After however many years that anchored putting has been legal, I think it’s absolutely ridiculous the way the USGA and R&A have approached the proposed ban.
All of a sudden, players are winning majors with them and the reaction is, `Oh my gosh, the world’s coming to an end.’
Look at the stats. Adam Scott just won the Masters with a long putter, but the number of people who do win with one is relatively few.
Guys like Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley seem to be the poster boys and they’ve been using them for a long time — they got on tour with them.
I just don’t understand how it can be used for 20 years as a legitimate way to putt and then, they tell people they have to relearn a skill. You’re one of the best players in the world at one of the hardest games in the world and you’ve got to start over, partner.
It just doesn’t seem to be important enough to make such an important decision.
I’ve heard that anchored putting takes away nerves. I’ve got news for you. If you’ve got a 10-footer to win the U.S. Open, having a long putter has nothing to do with if you whack it four feet by or leave it four feet short.
I know because I use one and I’ve done it.
Tim Clark made a great argument when he tells people to go back and watch clips of him playing. He says he’s jerked a lot of three-footers.
I started using a belly putter last May. I don’t think it makes the stroke any better, I really don’t, but the reason I use it is that it makes the set-up more consistent, therefore allowing your stroke to be consistent.
I spent quite a lot of time doing video analysis and one thing I noticed was that my ball position changed quite a bit. It goes from the middle of my stance to the front. Maybe, it’s just two or three inches, but those two or three inches can make quite a bit of difference.
When I went with the belly putter, and I originally just intended to use it as a practice tool, I practiced for 20 minutes and my ball position didn’t change because it couldn’t. The putter was stuck in my belly in the same place.
I plan to stay with it as long as I can, but the game doesn’t gain enough from banning anchored putting to make it such a big issue.