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Bifurcation and anchoring: The forgotten third group

February 7th, 2013 · No Comments

All of this talk about anchoring and bifurcation assumes that there are only two categories of golfers – pros and amateurs.

Those in favor of bifurcation don’t mind that the pros can’t anchor. However, they believe that those beleaguered amateurs with frayed nerves and bad backs must be allowed to anchor their putters or else they may quit the game.

Fine. But what about the younger players who are still amateurs, but who hope to become pros some day? Their nerves and backs should be in fine shape, and they will not be allowed to anchor should they make it to the pro ranks. In the interim, what are these potential pros in training supposed to do?

Should they anchor while playing junior and college golf when doing so might help them to score confidence building wins and resumes that lead to scholarships? Or, should they train from day one with the short putter and take the long view, even if it costs them some wins at the expense of those who anchor?

And for the younger players who anchor, how easy will it be for them to change to a non-anchored approach once their days as a young amateur is over? Indeed, some of these players could be in for a rude awakening when, after 10-12 years of playing with an anchored putter, they can’t make a putt when they turn pro.

The big objection to my quandary concerning the young amateur is that this will only have an impact on a few golfers. Maybe, once they are in their early twenties. However, kids of high school age and younger are dreamers, and a good percentage of them think they will turn pro someday. So, while their dreams are alive, should they be confused by the choice of to anchor, or not?

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