Originally Posted by Fourputt
Would you rather that they said simply that they did it for what they perceive as being "for the good of the game?" That's really all the reason that they need. Any other explanation is just to attempt to satisfy the cynics. Most serious golfers can see exactly what they are talking about when they say that anchoring takes some of the skill and challenge of freely swinging the club out of the game. Why do you think that players like meenman are so adamant that they won't give up the broomstick, and in fact will hold it in such a way that nobdy can actually tell if they are cheating or not? Apparently, they don't want to be challenged by the game.
The real reason for the rule is to try and preserve what is left of that challenge after all of the modern equipment modifications have made other facets of the game easier.
I'm not trying to re-open the debate. I am saying that anchoring didn't seem to be an official problem until professionals who anchor started winning major championships. That doesn't have anything to with the golf I play, or the golf that my 40 million recreational companions play. The authorities could easily have bifurcated the rule, but chose not to. We have baseball and softball, tackle football and touch football, we can have two kinds of golf.
One thing that is "for the good of the game" is to make it easier for the millions of golfers who aren't very good and just want to have fun, and also for the thousands of golfers who have physical limitations that make bending over to putt difficult or painful. Golf is a recreational sport. It belongs to the ~40 million amateurs who play it for recreation, and not the the relative handful who play it for a living.
To the point they made, which you brought up about skill and challenge, so does using a driver with which you can hit the ball all over the clubface and still get something out of the shot, as opposed to the dime-sized sweet spot on a wooden driver that you had better hit or else. So do golf balls that are aerodynamically tuned. So do putters (of "traditional" style) that are structurally balanced to make it easier to keep them square and on line. So does using Gene Sarazen's sand wedge instead of the pitching wedge to get out of a bunker.
If they don't ban those, why did they ban the anchored stroke? Because it looks funny. The same reason the croquet putting was banned. Bobby Jones had a hissy fit because he thought it didn't look like golf, and that was that. Add on because professionals who anchor were winning too many major championships, and there you have it.
Believe me, hitting the ball straight is still a challenge. Chipping close is still a challenge. I tried anchoring for a while, and all it did was give me a different challenge.