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USGA, R&A move forward with ban on anchored putting

The USGA and the R&A announced Tuesday morning that the proposed ban on anchored putting will take effect starting Jan. 1, 2016.

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Anchors away: Belly boys work with short sticks

There’s still time for golfers to drop their anchored putting strokes, but Carl Pettersson and Webb Simpson, at least, are in no hurry to make the switch.


Governing body nixes compromise on anchoring

The ban on the anchored putting stroke will go into effect in 2016 -- for pros and everyday golfers alike.


‘Anchoring 9’ unhappy with rule but won’t sue

Nine golfers who retained counsel in case they decided to contest the USGA’s anchoring ban have decided not to pursue any further legal action.


Tour does an about-face on anchoring ban

The PGA Tour reverses itself and says it will comply with the USGA’s ban on anchored putting but calls for a bifurcation of the rules in allowing amateurs more time to adopt the new rule.


Masters winner is ready to sue USGA/R&A

Adam Scott reveals he is one of nine PGA Tour players willing to go to court over the recently announced ban on anchored putting.


Anchoring case could drag on for years

The attorney for anchorers Tim Clark and Carl Pettersson is prepared to take the USGA and the R&A to court, pending the PGA Tour's decision to back the ban or stick with its anti-ban stance.


Anchorer considers legal action vs. USGA/R&A

The decision by golf’s governing bodies to gan anchoring didn’t surprise Tim Clark, who says he may sue the USGA and R&A for messing with his livelihood. Others using the still legal putting stroke, like Ernie Els, won't switch sticks just yet.


Twitter reacts to anchored stroke ban

Twitter exploded among golf fans on Tuesday morning immediately following the anchored putting ban announcement by the USGA and R&A.


Golf’s skippers drop anchor on anchoring

The USGA and R&A announced Tuesday that they will move forward with a ban on anchored putting. The rule will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016.


Tiger repeats call for an anchoring ban

Tiger Woods makes no secret of his antipathy for anchoring and hopes the PGA Tour will adopt a ban on the putting stroke as soon as golf’s governing bodies say they’ll outlaw it.


Paddy’s belly putter debut is a bust

Padraig Harrington is not the first PGA Tour golfer to sound vociferous opposition to anchoring before doing a 180 and adding a long wand to his bag. After shooting an 80 at Quail Hollow, however, Paddy may pull that putter out of the rotation.


No short stick for The Big Easy

Ernie Els won’t give up anchoring any time soon.


Adam Scott, and the anchored putting debate

The Aussie's win at Augusta will most certainly spark the anchored putting debate once again.


Monty: "Should’ve been banned 20 years ago"

Colin Montgomerie weighs in -- as only Monty can -- on the PGA Tour’s newly unveiled opposition to the proposed anchored-putting ban, warning of the dangers golf faces if it goes forward with two separate regulations.


Two rules on putting stroke could create chaos

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem urges the USGA to ditch its proposed anchored-putting ban.


Ban not "in the best interests" of PGA Tour

PGA Tour’s dislike for the proposed ban on anchored putting -- while the WGC-Match Play Championship airs on another channel.


Ban could become a local rule, says Tiger

Tiger Woods has been a staunch opponent of the way Keegan Bradley and others navigate their long putters. Now he says he’s cool with whatever the rules overlords mandate.


Ernie Els claims long putters are not magic wands

Ernie Els disputes purists’ perception that belly putters possess some sort of magical properties.


Veteran long-putter user’s not happy about ban

Carl Pettersson breaks his silence on the proposed anchoring putting ban and says he may challenge the ruling


USGA head pens open letter to membership

USGA executive director Mike Davis had an eventful year in 2012. Earlier this week he penned an open letter to association members reflecting on the season.


Scott puts conventional putter into play

"Dinosaur" Tom Watson backs the anchoring ban -- sort of -- but not golf as an Olympics sport


Odyssey gets a jump on new putting rule

That didn’t take long. Two days after the USGA and R&A proposed banning the anchored putting stroke, and in what will likely be the first of many such introductions, Odyssey Golf disclosed that its new Metal-X Arm Lock putters will conform with the new regulation.


(Photo: Odyssey Golf)

''We have been working toward solutions for the proposed ban on the anchoring technique for some time now, and working with our tour players, have identified an alternative and tour-proven putting method,'' Chris Koske, Odyssey’s global director, said in a statement on Friday. ''We're now moving quickly to deliver the Arm Lock products that promote a stable and consistent putting stroke for both professionals and amateur golfers.''

The flat stick, which will let golfers stabilize the putter the way Matt Kuchar does -- by resting the shafts against their forearms -- will be available in January in two versions -- the Metal-X #7 and Metal-X DART.

"At Odyssey we were adamant about offering alternative solutions to golfers who might change their current technique based on the recent anchoring proposal," said Austie Rollinson, Odyssey’s principal designer. "We worked closely with many of [the tour players who use Odyssey putters] to dial in the new Arm Lock putters to ensure they perform at the highest level."

Keegan Bradley could be an early adapter of the new club. The first player to win a major with a belly putter practiced Thursday after the opening round of this week’s World Challenge with his Odyssey XG Sabertooth snaking up his left arm, a la Kuchar. Golf’s rules-makers have okayed Kuchar’s stroke going forward.

The Metal-X Arm Lock will retail for $189.99.


Players question timing of anchoring ban

The PGA Tour could enact the prohibition against anchoring before 2016


Keegan Bradley, marked man

Criticized via Twitter, Bradley hopes says he hopes to quiet the jeers this week at Tiger's tourney.


Amateurs: How to survive the long putter ban

Now that the USGA has decreed long putters and anchored strokes to be illegal, does this mean you have to throw away that new belly putter you'll get for Christmas? Not so fast, John Q. Golfer!


