Golf Bans Anchor Putters

PGA tour must now decide its own fate

Tiger Woods raises putter after a birdie putt on the 15th green during the first round of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., Thursday, April 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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