I've tried to be nice and ignore the garbage but this is too much. Just to address a few things...
1. First he says that because he had a bad day with a long putter that it means they shouldn't be illegal because they obviously provide no advantage. Really? So if a baseball player on steroids strikes out it means that they're okay to use because they provide no advantage? One of the dumber arguments I've heard.
2. "They're amateurs policing a professional game." No, dillweed, you're a professional playing a game that's enjoyed by WAY more amateurs than professionals and if you think the USGA should cater to the professionals just because you make your money at it then you don't understand why the USGA exists in the first place.
3. If Tim Clark can swing every club in the bag without anchoring EXCEPT the putter, that's a little hard to believe don't you think?
4. Yeah, it's unfortunate that nerves are a part of the game...for people who aren't mentally capable of controlling them. It's also unfortunate that extreme muscle control is a part of the game...for people who don't have as much muscle control as others. It's also unfortunate that physical strength is a part of the game...for people who aren't as strong. They're ALL part of the game and putting the whole package together is what we ALL strive to do. It's also why we respect the truly great golfers...because we KNOW how hard it is to put them all together. To remove any of those requirements is to lessen the efforts and accomplishments of all the great golfers in our history.
Step down from your little professional, elitist perch and stop acting like the USGA has a responsibility to do whatever the pros want them to do. How about you show a little respect for the traditions of golf. It's a shame the USGA let it go this long before squashing it. That's the ONLY logical argument, in my opinion.
I think it's funny that you label Garrigus an "elitist", when he barely has two teeth that point in the same direction. It has always been the amateur, country club set that have done the looking down upon the riff raff who have to actually play golf for a living. Recall if you will that professionals, in the good old days, weren't even allowed to enter the clubhouse -- so much had they sullied "the traditions of golf" by taking money for their performance! But this isn't the 1900s anymore, and the governing bodies are playing with fire. The groove rule was a complete farrago, anchoring was a stupid fight to pick next, and the ball -- if they go there -- is three strikes and you're out.