Golf's governing bodies have banned long putters-- sort of. Specifically, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and U. S. Golf Association have outlawed the putting stroke used by four of the laSt six major champions, effective January 1st, 2016. The new rule does not ban the long putters, only the way they are commonly used, anchored against the chest. Adam Scott, Web Simpson, Ernie Els and Keegan Bradley are among notable pros who use long putters. The PGA will decide in the future whether to follow the edict.