Friday, June 22, 2012

 Could the belly putter become a victim of its own success? Maybe, if some factions in the game’s governing bodies have their way.
Webb Simpson’s win at the U.S. Open added renewed fervor to the anti-anchor partisans. Since Olympic, the velocity of rumors spiraling around the long stick has increased. Graham Spiers, host of the BBC’s “The Golf Show,” sat down with R&A chief executive Peter Dawson, and both men appeared to tout the traditional style, using traditional arguments. Spiers wrote about the interview at the BBC's website:

The R&A are currently conducting "intense discussions" with the USGA about where the governing bodies of golf go with the belly-putter. Dawson, like many, believes that the "anchoring" of the putter against the stomach is contentious, and may give the golfer an unfair advantage when striking a putt.
Another way of putting this is, it is not a pure putting stroke, as golf has intended over hundreds of years. If you think about it, the belly-putter means less judgement and subtlety are required when gripping the shaft and executing the putt.
It is not my job here to pre-empt Dawson and the R&A's final judgement on the legality of the implement. But my hunch is that, down the line, this club will eventually be outlawed.
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