Today is a day for rejoicing, for dancing in the streets and singing “Anchoring is dead.”
Glen Nager of the USGA delivered a near perfect statement early this morning on why his organization and the R&A decided to ban anchoring. The only improvement would have been to make Rule 14-1B effective immediately, or by the beginning of 2014.
Sure, we have to put it with it for 11 more majors, but if those who anchor have one whit of sense, they will immediately stop the practice.
I will have much more to say about the ban, but for the moment, here are some excerpts from my coverage on the majors in which the winner was assisted by anchoring his putter.
“Throughout my years as a fan, which come close to matching (Dan) Jenkins’, I have always rooted for my favorites, but have not openly rooted against the others who are in contention – perhaps because that is not in the tradition of the game.
But now, thanks to the long putter, I openly cheer for certain players to miss putts – and to hit it in the trees, traps, and water, of which there is plenty at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
And so, as the leaders play today, I will be rooting against the Long Putters, and it will make me smile if/when these turncoats choke because the great Dan Jenkins will be similarly applauding their assorted disasters.
Won’t you join us?”
2012 U.S. Open
“According to 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, Arnold Palmer has “…meant the world to me. I’ve always been such a big fan of the King and what he represents.
Well, if he really believed in Palmer’s values, he would not use the belly putter because, according to the King, ‘It isn’t golf.’ ”
Ben Hogan, who is one of the three greatest ball strikers in history, and who lost his bid for a fifth U.S. Open at Olympic in 1955, felt that putting was a different game. Ironically, belly putting has created a different game – those who use them, and those who don’t.
2012 British Open
“Players using the anchored putter have now had a direct impact on Tiger Woods’ quest to become the Best Ever, and to break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors. Woods finished 3t with Brandt Snedeker, four shots behind Els and three back of Scott. It is no stretch to say that their scores would have been higher than Woods’ and Snedeker’s without the anchored putter.”
“Given his (Adam Scott’s) appearance, swing and physique, his chicken wing stance with the long putter looks all the more ridiculous – and it is far more unsightly than the stances used by Els, Simpson, and Bradley.”
“When his career is over, Scott may have a half dozen majors – a few with the anchored putter, and a few without. We will never know, however, if he would have won any majors with the short putter if he hadn’t first gotten that surge of confidence that came from winning with the long one.”