The proposed rule to ban anchoring in golf is still not set in stone. A 90-day comment period on the proposal finishes at the end of this month and it seems Ernie Els is making as many comments as possible.
I’m a massive fan of Ernie Els. Hey, who isn’t? The guy is an out and out legend of the game and I’m told has a heart of gold. While my personal view on the anchoring ban proposal has softened a little over the past few months, I think a lot of Els’ recent comments are just a rehash of all the old arguments which frankly, don’t hold a lot of water.
“There’s no data that really confirms that they have to ban it. If there were 90 percent of the guys using it, or if the guys using it were top of the putting ranks, guys making more putts from 20 feet, more putts from 4 feet … give me something to go by to really make me believe that you have to ban it. But I can’t see them having a really great way of explaining to me why they would want to ban it.”
“Before Webb Simpson won — you guys correct me if I’m wrong here — but I saw a quote of Mike Davis saying that they don’t see the great benefit … that they don’t see that there’s any importance of banning the putter,”
“And then Webb wins, and I win, and then the next thing is they want to ban the putter. So in all honestly, I’m not too sure what their whole reason is behind this whole thing. Because as I say, there’s a handful of guys using it. It’s helped some careers. Some guys cannot putt another way, so there’s some stuff that you have to follow through.”
“As long as it’s legal, I’ll keep cheating like the rest of them.”
I think what he is saying here is that some guys cannot putt very well another way. And for this, I have no sympathy.
Smashing drives takes some skill but making putts and controlling the nerves when the body wants to twitch and squirm is a major part of our game, especially the professional one. It allows for finesse and control among the booming golf that has only arrived in our game over the past 40 years.