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Examples of Putting Strokes Allowed Under Anchoring Ban

 

On Jan. 1, 2016, golf's new anchoring rule - Rule 14-1b that bans anchoring a golf club against one's body when playing a stroke - goes into effect. While that ban applies to all golf clubs, it's really about the belly putters and long putters that have become more and more popular at all levels of golf.

The ban on anchoring does not affect the clubs themselves; long putters will still be legal. But golfers using them will need to find new ways of using them that do not involve anchoring them against the body.

What kinds of non-conventional putting strokes will be allowed under Rule 14-1b? Below are some photos, courtesy of the USGA, that show some of the different types of non-conventional ways of putting that are allowed under Rule 14-1b. Compare these to putting strokes not allowed under the anchoring ban.

Allowable Putting Strokes/Grips Under Rule 14-1b


© USGA/Fred Vuich

Allowed: Above, traditional grip with mid-length putter.


© USGA/Fred Vuich

Allowed: Above, the player is not anchoring the club because neither the club nor a hand is intentionally held in contact with the body, and because the forearms (although intentionally held in contact with the body) are not used to establish an anchor point.


© USGA/Fred Vuich

Allowed: Above, claw grip with standard-length putter.


© USGA/Fred Vuich

Allowed: Above, With this long putter, the player is not anchoring because neither the club, the hands nor the forearms are intentionally held in contact with the body.


© USGA/Fred Vuich

Allowed: Above, Rule 14-1b allows for the club to be in contact with the forearm during the stroke.


© USGA/Fred Vuich

Allowed: Above, cross-handed grip with standard-length putter.


© USGA/Fred Vuich

Allowed: Above, Rule 14-1b allows the gripping hand to be in contact with the forearm during the stroke.

For more info about the new rule, including video explanations, see our Anchoring Rule page.

 

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