PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem announced on Sunday during the Accenture Match Play Championship that:
“Essentially where the PGA TOUR came down was that they did not think that banning anchoring was in the best interest of golf or the PGA TOUR. I would note that the PGA of America came to the same conclusion after consultation with their membership. Golf Course Owners Association came to the same conclusion, as well.”
I could not have stated my concerns about the ban more clearly or succinctly than he did in that brief statement. (read his full interview)
He went on to point out that there is no data showing that anchoring provides an advantage. He also highlighted that many players have now ‘grown up’ on the anchored putting stroke.
The PGA.com website has a well done series of articles on the subject, starting with one covering Commissioner Finchem’s announcement. There are links to more articles on the left hand side of the page that will give you a good representation of what PGA insiders are saying on the subject.
This debate has caused so much unnecessary controversy, and drama, when there are so many more important things we need to be addressing.
In an article by Steve Eubanks at PGA.com he quotes Azinger as saying:
“It doesn’t make sense. You have drivers that you can change the loft, and the lie angle, and the how much hook or fade you want. But you’re going after a tiny percentage of people who use the bully putter?”
I truly hope the USGA and the R&A rethink and change their position on the anchored putter. I realize it might be embarrassing to change, but I’d rather be embarrassed than fight an unnecessary war with those I’m charged with governing.