Originally Posted by Redhook
Very interesting. I have mixed feelings about this. Deep down, I'm happy they're enforcing this rule because, in my opinion and many others, anchoring a golf club goes against the integrity of the game.
On the flip side, as a PGA Professional and Golf 2.0 proponant for growing the game of golf, this is definitely a blow towards making the game more fun and enjoyable for the recreational golfer. Golf is very difficult, too difficult for many, so it's tough for me to see them take anything that makes the game tougher for the average folk.
Long-term, this will help the game. The real problem is it took too long to enforce. This should've been taken care of years ago before it became the animal it is today.
I think the technology aspect of the game needs to be slowed down substantially. About 15 years ago when I was playing a in a lot of tournaments and such I carried a 2 iron as my "safety" tee club. A club that if I hit well I could get up to 240 max. About 5 years ago I got a driving iron that no only is more accurate but longer. Hybrids have made difficult rough shots much easier, drivers now are longer with each model. At some point the technology needs to stop, especially among the good golfers.
My dad was a very good amateur player who couldn't put to save his life. About 20 years ago one of his friends recommended he go to a long putter to help his putting. It substantially helped and it has saved his game has he has lost distance. He doesn't "anchor" the putter his his belly rather he had his top hand loosely touching his chest. A slight adaptation will probably make his putter legal.
As a golfer I am in favor of this, especially among the top level golfers. The game should be difficult to the pro's and low handicappers. But to your weekend warriors I think this may hurt.