How many players could anchor ban affect?

chart of long putter usage on pga tour
Charlie Kautz via Twitter
Charlie Kautz of TaylorMade put together this chart of long putter use on the PGA Tour this year, before the anchor ban was announced.
By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 | 7:45 p.m.

The USGA and R&A&'s ban on anchored putting strokes has certainly garnered its share of attention for the past few months. But this whole time, I've been wondering exactly how many players would be affected.

It's pretty impossible to get a real handle on long putter usage among everyday golfers. But when the ban was announced, TaylorMade's Charlie Kautz (who goes by the Twitter handle @CharlieTour) pulled together an interesting chart and some stats regarding long putters and the PGA Tour.  

Through the first 21 PGA Tour events of 2013, Kautz counted 287 putters classified as belly, midsize or long – though, he noted, not all of those putters were necessarily anchored. That, he figured, averaged out to 13.6 long putters per field, with the fields ranging from 93 players in the Masters to 156 at the biggest PGA Tour events.

In the Masters, 14 of those players – including, of course, winner Adam Scott – used long putters. And in the 64-man WGC-Accenture Match Play, which he described as the most "elite" field in pro golf, six players used putters classified as belly, midsize or long.

When Kautz posted his chart, he said: ''I'm curious how a line graph showing week-by-week usage'' of long putters trends in the coming weeks and months. It's pretty safe to say we all share that curiosity.





Why wait until 2016? Do it or don't do it I say.


A rather silly survey if ya didn't determine how many were using long putter vs anchored putters. Also in response to Tim's comments, you are apparently just guessing that some disabled vet will be effected. Fact is they can still play golf and they can still anchor the club if they want to. Anchoring the club is just a step away form foot wedges.


The biggest problem with the new ban was solely based on Professional golfers...even novice golfers or weekend golfers like to play by the rules. Did the USGA and the R & A take into consideration; disabled vets or other golfers that have lets say lost a limb do to defending our country or maybe diabetes. These players may have to use a belly putter or long putter to enable them to play the game. The USGA and the R & A are basically taking the game away from these players. Also lets take the term anchoring; if you take your hands off the putter it would not be "anchored" thus in reality was the club ever "anchored"" to start with. They claim that they are preserving the "free swing of the club"; These putters still have to be swung freely. If in fact the belly or long putter was an advantage, why aren't there more pros using them ? The most aggravating thing about this is why the USGA and the R & A waited this long to decide. How much money were golf club manufacturers allowed to profit on with the selling of the belly and long putters. Now these same companies are going to profit on anyone that now is forced to go back to standard putter. or adapt their grip with the long putter so it is no long touching any other part of their body. Maybe the USGA and the R & A will offer a belly and long putter "buy back" for the weekend golfer that was thrilled to buy that "new" putter, now only to have it deemed ILLEGAL.