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The Biggest Equipment Stories of 2013

From player's switching companies to new rules, there were plenty of plot twists in the golf equipment world this year

December 2013

anchoring the club

Anchor ban/Counterbalanced putters

In 2012, golf's ruling bodies proposed a ban on anchored putting -- and after receiving close to 3,000 comments from around the globe -- the USGA and R&A announced on May 21, 2103 that while they appreciated the comments, they were enacting the rule without changing a single word. Despite much posturing from the PGA Tour, some of its players (who retained legal counsel) and the PGA of America, by mid year everyone had gotten on board. Now it's up to the players who use an anchored stroke to get on with it, at least by the Jan. 1 2016 implementation date. Helping has been the advent of counterbalanced putters, implements that provide the benefits of anchoring without the club being attached to the body.
Courtesy of the USGA
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