Oh Mr. Finchem, get real.

Well its no surprise to me really that Tim Finchem is following in the archetypical arrogant manner that is so commonplace amongst the heads of any US professional sports organization. Firstly you have Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner who not only dropped the ball so to speak on the whole “bounty gate” matter, having to ultimately relinquish the reigns to former commissioner, Paul Tagliabue to get it all put to bed but then you have him leading the charge to expansion into the UK. Not going to work, end of story. The English love football but the round one not the “torpedo shaped” version. Let it rest Roger and go count your 30 shmill.

Then there is hockey and Mr. Bettman, a man who I doubt ever skated one lap around an ice rink and certainly never played hockey. If he did he would not have survived one hard body check, you see, as it’s hard to get up when you have no spine.

Now Mr. Finchem. Timmy, Timmy, Timmy, why rock the boat here?

Go with the flow and come down off your lofty perch! You say “ the tour opposed the ban because there was not enough evidence to suggest players had an advantage by using a long putter.” Well if it’s that simple let me help you along here Tim, oleboy.

Last week a friend I hadn’t played with for well over a year joined The Great Dane, Cliff and me for 18 holes here in Canada’s paradise Parksville, BC. Initially there wasn’t anything unusual about Dales game until he reached the first green and pulled out his putter. It must have been over 4 feet long and had white adhesive gauze tape from the top of the grip to 3 quarters of the way down towards the putter head. At 6’ 4 “ it was just right for the big logger and raised my eyebrows a little. He had taken a shaft from an old 3 wood and glued in place. It raised them even more after 6 holes of play when he had one putted every green sinking putts from anywhere from 5 to 25 feet with pure consistency. He explained the obvious, that by anchoring it in his stomach, it took out any hand and arm action and just meant a simple turning of his body. He freely admitted to never putting so well and I had never remembered seeing an 8 handicapper putt like he was getting ready for the PGA tour.

If you need evidence Mr. Finchem, we would actually just call you Finchy by about the 3rd hole in our group, what about one Bernhard Langer, he Mr. Precision, who missed a 4 footer to retain the Ryder Cup and then went on to very lofty heights, using a chest anchored broom stick long putter? Sam Torrance, couldn’t hit a house until he went to the broomstick but then again it just probably helped him deal with the morning shakes as its common knowledge Sam was as adept at hitting the golf ball as he was closing down the bar.

14 clubs, playing from a divot, hitting ball with a lump of mud on it, now these are the obvious rules that need changing but the long putter should have never made it’s debut and we wouldn’t be here arguing over it. Plus Ernie, Keegan and Web would have earned their recent majors with integrity.

Go ahead then put a belly putter in your own bag Finchy if you must or maybe you already have……..aha that’s it, eureka!


My 84 year old dad “squaring” up his shoulders while my wife waits her turn to putt using a 1972 Ping Anser 3 putter.




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Bill Flower

Bill Flower is a passionate golfer and lover of the game who lives on Vancouver Island in Parksville, BC. He has played the game since the age of 10 and has spent many years in the golf business ranging from full time teaching pro to part time professional caddy, golf tour operator and golf writer. He loves to travel with his wife Myra throughout the US and Canada playing and reviewing golf courses of all styles. To date he has reviewed over 125 golf courses.

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  • There is absolutely no doubt that it helps *some* players.. But so does every piece of equipment and shot style. There’s a driver shaft that might help tiger hit 2 more fairways per round and make 90% of the other players on tour worse.. Should it be banned?

    Stricker’s chipping improved immensely when he went to the dead hands chip.. Should the dead hands chip be banned?


    Other players trying that method get worse. Other players switching from the short putter to the long or belly putter get worse.

    Why don’t we focus on rule changes that make *everybody on tour* better and make golf courses obsolete:

    Roll back the ball.

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  • It is articles like this that reinforce the notion that journalists are Nothing more than scribes. Your comments about professional sport executives just show how ignorant you are. However, questioning the integrity of elite athletes after they reached the highest levels of their sport is classless. Who do you think you are. What garbage you write.

  • The USGA and the R&A SHOULD have banned the anchoring awhile ago, they didn’t so it is now too late! The two rules bodies should now start working on the ball and the springing club faces, and how to keep older golfers from leaving the game.

    Love that green colour in paradise Parksville BC! Lot whiter in Calgary right now.

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