“The only club in the bag specifically designed to get the ball in the cup is the putter. Why not learn it first?”
–Jack Burke Jr.
Or, if you’re a long- or belly-putter user, you might need to relearn it. It’s now official. As announced today by the R&A and USGA, the modern technique known as “anchoring” is in the process of being banned.
“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.”
–Mike Davis, USGA Executive Director
Below is a chart on new Rule 14-1b. If it looks rather complicated, don’t worry. You have until January 1, 2016 to study it and learn it.
The R&A and USGA Announce Proposed Rules Change to Prohibit Anchored Strokes