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  1. http://golfweek.com/2017/11/29/adam-scott-hopes-return-to-long-putter-ends-struggles-on-green/ Have at it, @Vinsk.
  2. I listened to Brandel Chamblee's interview and around the 25:00 mark he talks about anchoring, and how if he were the commissioner, he'd ask the USGA/R&A to re-write the rule to be clearer, and to avoid the ambiguity that a Scott McCarron or a Bernhard Langer create. So, @Vinsk, here's your chance to re-write the rule. Or anyone's chance. Some things that must be maintained: You don't get to legislate putter length. That's not the purpose of the rule, and some guys need a 37" putter because they're tall. Ostensibly, too, a longer putter is tougher to control, so if someone wants to truly swing a longer putter without anchoring, good luck to them… You don't get to abolish other currently legal types of putting. In other words, you don't get to say "both hands must be touching each other" because the arm-lock style would be illegal. Your rule must work in roughly the same manner as the current rule. You must keep in mind that the goal was to eliminate the idea of a part of the club behaving like a fulcrum or pivot point, and that the butt of the club should be allowed to freely swing. The definition changed related to the definition of a stroke. Brandel's point was that maybe the shirt even acts as a "soft anchor." That by feeling whether your thumb moves against your shirt, you can keep your thumb and thus effectively the butt of the club in the same place. Maybe you even rest your thumb against a button. He thinks you should not be allowed to touch your shirt. Though, then, immediately he said that if you're wearing a jacket and a sweater, where do you truly draw that line, and that even a regular club will occasionally catch a part of your jacket or whatever during a stroke, or when it's windy, or whatever. I think that's a good counter-point to his own argument, but the rules could simply say "when using a putter." The putter is a defined different club, with different rules already (though they're equipment-related rules). So maybe guys will just need to wear tighter jackets, and then they can't touch them from their elbows down when putting. What do you think? How would you re-write the rule? Share it here… … then the rest of us will pick it apart to see if it withstands.
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