USGA Denies Extending Deadline on Anchoring Ban for Amateurs

On January 1, 2016 golfers everywhere will be required to use a non-anchored putting stroke as a result of a ban imposed by the United States Golf Association (USGA). Due to a decision handed down by the USGA earlier this week, it appears that date is written in stone.

Related Video: Brilliant Putting Impressions Will Leave You In Stitches

The USGA has denied a request authored by PGA of America President Ted Bishop and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem to allow amateur golfers to be “grandfathered” in to the new putting stroke rule. The proposal would have allowed amateurs to continue using an anchored stroke for a period that extended past 2016.

Anchoring_Article1

You can read Bishop’s full statement on the PGA of America website, but this paragraph sums it up:

“The leadership at the PGA of America and the PGA Tour both believe that it would be reasonable to offer recreational golfers who anchor a longer period of time to convert to the approved method of making a stroke,”Bishop wrote to PGA members back in January. “For example, when the ‘Grooves Rule’ was instituted in 2009, the USGA allowed a 15-year ‘grandfather period’ for amateurs to switch to conforming golf clubs.

“We believe our request for a ‘grandfather period’ can further assist you, the PGA Professional, in transitioning recreational golfers who do anchor, to the approved method,” he added.

I’m not sure how steep the learning curve is for amateurs who need to switch back to a traditional putting stroke, so perhaps the need to buy a new putter is really the bigger issue at hand. Of course, there is a small percentage of golfers who rely on a long putter and anchored stroke due to health reasons, whom this denial will certainly impact greatly.

Related Link: Padraig Harrington has ‘Happy Gilmore’ Shot Mastered

Other Hot Links:

Opinion: Why Care About Anchor Ban If Golfers Already Cheat?
Cheyenne Woods Remixes Uncle Tiger’s Classic Nike Ad
It Takes Two: Friends Team Up For Amazing Trick Shot
David Ortiz Victim of Exploding Golf Ball Trick
9 of Charles Barkley’s Most ‘Turrible’ Golf Swings
Crazy Ben Crane Drains Over-the-Head Putt
Photos: 2014 Golf Swimsuit Gallery

RELATED STORIES

Ancer Calls Out Tiger For Presidents Cup Singles
Tour
McIlroy Breaks Incredible Tiger World-Ranking Record
Tour
Best Shank Ever Results In Unbelievable Up-And-Down
Tour