Justin Rose thinks anchored putting strokes should be banned

Last Updated: 21/05/13 2:45pm

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Justin Rose believes the anchored putter makes it easier for golfers in pressured situations.

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World number four Justin Rose has given his backing to the proposed outlawing of anchored putting strokes in golf.

The game's rule makers - the Royal & Ancient (R&A) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) - are expected to confirm the ban will come into force from 2016 when they hold simultaneous news conferences on Tuesday.

"What I do believe is that under pressure putting with an anchored putter is easier - and that's where I have an issue with it."
Justin Rose

The European Tour has expressed its support, while the PGA Tour and PGA of America both voiced their opposition during the discussion period that followed the initial proposal.

Rose told Sky Sports News: "Putting is a totally different aspect of the game, it is more of a creative side of the game.

"Even if you have the perfect putting stroke, it's not easy to make putts. So, just by having an anchored system, putting doesn't become easy, not by any stretch of the imagination.

"But what I do believe is that under pressure putting with an anchored putter is easier - and that's where I have an issue with it.

"I don't think guys are two or three shots better if they are using it but, if they have a six footer to win a tournament, I believe it makes that particular bit easier.

"Controlling nerves is an integral part of the game and that's the only reason why I would support it being banned."

World number one Tiger Woods is another who has consistently supported the proposed ban and he would like to see it enacted "as soon as possible".

"I hope they go with the ban," Woods said. "Anchoring should not be a part of the game. It should be mandatory to have to swing all 14 clubs.

"And as far as the PGA Tour, I hope they do (ban) it as soon as possible to be honest with you. I've always said that. I've always felt that golf you should have to control your nerves and swing all 14 clubs, not just 13."

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