Golf's governing bodies outlaw anchored putters
Anybody who has watched golf over the last two years has certainly seen the growth of anchored putters. The longer clubs allow golfers to anchor their putters against their bodies for better stability. In fact, four of the last six major winners use this technique. However, they will soon have to find some new equipment. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and U.S. Golf Association recently announced a ban against anchoring clubs that will take effect in 2016, reports The Associated Press.
Anchored putters have become one of the biggest controversies in the game. Many of the PGA's biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, felt that anchoring a putter against one's chest or stomach ran counter to a central tenet of the game - that all clubs must be free swinging.
"We strongly believe that this rule is for the betterment of the game," USGA President Glen Nager told the AP. "Rule 14-1b protects one of the important challenges in the game – the free swing of the entire club."
It's important to keep in mind that these putters will not be outlawed, just how they are used will be changed. For instance, Master's champ Adam Scott - who anchored his putter against his chest - will have to find a new way to use his long stick.