PGA TOUR POLICY BOARD ALLOWS USGA’S BAN ON ANCHORED STROKES - Rule 14-1b will go into effect in PGA TOUR competition beginning January 1, 2016
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL (July 1, 2013) - The PGA TOUR
Policy Board today acknowledged that the USGA's ban on anchored
strokes, known as Rule 14-1b, will apply to PGA TOUR competitions
beginning on January 1, 2016. In making this acknowledgement, the
Policy Board also passed a resolution strongly recommending, along
with the PGA of America, that the USGA consider extending the time
period in which amateurs would be permitted to utilize anchored
strokes beyond January 1, 2016.
PGA TOUR competitions are conducted in accordance with the USGA
Rules of Golf. However, the Policy Board reserves the right to make
modifications for PGA TOUR competitions if it deems it
"In making its decision, the Policy Board recognized that there
are still varying opinions among our membership, but ultimately
concluded that while it is an important issue, a ban on anchored
strokes would not fundamentally affect a strong presentation of our
competitions or the overall success of the PGA TOUR," PGA TOUR
Commissioner Tim Finchem said. "The Board also was of the opinion
that having a single set of rules on acceptable strokes applicable
to all professional competitions worldwide was desirable and would
The USGA and R&A jointly announced the proposed ban on
anchored strokes in November 2012; then, following a "comment
period," the governing bodies announced on May 21, 2013 that the
ban would go into effect on January 1, 2016.
With respect to golf at the recreational level, the Policy Board
noted that the USGA followed a similar course with respect to
groove configurations on golf clubs in 2008 where the new groove
configurations rule became applicable for elite play in 2010, while
the rule does not apply to recreational play until 2024.
"The Policy Board continues to believe that extending the time
period the ban would go into effect for amateurs would be
beneficial for golf participation and the overall health of the
game," Finchem added.
"Although the Board has elected to follow the USGA in this case at
the elite level, it continues to be mindful of its responsibility
to review future rule changes that might be adopted by the USGA in
order to determine whether they should apply to PGA TOUR
competitions," Finchem said. "It is not inconceivable that there
may come a time in the future when the Policy Board determines that
a rule adopted by the USGA, including in the area of equipment, may
not be in the best interests of the PGA TOUR and that a local rule
eliminating or modifying such a USGA rule may be appropriate.
"Having said that, we have been assured by the USGA that as we
move forward we will have an open and effective communication
process on a number of levels with the decision makers at the
USGA," Finchem added. "Importantly, this will include a
direct communication between the Commissioner's Office of the
PGA TOUR and the USGA Executive Committee. Such a process will
ensure that our position is fully and carefully considered and
addressed in future rule making."
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