The R&A confirm "Anchoring" is under review. April 23 2012

  R&A                                                          USGA       The R&A’s Chief Executive Peter Dawson confirmed today that the legality of players “anchoring” their putting stroke is under active review by golf’s governing bodies. There  has been a recent upsurge in use of anchored putting strokes on Tour,  not just among older players, Carl Pettersson recently won the U.S. PGA Tour event the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head. In interview after his win, when asked about the long putter, Carl said; " I'll be back to the short one next year when they ban it." I wonder if he had already been informed on the impending rule change back then on April 15th 2012. Any action that the governing bodies may take would most probably be to amend the Rules on method of stroke rather than limiting putter length. Peter Dawson speaking at  a press conference at Royal Lytham & St Annes, venue for this year’s Open Championship, said: “The use of long and belly putters, and in particular any anchoring of the club against any part of the player’s body, has been under review by The R&A and USGA for some time. The recent upsurge in use of anchored putting strokes on Tour has brought the subject into renewed focus. We appreciate that this is a complex and emotive issue that divides opinion. Any decision will be made with the best interests of the game in mind and introduced only after a lengthy period of notice.” No specific length of time was mentioned  for a decision to be made, with the final ruling resting with the Rules committees of The R&A and USGA.