Proposed Rules Change to Prohibit Use of Anchored Strokes
29 November 2012
Rule Would Take Effect on January 1, 2016, Allowing for Transitional Period
Belly-Length and Long Putters Would Remain as Conforming Clubs
The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA), golf's governing bodies, today announced proposed changes to the Rules of Golf that would prohibit anchoring the club in making a stroke.
The proposed Rule 14-1b, which follows an extensive review by The R&A and the USGA, would prohibit strokes made with the club or a hand gripping the club held directly against the player's body, or with a forearm held against the body to establish an anchor point that indirectly anchors the club.
FAQs, Images, Videos and Guidelines
The R&A is pleased to provide these responses to anticipated questions concerning the interpretation and application of proposed Rule 14-1b, the reasons for the proposal and the possible effects of adopting the Rule.
Click here to view the Anchoring FAQs
If you would like to submit any comments or suggestions on the proposed Rule, you may do so by email to email@example.com. Anyone wishing to submit comments or suggestions is encouraged to do so by 28 February, 2013. The R&A anticipates taking final action on the proposed Rule in spring 2013.
Click here to watch a video on Anchoring
Click here to view an Image Gallery of Prohibited and Permitted Strokes under the proposal
Click here to view Guidelines for Players and Officials re Proposed Rule 14-1B
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