Bernhard Langer does not agree with the USGA’s recent decision to ban anchored putting. The 58-year-old says he’s “accepted” the ruling, but still doesn’t think it was the right call.
In an interview with the Arizona Daily Star, Langer, who’s now one of the leading players on the PGA Tour of Champions, talked about the holes in the ban’s logic, as well as how it will hurt amateurs:
“To me it never made any sense, and to a lot of people it doesn’t…My argument was always, if it’s easier to putt that way, everybody would putt that way, wouldn’t you think? Out of 100 touring pros, you would see 99 putting that way. And that’s not the case…I don’t think we ever had more than 10-15 percent of the players, no matter at what level, putt with an anchored putter. That just shows it’s not easier. It’s not better. It only works for some.”
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He went on to explain how he feels that the ban could damage the game on the amateur or recreational levels:
“It’s going to take a lot of joy and fun away from amateurs, whether they have the yips or the shakes or they have a bad back and they’d rather stand more upright because it hurts them to bend over with a shorter putter.”