In spite of the fact that you think we are lazy and looking for handouts and have not taken the time to be as enlightened as you, you are still entitle to your opinion, and I will not comment on those insinuations.
It was a general statement about people in general in the USA, is that everyone no. Don't take things I write personally as that's not what they were intended to be. It was more about don't make emotional arguments that have no logic and stop bitching just practice.
The issue here to me is that for 30 years this has been used. Over half of the respondents to this poll have said it should allowed at some level. The USGA and R&A could not possibility careless about what golfers want. The fact that they made this decision and stated that there was no emphical evidence that it is better but they just do not like the looks.
This poll proves NOTHING you have a total of 25 votes for Ban it (12 votes), Keep it (11 votes), Allow it for some (2 votes) the sample size out of the millions of golfers would be less then 1% of the population.
This poll proves nothing, you have a TOTAL of 25 votes for keep it (12 votes), Ban it (11 votes), Split rules (2 votes). I assume world wide we are talking about an estimated number of golfers to be 50 to 60 million people. Lets assume it is 50 million this sample of "what golfers want" is 0.00005% of the total population (25/50,000,000 * 100). People in stats would laugh at you if you tried to give them this size of a sample to prove something. It is more of an entertainment value then real proof.
I would have to assume someone in the USGA / Players Committee is 1/2 way smart and did their homework on the single pivot stroke compared to a 3 to 5 pivot point stroke before making a rule cahnge. The USGA has openly said they are still taking suggestions from "players" for awhile.
I was at a JR tournament around here where I think it was about 1 in 25 in that field had a anchored putter we are talking an IJGA event here future college players and maybe some tour pros. I also have the position of where I get to play golf with 100s of people in a year, playing 4 to 5 times a week as a single on a popular public golf course where I am a member I get to see what is in the bag for still a small population of golfers. I would guess that about 1 out of 50 people I have been randomly paired with use an anchored style putter.
I feel this rule effects less people then what the authors of golf magazines really want to admit to, they are in the business to sell stories (like any news station) and like to stir the pot as much as possible making it bigger then it really is. I read crap like oh everyone that is an AM uses a belly / broom stick single pivot point stroke, it's wrong.
Sorry if i offended anyone with my lazy comments it was more a statement in general and not a personal attack on anyone individual. Why do you think fast food places, junk food are so popular in the states? People are just impatient in general here we want things to happen NOW because our lives are so "busy". Whatever the case it was more about the sociology of the people in the states in general, that's not everyone by any means just a large population a majority probably.
EDIT: I wanted to toss this up as well from Bruce the putting Guru >> http://www.bargolfin...chored-and.html
It is pretty clear an anchored stroke provides a more stable relationship then non-anchored. I personally have always felt like I was cheating my way to lower scores using an anchor but that's just me and my opinion.