USGA To Make Long Putter Ruling This Year – My Prediction

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Categories: GolfMiscellaneous

I read an article a day or two ago on Golf Channel stating that the USGA (United States Golf Association) plans to make a ruling on long/belly putters this year.  Personally I don’t think it is the putters themselves which are the issue and I never have.  I think it is the way they are used.  Many years ago Sam Snead putted straddling the target line and that was made illegal.  I predict a similar outcome with “anchoring” putters.  This quote from the Golf Channel interview of USGA Executive Director Mike Davis is quite telling:

“If we make a change, again, if we make a change, it will be Jan. 1 of ’16, and it would be a rules change. We wouldn’t ban the long putter, we wouldn’t ban the mid-length belly putter. We’re looking at the type of stroke that is made.” ~USGA Executive Director Mike Davis

There it is in black and white.  Long or belly putters themselves will not be banned.  The act of anchoring the putter to one’s body, belly, chest, eyeball sockets etc., is what will be banned.  And WHEN that type of stroke is banned will be January 1st, 2016.  Come to think of it, the rule will likely not just include putters.  No club in the bag can be anchored to the body starting in 2016.  Mark it down.

5 responses to “USGA To Make Long Putter Ruling This Year – My Prediction”

  1. John F Duval says:

    I agree with you. Of course, if you can’t anchor the putter, it will make the belly and long putters useless and they will eventually go away. However, I do think the USGA will allow a grace period for amateurs, just like it did for the groove rule change…

  2. Ian says:

    This is a widely discussed topic that receives a lot of attention as of late in the golf world. In my opinion, they will not ban the belly putter or anything like it, however, they will change how they are used in terms of anchoring. I do agree with the fact it is not how golf was played in the old days, but if these putters were band many of the winners of majors or tournaments in the recent past would be hanging their clubs up. Adam Scott, for example, could not putt well at all, once he got the belly putter, however, his game changed tremendously. This is why they can’t ban it, simply because it would take away from the game and the tour players that play in many of these tournaments.





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