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Examples of Putting Strokes Not Allowed Under Anchoring Ban

 

What types of putting strokes are affected by Rule 14-1b, the ban on anchored putting that goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2016? Well, anchored putting strokes, of course.

The photos below (courtesy of the USGA) show golfers some examples of anchored putting strokes that are not allowed by the new anchoring rule, and also of strokes that create an "anchor point" and are, therefore, also banned under Rule 14-1b.

Just keep in mind that the ban on anchoring does not mean you have to stop using belly putters and long putters - the clubs themselves remain legal for play and will continue being manufactured and sold. You'll just have to change the way you use them if you want to continue using them post-anchoring ban.

Also, compare the following images/explanations to examples of putting strokes permitted by Rule 14-1b.

Disallowed Putting Strokes/Grips Under Rule 14-1b


© USGA/Fred Vuich

Not Allowed: Above, the club is intentionally in contact with the player's body.


© USGA/Fred Vuich

Not Allowed: Above, the player's gripping hand is intentionally held against the body.


© USGA/Fred Vuich

Not Allowed: Above, the player is intentionally holding his forearm against his body in order to establish an anchor point.


© USGA/Fred Vuich

Not Allowed: Above, the player's gripping hand is intentionally held against the body.


© USGA/Fred Vuich

Not Allowed: Above, the club is intentionally anchored against the player's body.


© USGA/Fred Vuich

Not Allowed: Above, the player is intentionally holding his forearm against his body in order to establish an anchor point.

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

 

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