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January 24, 2013

Inside Golf World Podcast: Shaking things up at the USGA

Set aside for a moment your position on whether or not the anchored putting stroke should be banned.

When the USGA teamed with the R&A last November to announce its proposed rules change that would outlaw anchoring, the governing body was praised for the clear, detailed presentation it offered on the matter. It showed a willingness to take a leadership role on a divisive issue, something critics argue hasn't always been forthcoming from the folks in Far Hills, N.J.

For the cover story in the Jan. 28 issue of Golf World, editor-in-chief Jaime Diaz explores how executive director Mike Davis and president Glen Nager have the association positioned to become more proactive in handling the challenges facing the game.

Diaz tells what he learned during his reporting in this week's Inside Golf World podcast and discusses other issues (growing the game, the U.S. Open and, yes, equipment regulation) on the USGA radar.