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Belly Putters and the New USGA Rule

How the New USGA Rule Will Affect the Game

How belly putters and the new USGA rule could eventually have an affect on many professional golfers.  The new rule basically makes illegal putters where the top of the shaft is anchored to the body, or belly putters, chest or chin putters.  This could create some issues for some professional golfers.  There will be some changes for these pros, as most of them started using the anchored putters in the first place because they had a problem with conventional putters.

 

This comes out of a rule change announced by the United States Golf Association and the R&A, which regulates the game outside the United States and Mexico.  They are scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2016, but will be reviewed prior to then, as the governing bodies say they will allow the professionals to voice their objections.  For stroke play it will carry a two stroke penalty for each occurrence,  and for match play the penalty for anchoring the club will be loss of the hole.  This does not eliminate the use of long putters or belly putters, as long as they are not anchored during the putting stroke.

How Belly Putters and the New USGA Rule Will Change Things

So what does this mean for the professional game, and how will it affect the weekend or non-competing amateur?  First, it should have a profound influence on the professional game.  Of the last five major champions, three, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els, have used the belly putter.  Most have gone this route because of diminished abilities with the standard putting stroke, and now that they will be forced back to that style they could struggle.  Also, many professionals agree that there are distinct advantages with anchoring the top of the club to the body.

Which brings us to the second question: what will it do to the average golfer who does not compete in sanctioned events?  If past history is any indication, it will probably mean a spike in the popularity of belly putters.  A few years ago when the golfing bodies made the square grooves on irons illegal, everybody assumed there must be magic to them if the pros couldn’t use them.  So there was a rush to get irons with square grooves.  Of course because amateurs strike the ball much differently than professionals, the effect on their game wasn’t nearly as dramatic.

Now that the pros are probably going to be banned from using the anchor putter, many people are going to assume that they will be the magic bullet for their putting game.  But even though they will offer an advantage to many golfers, there still is a lot more that goes into putting than the putter.

 


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