Back in November we reported that anchored putting was on it's way to being banned and today it is official. The USGA and the R&A, golf's two governing bodies, have just ruled that Rule 14-1b, which prohibits the use of anchored putters, will be effective as of January 1, 2016. This rule will effect 18 percent of PGA Tour pros including Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, and Adam Scott, but only about 1 percent of all other golfers around the world. Although it is worth noting that this rule will only effect pros if the PGA decides to conform, as PGA commissioner Tim Finchem has gone on record saying that the ban was not in “the best interest of golf or the PGA Tour" and PGA of America president Ted Bishop has even said “Bifurcation seems destined if Rule 14-1b is implemented.” Suffice it to say, if the PGA broke off and created it's own governing body, this divorce would be one for the ages and it would make the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, which are run by the USGA and R&A respectively, a hell of a lot more interesting.
Unfortunately for Joe Six-Pack (that's you and me), most of our amateur tournaments are governed under the rules of the USGA. So for those of you who are part of the 1 percent, below is an infographic that perfectly explains what you can and cannot do.
[H/T Golf Channel]