29 Nov '12, 11pm

Gary Van Sickle's Mailbag: Anchored putting ban, plus a industry mogul weighs in: Gary Van Sickle

Gary Van Sickle's Mailbag: Anchored putting ban, plus a industry mogul weighs in: Gary Van Sickle

You may have already overdosed on opinions about the proposed anchored putting ban that the USGA and the R&A will almost certainly enact in 2016. But I got this e-mail from a golf industry executive with some clever responses to Wednesday's press conference. I thought you might enjoy them, delivered anonymously to protect his business, in this revival of the Van Cynical Mailbag. Hey, Gary, Here is what I heard during that USGA/R&A press conference banning anchored putters (and here is what I think): No players will quit the game because of the new anchoring ban. (Because Peter Dawson says so.) The distance the modern ball travels "has plateaued" and there has been no significant increase since 2002. (Really? That's news to everyone in the golf industry.) Bifurcation of rules between professionals and amateurs would be the end of civilization as we know it. (Even though eve...

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