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.
"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."
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."