Golf to ban anchored putters

Tiger Woods uses Casey Martin's long putter during a practice round for the 2012 U.S. Open in San...

Tiger Woods uses Casey Martin's long putter during a practice round for the 2012 U.S. Open in San Francisco in June. (Matt Sullivan/Reuters/Files)

IAN HUTCHINSON, For QMI Agency

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In an expected move, the USGA and R&A have announced they will prohibit anchored putting.

Rule 14-1b of the Rules of Golf, first proposed last November, will take effect on January 1, 2016. The decision comes following a 90-day comment period after the proposal was first made.

"Having considered all of the input that we received, both before and after the proposed rule was announced, our best judgment is that Rule 14-1b is necessary to preserve one of the important traditions and challenges of the game 'that the player freely swing the entire club,' " USGA president Glen Nager said.

"The new rule upholds the essential nature of the traditional method of stroke and eliminates the possible advantage that anchoring provides, ensuring that players of all skill levels face the same challenge inherent in the game of golf," he added.

Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, added that he felt all voices were heard in the process.


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