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Banning the possible ban

February 24, 2013 - Mike Mathison
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in an Associated Press article by Doug Ferguson that the PGA Tour opposed the possible ban by the USGA on anchoring a putting stroke.

“We hold the USGA in highest regard as a key part of the game of golf,” Finchem said. “We don’t attempt to denigrate that position in any way whatsoever. It’s just on this issue, we think if they were to move forward they would be making a mistake.”

Very nice call by the Tour.

The PGA of America, an association I was a part of for 17 years also opposes the ban. Nice call there, too.

This stroke has been about since somewhere in the late 1970s and, in my opinion, is really being looked at because 3 of the last 5 major winners on the Tour have used the belly putter.

There really are no stats that prove this type of putting has drastically reduced the number of putts people use during their rounds of golf.

The stroke has been used for thousands because, for one, it is a desperate measure to quit yipping those 4-footers.

This is not about the Tour players who make a living trying to have about 27 putts a round to win a tournament.

This is about the amateurs who want to play the game for fun and the anchored putting stroke is making the game fun.

With the PGA Tour and the PGA of American saying this ban is a bad idea, I would really hope the USGA and R&A head their advice and turn away from banning the anchored stroke.


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