Anchored putter ban: An examination of whether anchored putting impacts career success and putting performance
The Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Tour ban on anchored putting (Rule 14-1b) took effect on January 1, 2016. The ban remains controversial because the governance decision appears to have been made without adequate empirical evidence. Accordingly, to investigate the efficacy of the ban, the impact of using anchored putters on PGA golfers' career success and putting performance was examined. PGA golfers ranked in the top 125 were studied from 2009 to 2015. The analysis revealed an anchored putter offered no unfair advantage with regard to improving players' career success or putting performance when compared with standard putter usage by PGA golfers.
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Kim, Jun Woo; Yoon, Sukjoon; Magnusen, Marshall; Yoon, Youngmin; and Kim, Kyoung Tae, "Anchored putter ban: An examination of whether anchored putting impacts career success and putting performance" (2019). Kean Publications. 1304.