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This week, a decision was announced by the R&A and the US Golf Association to outlaw the use of clubs resting against a part of the body, such as the broom-handle or the belly putters, that will come into effect in 2016.
On Tuesday morning, golf traditionalists took a resounding victory, a 2-0 sweep, when both the R&A and the USGA agreed on signing in rule 14-1b, a ban against the use of an anchored putter, which will begin at the onset of the 2016 season.
It's a decision that has been a long time coming and, to most, has been the obvious one to make. The change was proposed on Nov. 28, and after six months of debate and a rare 90-day comment period — there were 2,650 total comments received, 2,300 by the United States — the decision came down.
"We strongly believe that this rule is for the betterment of the game," USGA President Glen Nager said. "Rule 14-1b protects one of the most important challenged in the game — the free swing of the entire club. Anchoring is different: Intentionally securing one end of the club against the body, and creating a point of physical attachment around which the club is swung, is a substantial departure from that traditional free swing."
To be clear, however, this does not mean the ban of the long putter, such as the one used by Matt Kuchar, but the pan of anchoring a longer putter so as to use it as a hinge. Adam Scott, the Masters winner by use of anchor, pressed his against his chest. Webb Simpson (U.S. Open champ), Keegan Bradley (2011 PGA), and Ernie Els (British Open) all hinged at the belly. So this does not mean we will see the end of the long, sweeping style, which Scott hinted that he will likely try when the ban sets in, just that the club will be completely free of the body other than the hands. – By Travis Mewhirter | Yahoo! Contributor Network
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