With the USGA and R&A’s recent overblown announcement on banning the anchored putting stroke, the Grill Room got to talking about what we thought were more pressing bans.
As much as I don’t like seeing players using long putters (‘looks weird’ is my official stance on the matter), what I wish would be banned immediately would be white golf shoes and white belts. And I’m not just talking about the professionals – this ban needs to cover amateur players and office workers alike. Like crazy PETA people throwing paint on women that wear real fur, I’m thinking about carrying around a can of brown or black spray paint to try cover up any of the offending parties.
After effectively sanctioning anchored putters for years before reversing course and banning them, perhaps what the USGA should ban is ... the USGA.
But while we're waiting for that to happen ...
Ban the practice of picking up and marking your ball after every putt. Once your ball is on the green, you get to put your hands on it ONCE. And make putting continuous.
Ban the ban on repairing spike marks.
Ban tournament courses having pars of anything but 72.
Ban instant TV interviews with the poor saps who have just blown a tournament. Haven't they suffered enough?
Ban handicaps and the whole concept of 'net.' What ever happened to playing against 'Old Man Par' and the golf course? You shoot a 104? Own up to it; don't call it a 'net' 76. Instant benefit: No more sandbagging.
While there are several issues with golf at all levels, the most pressing one has to be the pace of play. This is the 'now' generation, (referring to getting things done immediately, not those awesome CD's) so the solution is to ban things that slow down the game.
Stop with the fourth and fifth practice swing, enough with the laying down on the green to read your three-footer, quit pretending you can play from the tips when you're shooting in the triple digits.
It's bad enough watching a six-hour round on TV, watching one in person, when the group ahead of you has the benefit of driving a cart, is miserable. I don't blame any kids for not wanting to pick up a game that takes an entire day to play. Speed it up in the amateur ranks and the pros will follow suit.