Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/28/12

NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA - MAY 10: Tiger Woods addresses the media at the AT&T National Media Day at Aronimink Golf Club on May 10, 2010 in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods had been leading the charge for golf to outlaw "anchored putting" from the sport and was hoping that end of the so-called "belly-putters" came to an end Wednesday. Woods, speaking Tuesday at a press conference for the World Challenge, said," The art of putting is swinging the clubs and controlling nerves. "Using a fixed point is not in the traditions of the game," he added. Woods got his wish — somewhat. An announcement was made Wednesday morning, during a media conference call by the U.S. Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club — golf's two ruling bodies — that said a new rule would not outlaw belly putters or broom-handle putters, only the way they are currently used. It sounds like Woods got a mulligan on his call to arms. The proposed rule would make it illegal for golfers to anchor the club while making a stroke. The new ruling will not take effect until Jan. 1 2016. Woods' complaint is the bane of many other golfers.  The belly putter, in which a player presses the butt end of the grip into the stomach area, has created quite a controversy in recent tournaments.   Three of the winners —  Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els — of the past five major championships have used it, and elite amateurs are picking up the specialized putters in greater numbers as well. Proponents say the belly putters help stabilize the club during the stroke, while opponents say it gives an unfair advantage. "I don't know if there's any statistical data on it, but I'm sure there is somewhere about whether or not anchoring the putter does help on a certain range of putts," said Woods.  "Especially the guys who have gotten the twitches a little bit." It appears that despite the new rules, the two sides are still not on the same course. "The game has been around for 600 years," said USGA executive Mike Davis.  "Fundamentally, we don't think this is the right way to go." 
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