Anchors Away

            USGA Graphic
USGA Graphic

The USGA and R&A put forward the new rule this morning to ban anchoring of the clud. It essentially bans the use of the long putter when anchored against the body. The USGA provides a useful graphic


Keep up to date with our Long Putter Resource quotes page for player quotes. We'll keep updating it as reaction comes in. 


A couple of good early summaries of the new proposed rule announcement by James Achenbach of GolfWeek and Steve DeMeglio at USA Today.


Here's the actual proposed rule:


14-1b Anchoring the Club
In making a stroke, the player must not anchor the club, either “directly” or by use of an “anchor point.” 


Note 1:  The club is anchored “directly” when the player intentionally holds the club or a gripping hand in contact with any part of his body, except that the player may hold the club or a gripping hand against a hand or forearm.


Note 2:  An “anchor point” exists when the player intentionally holds a forearm in contact with any part of his body to establish a gripping hand as a stable point around which the other hand may swing the club. 


Obviously, the toughest thing for any publication was whether to use a pun or not in the headline. "Drop Anchor" shows up a couple times (Fox Sports and Golf Channel) and "Belly Up" show up multiple times. We bravely went with the most obvious pun headline gambling everyone else would have avoided the obvious.


However this ends up, Judge Smails would have been in favour of this kind of ban.


Douglas Han



[the 1:30 mark has actual dropping of anchor]