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Golf Australia Express : July 2013 - THE OPEN
ON FRIED CHICKEN... Really? Is that the biggest issue the golfing world has to deal with right now? —ANDREW HINCHCLIFFE, VIA EMAIL LETTERS THE R&A AND USGA have tried to close the gate 48 years after the horse bolted. Anchored putting goes back to at least 1965, and all the same objections were as obvious then as they are now. So why didn't they ban it then, rather than waiting 48 years? I remember when Sam Snead got slammed for his croquet-style putting. He didn't even get through one season before his new style was banned. Same with 460cc driver heads, coefficient of restitution (springiness) of the driver face, and many other rules. These were on the R&A's and USGA's agenda quick smart. But it took them 48 years to work out they don't like anchored putters? It's utter nonsense, and they look foolish. So what if someone anchors a putter on his nose or stands on his head, or gets to his knees to putt. Putting is eccentric by nature. Look at Michele Wie's new horizontal putting stance or Robert Garrigus' ridiculous toy putter. This is what makes the game fun, and the R&A and USGA are spoil sports, showing up 48 years too late and too grumpy. —CAL MILLER, VIA EMAIL TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS THE LETTER OF THE MONTH RECEIVES A DOZEN CALLAWAY HEX BLACK TOUR BALLS ON ANCHORING... I totally agree with Mark Allen on the anchor putter issue. I've used a broomstick for the past 8 years (I don't anchor it) and wonder how I would go with a short putter which caused me so much grief for a number of years with short puts. Who is going to decide at club level whether a player anchors their putter. It's an interesting call, as the "belly putters" have been used for up to 70 years; not just a recent addition as often reported. —DAVID BEDWELL, VIA EMAIL Way to beat up a nothing issue. Anchored putters simply don't help that much, otherwise everyone would be using them. I've been playing golf for 29 years and haven't seen anyone who wasn't a pro using an anchored putter. So how is banning them going to have much of an effect on amateur golf? The rules should be the same for all for numerous obvious reasons. Seriously, get some perspective. —ANTHONY MANN, VIA EMAIL YOUR THOUGHTS... LETTER OF THE MONTH IF YOU have to use a long putter then you don"t have the nerve to play in any comp Pro or Amateur. —MERV ROBERTS, VIA EMAIL
June 2013-US OPEN
August 2013 - PGA Championship