PGA Follows USGA Lead, Bans Anchor Putting Starting in 2016
Professional athletes will do anything to get an edge. Dying for any kind of advantage, golfers have done some whacky things in the past, but none are more embarrassingly awkward than use of belly putters. The oblong poles are an eyesore for starters and anchor putting is just a cheap way to play, anyway.
Finally, the PGA stepped up the plate and announced that anchor putting would be outlawed starting in 2016. The USGA started this notion in May when it decided that belly putters would be illegal starting in 2016 as well.
However, the maneuver has recently brought some good fortune to golfers of all shapes and sizes. Believe it or not, three of the last five Major Champions have used this method in route to the podium — Keegan Bradely, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els have all been criticized for this sole reason.
Oddly enough, Tiger Woods has been the one pointing the finger at the aforementioned trio calling them cheaters for implementing the belly putter in their games — if that isn’t the pot calling the kettle black, then I don’t know what is.
On a positive note, the players on tour will have some time to get back to the basics and once again get used to the usual putters. Moving forward, it’s going to be interesting to see how golfers like Adam Scott, who won the 2013 Masters with this approach, transition away from the anchor putters that guided them to victory.
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