USGA rejects proposal to extend anchoring deadline

The USGA has decided not to postpone implementation of Rule 14-1b, or the rule that covers anchoring a club.

At last month’s USGA Annual Meeting at Pinehurst, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem and PGA of America President Ted Bishop outlined a proposal for a “grandfather” period, in hopes of allowing the amateur golfer more time to adapt to the new rule that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

Bishop in an e-mail to his membership on Tuesday evening said that the USGA rejected the joint request.

“While we are disappointed with the USGA’s decision not to extend the implementation date beyond Jan. 1, 2016,” Bishop said in his email to his members. “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,”

So unless the USGA and R&A have a change in policy, the rule prohibiting anchoring is slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

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