By Jim Grundberg – Co-Owner/CEO – SeeMore Putter Company
few weeks ago, prior to the USGA and R&A announcement, I had shared my
opinion about why I felt that a ruling to ban anchored putters might actually hurt
the game more than it helped. In quick
review, here were the main points.
losers in this decision lose much more than the winners will gain. The issue us
about protecting the rights of a minority group.
ruling taints some great accomplishments by some great players, whether the
decision makers believe so or not.
Anchored now means cheating, or an unfair advantage, and this will apply
looking forward and back.
is not a necessary decision at this time.
Without any statistical evidence to support a ban for competitive
reasons, the impact is too harsh vs. the gain.
that the proposed ruling has actually been introduced for feedback and
discussion, and I see the divisions it is creating, I still firmly believe the
best solution would be to abandon this proposal and move on with golf life as
it has been the last few years.
I do have a compromise solution that I will put forward, which should work for
everyone. Common Sense. Practical.
Painless. Without discrimination or alienation.
solution is very simple and addresses the ruling bodies main concerns that the
future of the game should not include kids learning to play golf using an
anchored putting stroke. In the end that
was their major argument. My proposal keeps the new proposed rule 14-1b,
exactly the same. With one huge
twist. Call it Rule of 2000.
Any golfer born on or after Jan. 1, 2000 will
not be allowed to anchor a club. Ever. Rule 14-1b applies. Rule 14-1b doesn’t
apply to golfers born before Jan. 1, 2000.
USGA and R&A talked about how the game of golf was played for over 600
years, with only 35 years or so involving the anchored stroke. The Rule of 2000 should apply at all levels
of competition, from junior golf to the PGA Tour. Golf does not need bifurcation. This is fair to all golfers. It will get the anchored putter out of the
game painlessly, in one generation. Nobody loses. Everybody wins
greatest competitive window is from 13 to 48, or about 35 years. That is the generation that will phase out
anchored putters. If you are 13 today, you have one full generation, yours, to
use this style of putting. If you are 30
right now, and just got your PGA Tour card for the first time using an anchored
putter, you have about 18 years left at the highest levels of competition, and
the thousands of hours you have put in with the anchored putter will not be for
naught. And you will never be called a
“cheater.” If you are twelve or under
right now, tough. You will never know
review, here are my 10 main reasons why no ban at all, or worst case the Rule
of 2000, is a better solution for the game of golf. I look forward to a great dialogue on this
is too late in the game to have a philosophical discussion about whether long
putters should be anchored or not anchored.
Even if everyone believes that anchoring is wrong, we need a fair
solution to the situation we are in.
rights of a minority of golfers will be violated, whether they stand to lose
money, opportunity, status, respect, or accomplishments. This is a high price.
proposal has turned golfers against golfers, organizations against
organizations, and young against old.
For what? Who are the winners?
are no supporting facts to prove that anchored putters make the game
easier. Only opinions. Most believe like everything else in golf, it
is a trade off.
prominent golfers have used the word “cheating” in respect to the anchored
putter. Lets make something perfectly
clear. They have used the same term
about other golf technologies. It is a figure of speech. If golfers at the
highest level really believed anchoring was “cheating”, they would have never
used them. Not Ernie. Not Keegan.
Golfers don’t cheat. Ever.
USGA has attempted to downplay this as a narrow ruling. That just isn’t the case. There are players at all levels that are
already feeling ridiculed, criticized, and labeled. And with a ban, immediately or in 2016, there
will be an asterisk. It is human nature. Being labeled a “cheater” is the worst
thing in golf.
the ruling bodies do not like the way that “anchored” putters look, then why
would the many alternatives proposed not be just as bad? Side Saddle?
Extended pendulums? Arm locks? This is truly a slippery slope. Is this what they want?
has very little to do with a singular stroke or swing. It is completely different than the rest of
the game. It is about rolling the ball into the hole, getting the line, speed,
and alignment right at the same time. Putting is difficult. Period.
is likely that we could go many years until another Major Championship winner
uses an anchored putter. If left alone
entirely the anchored putting trend may very well have died out. Lets not rush its demise, when so many may be
Rule of 2000 allows the PGA teaching professionals to get right to work at
teaching the next generation of golfers the best way to putt without
anchoring. And many golfers of all ages
will certainly want to move away from anchoring sooner, and again this gives
the teachers a chance to work with them now.
This issue is deep down
about fairness, and protecting the immediate rights of the few, while honoring the
long-term wishes of the many, in the fairest way possible. That’s my view. What is your opinion?
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