Well, the USGA and R&A’s long awaited decision on whether they are going to ban the long putter (i.e. anchored putters) is upon us.
They have feinted — or maybe it was just golf gossips fainting — that the announcement was imminent several times since I wrote Anchored Putters back in February.
But now, John Paul Newport at the Wall Street Journal writing in, “Putters Should Just Be Putters: Anchoring a Putter to Your Chest or Stomach May Soon Be Illegal—and It’s About Time,” says that the announcement is expected Wednesday.
My post talked more about the mastery issues associated with anchored putters while Newport’s goes into the history and current arguments from both sides of the great debate. And he indicates that some players are talking about suing for their right to continue to putt with the long putter.
Whichever side you’re on, both of these posts provide a context for what is sure to be a lively and enduring debate after Wednesday’s announcement.