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R&A, PGA surveying Euros about possible belly-putter ban

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11:21 AM ET 10.28 | The R&A and USGA are understandably declining to reveal any details of the review into the prospective rule change outlawing the anchoring of clubs, but it is understood an official will make presentations to the professionals at this week's HSBC WGC Champions event in Shenzhen and then at next week's Barclays Singapore Open. Mike Davis, the chief executive of the USGA, has already held such a seminar with PGA Tour players as the executive decide how quickly to implement a ban with three of the last five major winners using belly-putters. They might even decide to bring in a ban in professional competition from the start of 2013, although it is probable they will take a formal vote in March. The decision then would be whether to wait until the end of the current rules cycle which runs through December 2015, or work with golf's professional tours to eradicate this method of putting immediately, before introducing a general ban throughout the amateur game as well.

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October 28, 2012  12:25 PM ET

I don't see why this is an issue.. I've never seen those who use a belly-putter to have an advantage over other golfers who use the regular putters

October 28, 2012  12:44 PM ET

Holy crap! A new golf thread! After only six weeks!! Too bad I don't care one way or another about what type of putter someone uses. Still gotta put it in the hole....

October 28, 2012  01:04 PM ET

Someone legally creates a new idea and methodology on how to successfully improve their game, but now the aristocrats want to punish their creativity and originality. The players who use this technique invested time and took risks to determine if there is a value to using the new approach. Because some are successful, and others are not, this should not be reason to punish those who are. Everyone has the same opportunity to use this technique, but you are not seeing most of the players go this way. It seems the cross-handed grip and the claw should then be illegal as well, if belly putters are made illegal. And why focus on this technique that can help a player play better, but allow for golf equipment, clubs and balls, that make everyone's game better? I am not sure if a line should be drawn, but if one is, then no cross hands or claw grips, and equipment should go back to 1976 standards.

October 28, 2012  01:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Someone legally creates a new idea and methodology on how to successfully improve their game, but now the aristocrats want to punish their creativity and originality. The players who use this technique invested time and took risks to determine if there is a value to using the new approach. Because some are successful, and others are not, this should not be reason to punish those who are. Everyone has the same opportunity to use this technique, but you are not seeing most of the players go this way. It seems the cross-handed grip and the claw should then be illegal as well, if belly putters are made illegal. And why focus on this technique that can help a player play better, but allow for golf equipment, clubs and balls, that make everyone's game better? I am not sure if a line should be drawn, but if one is, then no cross hands or claw grips, and equipment should go back to 1976 standards.

Another consideration is the exclusivity of equipment to players. Tiger Woods has a proprietary ball manufactured only for his use. If standards are to be enforced on how to hold and use a club, then everyone it seems ought to use the same ball.

October 28, 2012  09:46 PM ET

I don't think the average golf fan gives a horse dollop one way or another.

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October 29, 2012  01:56 PM ET

Adam Scott has missed many a crucial putt with that hockey stick he putts with.

October 29, 2012  02:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Someone legally creates a new idea and methodology on how to successfully improve their game, but now the aristocrats want to punish their creativity and originality. The players who use this technique invested time and took risks to determine if there is a value to using the new approach. Because some are successful, and others are not, this should not be reason to punish those who are. Everyone has the same opportunity to use this technique, but you are not seeing most of the players go this way. It seems the cross-handed grip and the claw should then be illegal as well, if belly putters are made illegal. And why focus on this technique that can help a player play better, but allow for golf equipment, clubs and balls, that make everyone's game better? I am not sure if a line should be drawn, but if one is, then no cross hands or claw grips, and equipment should go back to 1976 standards.

That's like saying it should be okay to use aluminum bats in the MLB.

October 29, 2012  09:12 PM ET

The long putter gives an advantage because it allows a better flow through the ball; a smoother pace and tempo. It's an aid for poor pro putters. Beside that; it's ugly. If people like Veejay & Co. can't handle a 35 inch putter to compete they should sit on the sidelines. End of story.

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October 29, 2012  10:42 PM ET

I was gonna comment, but then I thought.........I've got lots of time. This thread will probably be here for a month so I'll think about it a while.

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October 30, 2012  09:15 AM ET
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Adam Scott has missed many a crucial putt with that hockey stick he putts with.

Maybe he should've tried a couple of backhanders on that last stretch at Lytham.

Not a fan of those long putters. I hope they get rid of them.

October 30, 2012  11:47 AM ET

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October 30, 2012  01:26 PM ET

Hello, Golf.

October 30, 2012  05:05 PM ET
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its not the technology...they rest the putters against their guts to stabilize it...like another poster said, its skirting the anchoring rule...if you are staring a put on 18 to win a tourney its easier to stay stabilized if the putter is pushed in your gut, than it is with a regular putter.

Thanks for the replies, these are very good points. If there is already an existing rule in place, why was it not enforced on the very first round where a player used the belly putter? A violation is a violation, why is this one not enforced with the same clarity of the other rules? My understanding had been that this rule was not clear for putting and players investigated, took risks, and some found success with it, but not all. If it is a clear rule why are many players researching to use it?

October 30, 2012  07:47 PM ET
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Maybe he should've tried a couple of backhanders on that last stretch at Lytham.Not a fan of those long putters. I hope they get rid of them.

+1

 
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