Anchoring?

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By Scott D

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  1. Scott D

    Scott D
    Rumford, RI

    I can’t stand the way Langer and McCarron are putting. I know the USGA has cleared them and said they aren’t anchoring but I still feel like there cheating. By holding the club against there chest they are anchoring the club against there body giving them better control and an unfair advantage. Anyone else feel this way?

  2. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    And David Hearn too. I wish the rule would have said to make an official stroke, the thumbs must be pointed down the club and the end of the club not resting against any part of the body. That would still allow the claw grip or split handed grip but would force players to use their talent to make a stroke.
  3. Zangetsu

    Zangetsu
    Netherlands

    Noticed the same last time I was watching them play. I was like what the hell, thought anchoring was made illegal. Seems they find a loophole though. Still seems odd to me
  4. 19hole

    19hole
    Woburn, MA

    Not that I'm a fan (one of the slowest guys ever!), Langer doesn't hold the putter against his chest. If you look closer you will see that there is space between his hand and his chest. I don't like it, but it is not anchored and falls into the rules.
  5. Frank P

    Frank P
    Port St. Lucie, FL

    I personally don't like Long putters. Tried one years ago when "The Sarge" Orville Moody made them popular. That said I think it's a dumb rule. Quite a few average golfers who are handicapped and need a long putter come out on the short end of this rule. As far as the pros go, is the USGA to tell us that Bernhard Langer, Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley never missed a putt because of anchoring?
  6. Fred C

    Fred C
    Mansfield, TX

    Can someone name me another golf shot (besides putting) where the hands are positioned above the belt/waist? If it doesn't resemble a conventional golf swing, it isn't a "golf swing". That should be the criteria for ruling a type of stroke legal, or not.
  7. Joey L

    Joey L
    Chico, Ca

    Adam Scott too.
  8. Scott D

    Scott D
    Lethbridge,

    I hate the long putter and the non anchoring / anchoring rule. The R&A and the USGA made a mistake when they enacted this rule. The rule should have stipulated a length that the putter can be. I f they had said the putter can be no longer than say 40" this would have eliminated the anchoring.
  9. Rick D

    Rick D
    Weston, WI

    I used a long putter for two seasons after I ruptured the L5-S1 disk in my lower back. This was during all the discussion on whether the long clubs should be allowed. I could swing a golf club, but standing over putts with a conventional putter was painful. I anchored it against my chest and it allowed me to play. My handicap didn't change, I maintained it while going through my rehab, etc.. But I was called a cheater, which really pissed me off. What I was doing at the time was legal under the rules of golf. 7 epidurals, a lot of physical therapy and now regular workouts, I'm still out playing good golf. I put conventionally, but feel that for some people there are other methods that should be allowed. I've seen Langer and McCarron both demonstrate their method. On TV it looks like they're anchored, but it's just the shirt hanging into their hand. It's probably saved both of them a lot of strain on their backs, and yes, they've won a lot of cash along the way, too.

    A few years ago we had a member at our club that was consistently the lowest round of our league play, multiple club champ, etc.. A scratch player, I heard a lot of grumbling about him. People simply couldn't handle that he was a very good golfer. I then experienced the same thing when I got down to a 1-2. It continues today and the worst offenders are those who rarely practice, aren't very good, and simply don't like it that there are others who are better. They can kiss my behind and I enjoy taking them to the cleaners on the course. When those like Langer, McCarron, Adam Scott, etc., were struggling, then found a different way to putt that helped them win, the complaining really started. Those guys worked hard and got their games back. Give them credit for that. They aren't cheaters.
  10. Frank P

    Frank P
    Port St. Lucie, FL

    Rick D said:

    I used a long putter for two seasons after I ruptured the L5-S1 disk in my lower back. This was during all the discussion on whether the long clubs should be allowed. I could swing a golf club, but standing over putts with a conventional putter was painful. I anchored it against my chest and it allowed me to play. My handicap didn't change, I maintained it while going through my rehab, etc.. But I was called a cheater, which really pissed me off. What I was doing at the time was legal under the rules of golf. 7 epidurals, a lot of physical therapy and now regular workouts, I'm still out playing good golf. I put conventionally, but feel that for some people there are other methods that should be allowed. I've seen Langer and McCarron both demonstrate their method. On TV it looks like they're anchored, but it's just the shirt hanging into their hand. It's probably saved both of them a lot of strain on their backs, and yes, they've won a lot of cash along the way, too.

    A few years ago we had a member at our club that was consistently the lowest round of our league play, multiple club champ, etc.. A scratch player, I heard a lot of grumbling about him. People simply couldn't handle that he was a very good golfer. I then experienced the same thing when I got down to a 1-2. It continues today and the worst offenders are those who rarely practice, aren't very good, and simply don't like it that there are others who are better. They can kiss my behind and I enjoy taking them to the cleaners on the course. When those like Langer, McCarron, Adam Scott, etc., were struggling, then found a different way to putt that helped them win, the complaining really started. Those guys worked hard and got their games back. Give them credit for that. They aren't cheaters.

    Amen, brother!
  11. Frank P

    Frank P
    Port St. Lucie, FL

    The USGA says you are allowed to putt "Side Saddle" a la Sam Snead ( After disallowing him to putt Croquet style aka between the legs.) That doesn't look like a golf swing to me.
  12. Jim K

    Jim K
    Bel Air, MD

    If it's legal, it's legal. I'm sorry but I guess I'm missing the argument apparently. If Langer and McCarron can keep playing this great game at a high level within the rules, more power to them.
  13. I hope they change the rule all together allowing anchoring to happen again. It never should have been removed. I used to do it and it was no panacea of putting. And it was surely much better for those of us with bad backs!

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