Golf Bigs Bans Anchored Putters 5/21/13
The Associated Press
Undated-Golf's governing bodies have banned long putters -- sort of.
Specifically, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club and U.S. Golf Association have outlawed the putting stroke used by four of the last six major champions, effective in 2016.
The new rule does not ban the long putters, only the way they commonly are used. Golfers no longer will be able to anchor the club against their bodies to create the effect of a hinge. Masters champion Adam Scott used a long putter he pressed against his chest. British Open champion Ernie Els and U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson used a belly putter, as did Keegan Bradley in the 2011 PGA Championship.