THIS IS ACTUALLY PRETTY INTERESTING. Golf Channel folks, including rules expert Kendra Graham, demonstrate and discuss the anchored putter ban. What's legal and what's not is more complicated than I thought.
The ban goes into effect on January 1, 2016.
Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley and Adam Scott have already stopped anchoring. As you might expect, their putting stats suffered in 2015.
The R&A and USGA released the 2016 edition of the Rules of Golf on Monday. Here's what they said about anchoring:
Prohibition on Anchoring the Club While Making a Stroke - As announced in May 2013, the new Rule 14-1b (Anchoring the Club) prohibits anchoring the club either "directly" or by use of an "anchor point" in making a stroke. The penalty is loss of hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play.If you watch the above video, then, like me, you might imagine disputes during golf competitions.
"You were anchoring."
"No, I wasn't."
And if it occurs on television, will we soon be going to instant replay?