Editor’s Note: Needless to say, the social media world lit up on Wednesday with the announcement by the USGA and R&A proposing a rule to ban the use of anchored putting strokes. Here is a sample of the reaction -- both for and against the proposal -- by prominent golfers via Twitter (we will continue to update this feature throughout the day):
@McIlroyRory Fully agree with the anchoring ban. Better image for the game of golf, skill and nerves are all part of the game. Level playing field in '16
The USGA and R&A have proposed a rules forbidding golfers from anchoring long putters ot their body during the putting stroke.
"The PGA has long supported the USGA in its role of establishing the Rules of Golf governing play and equipment. We have representation on the Rules of Golf Committee and we have tremendous respect for the USGA in regard to their critical role in writing and interpreting the Rules of Golf. As our mission is to grow the game, on behalf of our 27,000 men and women PGA Professionals, we are asking them to seriously consider the impact this proposed ban may have on people's enjoyment of the game and the overall growth of the game." -- PGA of America President Ted Bishop
@joostluiten The club annymore.Golf need to be played with your two hands holding a club and not puting it stuck into belly or chest. What do you think?
@wstrick17 How has this happened to golf? Baseball still has the wooden bats, similar balls and leather gloves that it had 100 years ago.
@wstrick17 USGA and R&A are trying to make up for lost time and regretting sitting on their hands for the last 25 years as technology took off
@wstrick17 So if you currently use an anchored putter should you keep it for 3 yrs and make as much $ as you can or switch sooner to get used to it??
@NickFaldo006 #R&A #USGA...good simple proposed change #NoAnchor #NoHindge...now can we crack on! #GrowGolf
@peterjkostis Wow! I think they just said the stroke that Billy Casper used for his 51 tour victories is no longer allowed. Hands&arm against the thigh
@Graeme_McDowell Careful and considered from the USGA/R&A on rule change banning anchoring of a golf club to the body. Only decision that could be made #2016
@Graeme_McDowell With the ban starting Jan 1st 2016 it will be interesting how quickly players start switching methods. Wait it out or start process now?
@elkpga Can't wait to see guys using long putters not anchored!.... #mikedavis #snakekiller
@elkpga I remember guys strokes before they went anchored... Scott Couples Langer Els Pete Senior Orville moody #scary
@elkpga Web Simpson & Keegan Bradley have the most to lose... If they don't win anything post BAN .... Did they really Exist?
@ArronOberholser USGA, USGA, what do you see? I see lawsuits looking at me!!! PGA Tour, PGA Tour, what do you see? I see OUR OWN RULES looking at me!!!
@ArronOberholser Hey Mike Davis, are you trying to get more people to play the game or play checkers?! #bifurcation NOW
@ArronOberholser Love how the USGA and R&A continue to make an already hard game, harder for the average player. #bifurcation
@ArronOberholser Ok, now that this is over with, can we get to the important stuff, like finding a way to NOT have 7500 yard golf courses. #dumb
@ArronOberholser I feel bad for a couple of guys on tour who have made a living with the anchoring method. This could potentially cut some careers short
@garyplayer The R&A and USGA have made the right call on not allowing anchoring whilst still leaving all players to use long putters.
@garyplayer Well said @jacknicklaus the ball is the major problem and needs to be tackled as more & more courses become obsolete.
@garyplayer It's time for bifurcation like most other sports. If you think the game is the same for all, just watch Tiger or Rory vrs your club champ.
@ogilviej I applaud USGA and R&A for making a joint announcement on banning. The world of golf is getting flatter.
@ogilviej USGA and R&A could've sent this press release out as soon as Adam Scott holed the final putt at Lytham & St. Annes.
@ogilviej What if guys who anchor win next 4 majors & FEDEX Cup? They are now knowingly doing something that will be illegal, weird dynamic for golf.
@Steve_Flesch Enough with the 90 days and actual rule change in 3 yrs. USGA just needs to implement the rule and move on.
@JonCurranGolf Where was the USGA and R&A when people were putting with anchored putters 20+years ago. This is a direct attack against specific PGA tour
@JonCurranGolf Players and not a rule to "protect the game".
@JonCurranGolf This ban will not stick.
@djbrigman In my opinion, mistake by USGA n R&A 2 wait until 2016 2 implement ban on anchoring putters. Wait on announcement or take effect immediately
@djbrigman USGA n R&A decision will have a negative effect on those players that do anchor in the media and from fans until 2016. #notfairtothem
@BillyHo_Golf USGA and R&A making the right decision based on the history of the game! Just can't believe it won't be in effect until 2016.
@BillyHo_Golf I think they should allow the Am's to continue to use the anchor method in regular play. Must confirm with rule in tournaments.
@IanJamesPoulter The long putter rule change will cause some unsettle I'm sure. I've always putted with a short putter so I'm not affected by the change.
@GrahamDeLaet I don't agree with the ban on anchoring, but the changes the R&A are making to the Old Course are much more disappointing.
@ChrisDiMarco I think the USGA needs to look at the Drivers size and the golf ball! Making mockery of golf courses. #ballgoestoofar