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USGA and R&A explanation of anchoring

USGA and R&A explanation of anchoring

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EXPLANATION OF DECISION TO ADOPTRULE 14-1B OF THE RULES OF GOLF
 May 21, 2013
 
EXPLANATION OF DECISION TO ADOPT RULE 14-1B OF THE RULES OF GOLF
 
Page 2
Table of Contents
1.
 
Overview of Review and Comment Process
Page 3a.
 
Review Process Page 3b.
 
Comments Received Page 4
2.
 
The Underlying Rationale for Rule 14-1b and Its Benefits to the Game
Page 6a.
 
The Principles on Which the Rules of Golf are Founded Page 6b.
 
Freely Swinging the Entire Club is the Essence of the TraditionalMethod of Golf StrokePage 8c.
 
Anchored Methods of Stroke Clearly Provide a Player with aPotential AdvantagePage 10d.
 
Empirical Data on Putting Performance Outcomes are Irrelevantand InsufficientPage 13e.
 
Rule 14-1b Will Benefit the Game as a Whole Page 15
3.
 
The Fact that Some Golfers Will Now be Required to Change aMethod of Stroke Does Not Make It Too Late to Adopt Rule 14-1b
Page 16a.
 
Prior Consideration of Potential Rule Changes Did Not Decidethe Anchoring IssuePage 17b.
 
The Rules of Golf are Continuously Assessed and Revised Page 19c.
 
It is Not Unfair to Ask Players to Comply with ProspectiveChanges in the RulesPage 21d.
 
Rule 14-1b Will Not Cause Major Dislocation within the Game Page 22e.
 
Golfers Can Readily Adapt to Making Strokes without Anchoring Page 25i.
 
Golfers May Continue to Use Long and Belly Putters without Anchoring Page 25ii.
 
Many Other Common and Alternative Putting Methods RemainAvailablePage 26f.
 
“Grandfathering” is Not a Viable or Fair Solution
Page 28g.
 
Rule 14-1b is a Prospective Rule that has No Bearing on Prior Play or Successwith AnchoringPage 29
4.
 
Rule 14-1b will Promote, Not Hinder, the Health of the Game
Page 29a.
 
Concerns about Participation Rates in Golf are Not a Basis for Declining toProhibit AnchoringPage 30b.
 
“Bifurcation” of the Rules or the Introduction of an Anchoring Condition of 
Competition Would Be Counterproductive and Harmful to the GamePage 31
5.
 
Comments on Additional Aspects of Rule 14-1b
Page 34a.
 
Enforcement Considerations Page 34i.
 
Determining Whether a Club is Anchored Page 35ii.
 
Understanding the Meaning of "Anchor Point" Page 35b.
 
Disabled Golfers Page 36c.
 
Effective Date Page 37d.
 
Relationship with Other Potential Rule Changes Page 37
6.
 
Conclusion
Page 38
 
EXPLANATION OF DECISION TO ADOPT RULE 14-1B OF THE RULES OF GOLF
 
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EXPLANATION OF DECISION TO ADOPT RULE 14-1B OF THE RULES OF GOLF
 On November 28, 2012, the United States Golf Association (USGA) and The R&Aannounced a proposal to amend the Rules of Golf, effective January 1, 2016, to prohibitanchoring the club in making a stroke. Both organizations indicated that final action onproposed Rule 14-1b would occur in the spring of 2013, and invited interested persons andorganizations to comment on the proposal.Acting through their respective decision-making processes, the USGA and The R&A(through its rules-making company, R&A Rules Limited) have both now approved the adoptionof Rule 14-1b. It will take effect as part of the Rules of Golf on January 1, 2016, at the beginningof the next four-year Rules cycle. The text of the final Rule is the same as previously proposed.That text, as well as a Guidance Document for Players and Officials and other explanatorymaterials, can be found on the respective websites of the USGA and The R&A(www.usga.org/anchoring or www.RandA.org/anchoring). This statement explains the bases for the
governing bodies’
final decision to adopt Rule14-1b and addresses the main questions and concerns voiced by those who opposed theadoption of the proposed Rule.
1. Overview of Review and Comment Process
A. Review ProcessThis final decision was reached after a lengthy and comprehensive process in whichextensive information and a broad range of viewpoints were assessed. The anchored method of stroke has been a subject of controversy within the golf community for quite some time. Thecontroversy intensified during 2011 and 2012 as use of this method began to spike sharplyupward. In February 2012, the USGA and The R&A announced that they would take a fresh lookat whether anchored strokes should be prohibited under the Rules of Golf.Since that time, there has been continuous coverage of the issue in the media,especially in the United States. The USGA and The R&A also received extensive direct andindirect input on the issue. Views were offered from interested persons across the game,

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