belly putter outIt was a hot topic in 2013, as past Masters champions such as Adam Scott exclusively used a long putter when on the green. But the governing bodies of golf banned anchoring the putter beginning in 2016 – which means we won’t see them used quite the same way at the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

First, an explanation: Long putters are great for the everyday golfer with a bad back, because they allow you to stand much straighter when putting. Some professionals use them, as well, citing an ability to be more accurate.

One method for being more accurate is called anchoring, where the top of the putting handle was pressed against (“anchored”) against the belly or the golfer’s chin. The extra point of contact helped prevent additional movement on the putter – in other words, the stroke had a higher chance of going exactly the way the golfer wants.

That method was ruled illegal in 2013, and the 2015-16 PGA Tour season is the first time the ban takes effect. We may still see Adam Scott, Fred Couples, Webb Simpson, and Keegan Bradley rising up the leaderboard with the long putter, but their grip will be much different if they do.

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