Originally Posted by dave67az
Logical, even if the elbow is "anchored' to the body rather than the forearm?
I guess I don't see how it can be deemed "swinging freely" if one hand is holding the end of the grip stationary.
The USGA proposed rule reads;
"In making a stroke, the player must not anchor the club, either 'directly' or by use of an 'anchor point.'
"Note 1: The club is anchored 'directly' when the player intentionally holds the club or a gripping hand in contact with any part of his body, except that the player may hold the club or a gripping hand against a hand or forearm.
"Note 2: An 'anchor point' exists when the player intentionally holds a forearm in contact with any part of his body to establish a gripping hand as a stable point around which the other hand may swing the club."
This is where the USGA is going to create a nightmare for golfers and tournament directors because it's a very fine line between the elbow touching and not the forearm. Under many circumstances (overweight golfer, loose fitting shirt, rain jacket) it may be quite difficult to discern if the forearm is touching or just the elbow is anchored. Even the pictures they provide aren't conclusive as it's not clear in the approved "Long Putter Not Anchored" if the forearm is touching the torso.
I also heard an interesting argument in favor of the ban, Keegan Bradley appears to be a pretty nervous golfer, lots of starts, stops and jerky motions. The theory is that the anchored stroke is most beneficial on 6' and shorter putts because it helps to reduce the influence of nerves. The show host felt that Keegan's nerves might have caused him to miss some critical shorter putts if he had to take a traditional stroke on the Sundays he won tournaments.