Bye Bye Belly Putter – Golf Club Anchoring Ban Official

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Categories: GolfGolf For WomenMiscellaneousPGA TourTiger WoodsUSGA

anchor-belly-long-putterAs suspected the USGA and R&A ruling on banning anchoring golf clubs has become reality.  Starting January 1, 2016 anchoring any kind of golf club to the body, not just putters, will be illegal.

The anchoring ban is fine with me. I’ve always been a good putter with a standard blade style flat stick so I don’t use a belly putter.   I tried anchoring a belly putter for about 10 seconds.  The club head was all over the place.  I had absolutely NO control over it in speed or direction.

PGA Tour

Now what will the PGA Tour do?  They’ve come out against the ban on anchoring, though individual players like Tiger Woods are for the ban.  Could we see a mexican standoff between the PGA Tour and the USGA?  That saga will be interesting to follow.

Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Adam Scott might want to start practicing with a shorter putter just in case!

2 responses to “Bye Bye Belly Putter – Golf Club Anchoring Ban Official”

  1. SimonM says:

    Well that’s plenty of time (2 1/2 years) for the belly and broomstick pros to wean themselves off the long ones. I guess part of the delay is so manufacturers can prepare. Amateurs can still use them though, right? Just not in official tournaments I guess.