just a niche fad and no threat at all).