Another Slap at the Belly Putter

Another Slap at the Belly Putter

You already know from some of my past Blog posting that I am NOT a fan of the belly putter or any kind of golf clubs or putter that one can brace against or anchor to their body for support.  Of course the Belly Putter has helped some golfers.  No kidding!  Part of the challenge of putting is not having the ability to brace the golf club on your chest which tends to alleviate path problems and possibly nervous hands, (the yips).

belly-putterThe USGA ruled that the bracing or anchoring of the belly putter on your body would no longer be legal in 2016.  An appeal was attempted and it’s a no go.  The ruling moves forward.

Below is a communication that all PGA professionals receive and I thought I would share it with you.  It’s from the President of the PGA Ted Bishop.

PGA-Teaching-Pro-LogoI am writing to inform you that the United States Golf Association (USGA) has decided not to extend the implementation date of Rule 14-1b (anchoring) for amateur golfers beyond Jan. 1, 2016. Last month at the USGA Annual Meeting in Pinehurst, N.C., PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and I outlined our proposal for a “grandfather” period to provide amateurs with more time to adapt to playing without an anchored stroke.

Both the PGA of America and the PGA TOUR have consistently shared strong feelings about this matter with the USGA and we appreciated the opportunity to formally present our views before the USGA’s full Executive Committee.

While we are disappointed with the USGA’s decision not to extend the implementation date beyond Jan. 1, 2016, I know that all PGA Professionals are committed to helping amateur players choose a permissible putting stroke that will help them continue to enjoy the game well into the future.

Indeed, PGA Professionals go to work every day knowing that we are the most respected instructors in the game. This is a new challenge and opportunity that we will embrace, and along with helping PGA TOUR players, we will assist golfers of all abilities in advance of the implementation date of Rule 14-1b.

Finally, we believe that one of the profound outcomes that emerged from the discussion of “anchoring,” is that both the PGA of America and the PGA TOUR have a more meaningful seat at the Rules table for future decisions affecting the game. We strongly believe that such enhanced communication among our respected organizations is essential to the long-term viability of golf.

Ted Bishop, PGA
38th President
The PGA of America