Posted November 27, 2012 on AP on Fox
The U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club are expected to announce a ban on long putters and belly putters when they hold a press conference on Wednesday. At question is not the putter itself, but whether it can be attached to the body in the putting stroke. Three of the past five major champions have used belly putters: Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els. Bradley had suggested fighting a potential ban but now he and Simpson said they would go along with it. Any change wouldn't take place until 2016.

Defining the art of putting

Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley say they won't be happy if golf makes it illegal to use a putter anchored to the body. But they won't fight it. The U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club have a press conference Wednesday morning at which they are expect to announce their decision on whether long putters and belly putters will be allowed. All indications...

A ban on anchors, a long way to go

The putt was meaningless because it was the final hole of a pro-am in what amounts to an 18-man exhibition at the end of the year, even though ranking points are available at the World Challenge. But it was hard not to look at the end of the putter pressed into the belly of Keegan Bradley. The decision to ban the anchor stroke used for belly putters and broom-handle putters was...

Rule bans anchoring clubs

Golf is banning the putting stroke used by three of the past five major champions. The sport's ruling bodies announced a new rule on Wednesday that would make it illegal to anchor the club in making a stroke. The rule is aimed at belly putters and long putters that are pressed against the body. Keegan Bradley was the first player to win a major with the belly putter at the...
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