Baby Rory rocks the belly!

The real reason Rory McIlroy supports a ban on anchoring:

Rory McIlroy on WhoSay


World No. 1’s all in on anchoring ban

So Rory McIlroy believes that long putters provide his PGA Tour playing partners with competitive advantages? How else to interpret the curly one’s tweet on Wednesday in support of the USGA and R&A’s proposed plan to outlaw the way Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Ernie Els, et al, swing (or don’t swing, according to Tiger Woods and golf’s governing bodies) their belly putters?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Fully agree with the anchoring ban. Better image for the game of golf, skill and nerves are all part of the game. Level playing field in '16</p>&mdash; Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) <a href="https://twitter.com/McIlroyRory/status/273847576791482368" data-datetime="2012-11-28T17:55:24+00:00">November 28, 2012</a></blockquote>

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To recap, McIlroy in 2012:

  • Won his second major
  • Captured five tournaments worldwide
  • Beat Bradley in his Ryder Cup singles match despite almost missing his tee time
  • Earned more money playing golf than any other player on the PGA and European Tours
  • Secured his position as No. 1 in the world for the foreseeable future

And the young Ulsterman boosts golf’s overlords’ plan to yank the big bats from the bellies of his opponents? To the contrary, were the nerve-less 23-year-old with the skills to surpass Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships seriously interested in a more even match-up, he might want to give a few strokes to those he regularly beats up on out there on tour.

For the record, the powers-that-be claimed that their plan to eliminate the practice of anchoring had nothing to do with golfers who used long putters winning three of the past five majors.

“In actual fact, I think we have to make it very clear that this proposed rule change is not directly performance‑related,” R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said during a teleconference Wednesday morning. “It would be extremely difficult to gain any meaningful performance data, because there is no control experiment as to how a particular player might have putted had he been using a conventional stroke as opposed to an anchored one on a particular day. In terms of comparing players that are using anchored strokes with players who are using conventional strokes, there is no compelling data to say one is better than the other. It's an individual thing for individual players.

“But I emphasize,” Dawson repeated, “the reason for proceeding with this rules change is not performance related.”

Rory Mac may beg to differ.


USGA offers ABCs of planned ban on anchoring

A fun infographic from the USGA seeks to explain what's legal and what's not under its proposed ban on the anchoring stroke


Tiger lobbies USGA to outlaw anchoring

Woods worries that youngsters will copy their belly-putting heroes.


Bradley's not happy about pending belly ban

Anchoring offers no competitive advantage, Bradley says


McIlroy to play fewer tourneys in 2013

Golf's No. 1 releases 2013 schedule


Long putter decision expected Wednesday

The USGA is expected to finally make a decision Wednesday on whether or not to ban the long putter. Expect hilarity to ensue.


Gut reaction: Women just say no to long putters

Chicks may dig the long ball but long putters, not so much.


Lefty weighs in on belly putter battle

Keegan Bradley’s mentor, Phil Mickelson, opposes a ban on anchoring


Scott challenges Woods on anchoring ban

Adam Scott thinks Tiger Woods is wrong about anchored putters, and called him out about it.


Aussie's no fan of expected anchoring ban

There is a chance that the USGA and B&A may ban anchoring. Adam Scott would not be in favor of such a move.


Ryder Cup star may sue to keep his belly bat

Keegan Bradley told Golfweek’s Alex Miceli that he would go down swinging his belly bat -- or to court, if necessary -- before he would let golf’s governing bodies pry it from his non-existent gut.


Belly putters provide no edge, says Simpson

A belly putter ban is probably coming, but that doesn't mean Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson won't bellyache


Webb readies for belly ban

The 2012 U.S. Open champ is no fan of a potential ban on the use of long putters. But Webb Simpson is getting ready for such a circumstance just in case.


Bradley experiments with new putter

Keegan Bradley has said over and over that he’s not scared to switch from his major-winning belly putter should golf’s governing bodies decide to ban the big bats. Turns out the defending titleholder at this week’s PGA Championship will have to do links battle with a new flat stick sooner than he imagined -- although putting purists will be unhappy to learn that Bradley, the first professional to win a major with a long putter, won’t be changing teams just yet.

Golfweek reported that during Tuesday’s practice round, Bradley’s trusted Odyssey XG Sabertooth developed a crack at the point where the shaft joins the putter head.

“I think it was a little hot from last week and just popped right off,” Bradley told Golfweek in jest about navigating the long wand to an average of 26 putts per round in his Bridgestone Invitational win.

Because Odyssey could not fix the break, Bradley will roll the rock with a new club that the company built for him last week. The 26-year-old three-time tour winner told Golfweek he was fine using the new stick and that he would find a way to honor the busted one, which he had used to such success since he played on the Nationwide Tour.

“I’m going to do something with it,” Bradley said. “It was good to me.”

Bradley’s father, Mark Bradley, by the way, won’t have to hole up in his condo to watch his son play the PGA, as he did last year. The elder Bradley is on-site this week at Kiawah Island after rearranging his responsibilities at Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club. Formerly the head pro at the Wyoming course, Keegan’s dad is now director of instruction, a position that lets him go on the road more often to watch his son compete in person, according to Golfweek.


Bradley unconcerned about belly ban

Keegan Bradley is not afraid to use a short, flat stick, but he'll use his belly putter as long as it's legal.


Els British Open win adds to belly putter debate

Ernie Els is still not the most proficient putter on the PGA Tour -- but the belly putter has put him back in the game and helped him win the Claret Jug on Sunday at the 2012 British Open.


Webb's major win reignites anchor debate

Belly putters be gone? That seems to be the wish of Royal & Ancient honcho Peter Dawson, but his USGA counterpart, Mike Davis, may not be so quick to ban the belly.

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