As some of you may remember, I was greatly upset at the long putter ruling. I still think it is wrong, but that's been rehashed ad nauseam.
But in keeping with my general cheery disposition and positive outlook on most everything, I have a new perspective. I'm posting it here to help those on what I consider to be a great golf discussion forum, and hoping and expecting that few if any of the golfers I will ever play will read this.
I've come to the conclusion that this ruling will only help me. I've used 43-inch putters for about five years now, and never anchored. So I'll continue to do this.
Now in case you don't know it, and most of the people who were in favor of this ruling are too close-minded to give long putters a fair try, the long putter, "anchored in a fist held just away from the chest," would be for most people who give it a fair chance, a superior way to putt. The reason is simple. Instead of having to control two hands, which gives more chance for movement error, you only control one. The other is "anchored," as surely as it would be if it were touching your body. After all, your arm is "anchored" to your shoulder, is it not?
The reason I've decided that the ruling will give me a competitive advantage is that many golfers who now use a long putter with hand or shaft touching their body, will change, and those who might benefit from this superior putting motion won't give it a try. Most of them think all long putters are illegal.
The bottom line--more bets for me.
If you're smart enough to want to improve your game, here's how. The process is simple. Hold the putter in your left hand (for a right-handed golfer), stationary and not touching your chest, and imagine you are rolling the ball to the hole with your right hand as you would if you were pitching a ball toward the hole in an underhand motion. If you were trying to toss a ball to the hole without a putter in your hand(s), you wouldn't use two hands.
Why do it with a putter?
Edited by Texian - 2/1/14 at 10:33pm