USGA and R&A set for final anchored putting decision

Resolution to be made Tuesday morning

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By Ed Greenland on Mon, 20 May 2013 - 09:05

Update 21st May 2013: Anchored putting has been banned.

The decision came in a morning news conference conducted by the USGA and R&A, following the end of the 90-day comment period with the ban taking effect on 1st January 2016.

In that time it's been a hot topic among various players and golf entities after the USGA and R&A announced a proposed ban of the abhorrent looking flatstick on November 28 2012.

The PGA Tour and the PGA of America - which runs the Ryder Cup and the PGA Championship - came out against the ban, while the European Tour, LPGA Tour and other golf organisations have stated they are in favour of going forward with the proposal.

Former major winners Keegan Bradley (2011 PGA), Webb Simpson (2012 US Open), Ernie Els (2012 Open), and Adam Scott (2013 Masters), have all used the putters to devastating effect.

"One of the most fundamental things about the game of golf is we believe the player should hold the club away from his body and swing it freely," said Mike Davis, the executive director of the United States Golf Association, at the time the proposal was announced.

"We think this is integral to the traditions of the game. Golf is a game of skill and challenge, and we think that is an important part of it.

"The player's challenge is to control the movement of the entire club in striking the ball, and anchoring the club alters the nature of that challenge. Our conclusion is that the Rules of Golf should be amended to preserve the traditional character of the golf swing by eliminating the growing practice of anchoring the club."

The PGA of America has suggested such a ban would hurt the development of golf globally and if the ban were to go through, the PGA Tour would need to institute their own laws - something that has never been done.

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