EXPLANATION OF DECISION TO ADOPT RULE 14-1B OF THE RULES OF GOLF
Table of Contents
Overview of Review and Comment Process
Review Process Page 3b.
Comments Received Page 4
The Underlying Rationale for Rule 14-1b and Its Benefits to the Game
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
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
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
Rule 14-1b is a Prospective Rule that has No Bearing on Prior Play or Successwith AnchoringPage 29
Rule 14-1b will Promote, Not Hinder, the Health of the Game
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
Comments on Additional Aspects of Rule 14-1b
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