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The End of a True Golfing Era - The Anchoring Ban!

The End of a True Golfing Era – The Anchoring Ban!

The End of a True Golfing Era – The Anchoring Ban!

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Sunday afternoon, November 22nd will be the last day that the PGA Tour players are permitted to use an anchored putter.  

When they return to competitive golf in January 2017 the new “no anchoring” rule will be in effect. This will really impact golfers like Tim Clark, who have been using the long anchored putter their entire careers.  I have always been against changing this rule.  Not because I use the long putter, because I do not.  But because I don’t think it makes the difference that the USGA and R&A think it does.  Anyhow, that is a moot point now.  

Thanks to Jeff Babineau of for this timely article!

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Tim Clark stood watching yet another 25-footer for birdie slide past the hole at the RSM Classic on Thursday.  He did sign for his 1-under 69 and emerged from the scoring trailer to find two reporters waiting for him – even though he was six shots off the lead.

The End of a True Golfing Era - The Anchoring Ban!

Adam Scott is another PGA Tour player who will no longer be able to anchor!

“Hey,” he deadpanned with a grin, fully realizing the looming subject to be addressed, “anyone want to talk about the long putter?”

This weekend at the RSM will mark the end for the anchored stroke on the PGA Tour.

When players reconvene in Hawaii in January, the U.S. Golf Association’s ban on anchoring will be in place.” Long putters and “belly” putters still can be used in competition; they just cannot be anchored to a player’s body.

For players such as Clark, the use of a long putter anchored to his chest dates back 20 years, to his days when the South African was playing collegiately at N.C. State. Finding another method will mark a considerable adjustment.

To read the rest of Tim Clark’s and other PGA Tour players take on this final week of anchoring, go here!

Source: Golf Week   Jeff Babineau

Pictures: TownePost Network   Getty Images

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