Kevin Sutherland experimented with anchoring a long putter. He even tried it in PGA Tour competition for two tournaments 10 years ago.
It didn't work for him.
"It felt very confining," he said. "I didn't putt that great with it."
Still, Sutherland thinks anchoring provides an advantage.
"I don't want to go so far as to say it's unfair," the Sacramento resident and longtime PGA Tour pro said, "but when you anchor, it allows you to repetitively swing the putter on an arc that's ideal.
"Just because I wasn't able to duplicate that, it doesn't mean an advantage doesn't exist."
Sutherland agrees with Tuesday's decision by the United States Golf Association to ban the anchored putting stroke starting in 2016. He speculates that the increasing number of young players who have always used the anchored stroke, not the recent success of PGA Tour players, is what prompted the USGA to act.
He thinks the PGA Tour will begrudgingly accept the new rule for the overall good of the game.
While surveys have shown that recreational golfers are 2-to-1 in favor of a ban, Sutherland estimated that tour players are similarly against the anchored stroke.
"I'm not hot and bothered either way," Sutherland said. "I don't buy the argument that it cures nerves, but I do think it helps mechanics of the stroke."
Elk Grove's Spencer Levin, who flourished after going to the belly putter in 2010, declined to comment, via his agent, until the PGA Tour decides whether it will honor the ban.
The Northern California Golf Association will abide by the USGA ruling. Marc Arcuri, the president of the Sacramento Golf Council, said his group will almost certainly follow suit.
At the club level, Robert Delgado, the director of golf at Catta Verdera, said anchoring would likely be banned in club events. As for informal gambling games, the members with the most sway will probably get their way.
Sierra View head pro Jim Salazar, a proponent of whatever makes the game more enjoyable for the highest number of people, said he's initially against enforcing a ban.
"When we get to the bridge, we'll talk about it," Salazar said. "Most people anchor for a reason, and I think most people will keep on keeping on."
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