Joel Simpson has used an anchored putting stroke while playing golf for the past five years. The initial switch to a long putter was in response to the unfortunate arrival of the yips, not terribly uncommon. More recently, the putting stroke has helped calm Simpson’s hands, which have a tendency to shake from neuropathy, a painful condition he has battled since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 13 months ago.
Far be it for golf’s two governing bodies, then, to tell Simpson he’s using an action that will be against the rules. The 59-year-old Charlestown resident doesn’t care about Rule 14-1b that was approved Tuesday and will ban anchoring, beginning in 2016; Simpson will play by his own rules, even if they fly in the face of the US Golf Association and the R&A.