Tour pros were vocal when the anchored putting ban was proposed in December. When the ban became official Tuesday morning, players didn't have quite as much to say, but some golfers still voiced their support, displeasure and confusion over the ruling.
Tiger Woods made his feelings on the proposed anchoring ban known in a press conference previewing the AT&T National on Monday.
Well, I hope they go with the ban. That's something that I've said,
that anchoring should not be a part of the game. It should be mandatory
to have to swing all 14 clubs. There are different ways of making the
butt end of the club move. You've seen it with Bernhard Langer when he
won the Masters putting against his forearm, what Kuch does putting
against his forearm, as well. But it's not a fixed point; the butt end
does travel. So I think that's where guys are going to try and ‑‑ will
figure it out if that's the ban and that's where they go, I think it's
And as far as the PGA TOUR, I hope they do it as soon as possible to be
honest with you. I've always said that. I've always felt that golf you
should have to swing the club, control your nerves and swing all 14
clubs, not just 13.
[Matt] Kuchar-style because I feel like it’s the best chance for me to
Corey Pavin said
“I'm glad it wasn't made across the board where they just banned them,”
said Pavin, who is competing this week in the Crowne Plaza Invitational
for the 30th time. “They have been around too long, well, forever, I
guess – the last 30 years or 20 years. It's a long time to have
something legal and then make it illegal. So I think keeping the putter
in play is a good thing. I'm not so sure that stopping anchoring is
really that big of a deal as far as a change of a rule. I'm not sure if
it was necessary. But that's the way they went and that's what the rules
are now. Well, they are in 2016," Pavin said.
If only 2-4% of worldwide golfers use anchored putters, why do they feel this is "bad" for the game?
— Rich Beem (@beemerpga) May 21, 2013
I could not disagree more with the USGA's decision today. #respectfullytheygotitwrong — Meg Mallon (@MegMallonUSA) May 21, 2013
USGA/R&A have methodically thought through this issue. Consensus and adherence will be key. Two years offers time for litigation to play out
— Olin Browne (@OlinBrowne) May 21, 2013
Can only imagine where all the Media at Colonial will be today....putting Green anyone?#anchorban — Ricky Barnes (@RealRickyBarnes) May 21, 2013
The USGA just cut down a mole hill. Can they now get to the mountain? Which mountain? Driver, ball, slow play,access. You choose.
— Arron Oberholser (@ArronOberholser) May 21, 2013
I'm in support of the ban on anchoring for tournament golf. It should have been done a long time ago though @usga.(Photo: Getty)
— Parker McLachlin (@ParkerMcLachlin) May 21, 2013