New Golf Rule Would Ban Anchor Putting: The United States Golf Association and the UK's Royal & Ancient have proposed a new rule to put the kibosh on anchoring putters. Under the rule players can no longer anchor a putter on their body. Fifteen percent of the players on the PGA Tour used an anchored putter this year, 11 percent last and 6 percent from 2006 to 2010, said USGA director Mike Davis. "We believe a player should hold the club away from his body and swing it freely, whether it's a putt, a chip, a pitch, a bunker shot, an iron shot, a recovery shot or a shot played from the teeing ground," Davis said. "We think this is integral to the traditions of the game."