OK, so the Great Debate of 2013 has ended, pretty much.
This week, the PGA of America and the PGA Tour both announced that they will fall in line and follow Rule 14-1b, which when implemented in January 2016, will ban the anchored putting stroke. Golf’s professional bodies did ask the governing bodies, the USGA and R&A, for one thing, and that was to extend the implementation date for recreational amateurs past 2016.
The mentality behind the extension for amateurs was simple. The feeling by the PGA and the Tour was that there was no pressing reason to force the ban on the amateur body, so that older amateur golfers might conceivably be able to phase out of their careers by anchoring. Many of these golfers have resorted to anchoring as a defense against the yips, which is a nervous condition that results in consistent misses of short putts.