zack175, on 01 November 2012 - 10:40 PM, said:
There might not be a rule against anchoring, but there is a rule against using equipment in an unusual way that it was not meant to be used in.
In practice it may or may not matter but under pressure taking your wrists out of the equation is a HUGE advantage.
I know everyone can use them right now, but the people that choose not to probably believe they would be breaking the rules of the game, and the people who use it are taking advantage of a rule loophole that was Looked over for the mercy of people with back problems so they could still play in official events, because it helped them not having to practice putting hunched over for long periods.
The competitive nature of our great game has caused some of us to take advantage of a mercy loophole
Sorry for being long winded, I feel strongly about this
Anyone who feels they are breaking a non-existent rule deserves to loose, and loose big.
Players who don't putt with them, especially at the professional level, choose not to because they don't putt any better with them. I don't use one because I don't putt better with them; in fact, I think they make it more difficult to putt.
A long putter is just another choice. That's all. They aren't magic.
Finally, if they are banned, they should be banned across all levels. I think bifurcation of the rules is a mistake. Period.