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Adam Scott says he's felt resentment from fellow pros over long putter

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Adam Scott has re-discovered his putting game with the help of a belly putter.

Adam Scott has putted with renewed confidence since adding a long putter to his bag in early 2011, but the world No. 6 says he isn't losing sleep over the prospect of having to revert to a standard-length putter.

"I don't believe it would be a hard thing for me to go back to the short putter," Scott, 32, said in a recent interview, parts of which are in the December issue of Golf Magazine. "I could do it this week, and I think I would putt better than I did in 2010 and 2009.

"The long putter has taught me how to putt again."

Scott, who finished 15th or better in each of the 2012 majors, is among a litany of long-putter converts who are coming to terms with news that golf's governing bodies might enact a rule change by year's end that would ban players from anchoring putters to their body; should the proposal pass, the rule would not likely be instituted until 2016.

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"My gut feeling is the rule will get changed, but I just don't see the valid reason for them to do that," Scott said in the interview. "I don't see a good argument for changing it."

"They've got to look beyond professional golf. The governing bodies don't run the Tour; they run golf. Some recreational golfers can't play the game without a long putter. I think that would be a shame if they're going to take people away from the game. I'm sure that's not their intention, but it'll be interesting to see what they come up with.

"[The rule change] seems like it's being pushed by some players, so could we push for the rules to be changed on other clubs -- hybrids, for example?"

Scott added that the long-putter debate is such a hot-button issue on the PGA Tour that he has sensed resentment from some of his fellow Tour pros who use traditional putters.

"Yeah, I think some people definitely have a problem with guys putting with a belly putter or a long putter," he says. "That's because they haven't putted well with it, or they haven't tried it. That's part of my argument -- it's still a learned skill. It's not like you just pick it up and make putts. You have to learn how to use it."

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Scott also refuted the notion that anchoring desecrates long-held traditions of the game.

"That's not even an argument," he said. "Otherwise, we'd be playing with hickory shafts."

Read the entire Golf Magazine Interview with Adam Scott here. The December issue of Golf Magazine is on newsstands now; it is also available free for subscribers on tablets at golf.com/allaccess.
 

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