Frank and Valerie,
Well done and thank you for the graphic explanation last week about teeing it forward and then potentially rolling the ball back.
Now I believe that the USGA is going to ban the belly putter. What is the story and what do you think about this?
Thanks for the comments and we did have fun with the video last week.
From what I understand – the USGA is being very vague again about what it is going to do—it is considering making it a violation to anchor the putter – or any club — to the body while making a stroke.
I have three things to say about it;
1. Let us make sure we have a problem before we try to solve it – remember the new groove rule three years ago which affected 35 million golfers, and which has had no effect on the performance on PGA Tour where it was supposed to solve a perceived problem. Only 4 golfers in the top 30 in putting stats on the PGA Tour are using the long or belly putter and none in the top ten.
2. Anchoring the club; or hand that holds the club; or the arm that holds the hand that holds the club, is going to be very difficult to enforce and monitor and begs for ambiguious interpretation.
3. If the long or belly putter really is a problem – be sure about this—then make the putter the shortest club in the bag. This is a very easy rule to write and administer with the only problem being the wrath of some golfers.
Allan, let us see what happens and hope that common sense will prevail.