23 March 2016
A New Era without Anchored Putters
David Hearn tweeted a photo of his Odyssey White Hot XG 7 Long putter with the caption “Goodbye old friend." David and a few other golfers have been practicing with their new putters since a ban on anchoring putters in competitive tournaments came into force on January 1st, 2016. Anchoring means that the putter shaft touches a part of the body and prohibits a free-swinging motion.
The method of anchored putting has been used for nearly 80 years. However, it only recently became popular after Keegan Bradley won the 2011 PGA Championship using an anchored putter. Several other golfers have since won major championships with “belly” and “long” putter types: Webb Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open; Ernie Els, 2012 Open Championship; and Adam Scott, 2013 Masters.
So, what will be the fate of the anchored putter players following the ban? We think they’ll survive!
Keegan Bradley, who replaced his trusty belly putter with a shorter putter at the 2015 Traveler Championship, felt there was no problem with it. “I feel as though I've putted as well or better than I did before," said Keegan, as quoted by PGATour.com.
The 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott seems to have welcomed the change. The Aussie golfer already used a 35-inch Scotty Cameron Rev X10 prototype at the Presidents Cup last October. “As far as putting goes, I'm putting very well," Adam said of the new putter. “I putted poorly this year (2015) with the long putter, which made everything quite frustrating when you do putt poorly for a long period of time.”
Webb Simpson admitted that like it or not this situation should be faced, “[There's] two ways to deal with it. One, it can negatively affect you, or two, you can realize that, hey, that's just how it is and you've got to play through it.”
The Asian Tour announced that Indonesian business magnate and passionate golfer Jimmy Masrin is the new Chairman of the Board.
“The Asian Tour is pleased to announce that Jimmy Masrin will become Chairman of the Board with immediate effect,” said Commissioner of Asian Tour Kyi Hla Han, in an Asian Tour statement received by OB on January 22nd.
Other board members are Emmet Hsu, Enrique K. Razon Jr, Jaturon Zane Himathongkom and Kyi Hla Han (Non-Player Members) and Jeev Milkha Singh, Zhang Lian-wei, Pariya Junhasavasdikul and Mardan Mamat (Player Members).