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#1 clarhamp

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:18 PM

http://www.golf.com/...ting-ban-sunday

#2 TheTrueReview

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:50 PM

Hope so. Now cue the Cabbageman.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:59 AM

Hope so. Now cue the Cabbageman.

Cabbageman [garbageman] , SMS316 , or one of the many aliases you have had on Australian golf forums that you still frequent or have been banned from, please reply Shaun.

#4 Ignoramus

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:10 AM

Tipping the USGA will stay with the proposed ban of anchoring for the good of the game. It is the right thing to do.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:43 AM

There's nothing "right" about it, Raz. It's going to adversely affect a large number of amateurs, but only a few touring pros. The 'spirit of the game' has allowed players to swing their clubs by any method they can conjure up, provided their swing line doesn't go between the feet. Now they're trying to specify how the club is to be gripped, or not gripped. What's next?

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:00 AM

Banning side saddle ;)

#7 Top_Cat

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:05 AM

They use an anchored long putter because they couldn't survive using a traditional short putter.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:12 AM

Would be ridiculous if it ends up effectively being banned for amateurs (for whom there is a good argument that anything that makes the game more fun for people should be okay) but permitted for professionals.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:29 AM

Banning side saddle ;)

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:30 AM

Would be ridiculous if it ends up effectively being banned for amateurs (for whom there is a good argument that anything that makes the game more fun for people should be okay) but permitted for professionals.

That is a likely outcome Deege.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:45 AM

So nothing that makes the game more fun should be banned from the game? I hardly think that is either a logical or sensible idea. Let us hope that whatever decision the rules makers come up with , that the PGA will not decide to get their own way by using a big stick. That will not lead to growing the game. Or even keeping it at the level it is now. I do not see this rule being reversed for pros & not for the rest of the golfing community either.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:51 AM

I hope the USGA and R&A tell the prima donnas to get on and learn to putt without anchoring. There are plenty of alternative ways to hold a putter (claw grip, cross handed etc). I'm sure Tim Clark can find a way that doesn't impede his "wrist condition". A condition that seems to have no affect on the rest of his game.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:55 AM

I hope the USGA and R&A tell the prima donnas to get on and learn to putt without anchoring.

There are plenty of alternative ways to hold a putter (claw grip, cross handed etc). I’m sure Tim Clark can find a way that doesn’t impede his “wrist condition”. A condition that seems to have no affect on the rest of his game.

Nine out of ten people believe that out of ten people, one person will always disagree with the other nine!

Yeah i thought the wrist condition a strange argument... There's nearly no wrists involved with a putting stroke and if it's to do with his grip then as mentioned there are countless alternatives to try.

#14 TheTrueReview

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:56 AM

Go the Finch!! Stick it to em mate.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:28 AM

If 'easier for amateurs' is a driver for rule choices then they should reverse the MOI, driver head size and ball rules. If you are going to try golf and then drop it because it is too difficult nothing will change that. Getting to use an anchored putting strike won't make it easy.

#16 TheTrueReview

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:01 PM

How dumb did Johnny Miller sound when sitting next to Tim Finchem today? There is still NO evidence that anchoring makes the putting stroke easier or provides an advantage. The USGA / R & A made it clear that that is the case when announcing the 2016 changes. I like what Finchem is saying. A voice of common sense in a sea of extreme arguments. Go the Finch!! Stick it to em mate.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:08 PM

I think that what he is saying is truly dangerous. For its whole history, the PGA tour has agreed to accept the rules as handed down by the USGA and the R&A. There have been some occasions where they have made particular rules for the tour (like the one ball rule) but those have been sensible measures which most people don't see as massively changing the game. So now, they have decided they want to take on rule-making as well? Good luck to them.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:35 PM

How dumb did Johnny Miller sound when sitting next to Tim Finchem today? There is still NO evidence that anchoring makes the putting stroke easier or provides an advantage. The USGA / R & A made it clear that that is the case when announcing the 2016 changes.

I like what Finchem is saying. A voice of common sense in a sea of extreme arguments. Go the Finch!! Stick it to em mate.

Well worded argument that. Saying it is no advantage is correct for those who are good putters. Why would someone use an anchored putter if it didn't improve their performance? It is clearly obvious that anchoring significantly assists some people but not others. Now TTR, please, just once, give me a reason why anchoring should remain? What positive influence does it have on the game?

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:31 AM

I got the impression that the argument for anchoring is based on it being permitted for 30+ years without proving an to be an advantage over non anchoring. Miller made the point that anchoring has an advantage in keeping the shaft of the putter on plane, particularly with players who can't do this with a conventional putter. The R&A and USGA regulated putter grips and banned a very popular grip that narrowed towards the butt with a butt stop. This grip was deemed to help players by allowing them to set the last two fingers of the top hand in such a way that gave them an advantage over players that had a uniform grip on the putter. The argument is about advantage - does anchoring give an advantage? The answer is yes it does because everything in the golf swing including putting is about plane.:-)

#20 Duck Trot

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:48 AM

good!




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