Originally Posted by NM Golf
That being said the more I think about it, this ban just sucks. The ban has been put in place and is being supported by a bunch of people that solely "believe" that anchoring the putter is bad for the game. They "believe" that its not a real stroke. Even the USGA admits there is no proof at all the stroke creates any sort of an unfair advantage. So its being banned simply on "belief"?
a) The USGA (and R&A - why do people keep acting as if this is just the USGA?) has said that they're not banning it because it provides an advantage. It clearly does (provide a mechanical advantage), but that's not the reason they're banning it.
b) They DO get to decide such things. They DO get to decide that distance measuring devices are only allowed by condition of competition, they do get to decide that wedge grooves have gotten too severe, they do get to decide that the stymie is not allowed and your opponent can require you to mark your ball, etc.
Originally Posted by Stretch
I believe he's saying that the arguments and attitude of those opposed to both practices are rather similar. And I agree with him.
They're not the same. Give me a break. The Rules of Golf are arbitrary rules for a game we invented. They have absolutely nothing to do with basic human rights or civil liberties or actual LAW. And I couldn't care less if two people want to marry each other, regardless of either of their genders.
Originally Posted by Lefty-Golfer
as a business person, parent and active memeber of several charitable organizations i have learned you need to pick your battles, there seems to me no logical reason to have this fight.
Here's the deal: they don't feel it's a stroke, and they feel the game of golf will be better off if the practice is prohibited. They're doing it because they think it's the right thing to do.
They've been very clear about that. There was a time when we'd admire a group that stood up for what they thought was right. Now I guess we just say "there seems to me no logical reason to have this fight." They're doing what they think is best for the integrity of the game. Both the USGA and the R&A.