Originally Posted by Golfingdad
On-topic: Again, kudos to Carl Petterson for using a standard putter this week at the Open ... and proceeding to miss the cut. ;)
He may have missed the cut, but according to him it wasn't because of putting. Again, evidence that the ban will end up a non-issue very soon I believe.
“Since this rumor of the ban came out last year, I grabbed a couple of regular putters — regular length — and put my hand on it and gripped down on the shaft,” he said. “And it felt pretty good. It was not serious practice, but I hit a few. It’s essentially the same grip with the right hand, so I just had to change the left hand. It’s the same motion I’ve been doing with a long putter. It’s just not anchored.”
A week after the U.S. Open, Pettersson was at the Travelers Championship when he saw a bunch of putters and thought about changing.
“We always have a Tuesday game, a gambling game, and I used it in that and made nine birdies,” Pettersson said. “I was going to put it in at Hartford but I didn’t have the [guts] to do it.”
Pettersson first used the conventional putter in the final round of the John Deere Classic, where he was at the bottom of the pack. He shot 70 and tied for 54th.
“It was nerve-racking at the John Deere,” he said. “If it hadn’t gone well, I would be back to square one. But I did nice. I holed all the putts you’re supposed to hole. I didn’t run the tables, but it was nice.” (http://jacksonville.com/sports/golf/2013-07-18/story/carl-pettersson-puts-anchored-putter-away-first-time-british-open)