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.
Don't you think the real problem with the average golfer's putting is that it's just not understood and practiced enough? When I "re-learned" how to play golf in my early forties I took good advice from a pro who told me to start from the hole and work backwards, skewing my practice and development towards putting, chipping and pitching. It made me a much more fundamentally sound golfer, I'm sure.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, I think it may have been Penick who explained that a putting stroke and a stroke with any other club really only differ in the length of the back stroke (or something along those lines). This was one of the most beautiful pieces of golf knowledge I ever picked up, that all the rules for hitting a ball well with a putter are in play just as they are with any other club. Return the club to the same position on impact, hands in front to promote ball first striking, etc., it's all the same to me, but just with a shorter swing (and a different grip, of course). I have always thought a belly putter complicated things too much because once you introduce an anchored club, you require yourself to learn a different swing.