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Golf: Els predicts battle over anchoring ban

Ernie Els has predicted a legal battle over the ban on anchoring putters set to come into force in 2016 and admitted he would not have won last year's British Open without a long putter. Els' South African compatriot Tim Clark - who has been using an anchored putting stroke since turning professional in 1998 has already vowed to look into the legality of the ban. Four of the last six major winners, including Els who won his fourth at Royal Lytham & St Annes last year, have used the controversial method.

Golf: Anchoring putters banned from 2016

Golf's ruling bodies on Tuesday announced that anchoring putters will be banned from the start of 2016. The anchored putting stroke has been in the spotlight since being used by a clutch of players to win major championships recently, with the latest being Adam Scott, who used a broom-handle putter to win the Masters at Augusta in April. Keegan Bradley won the PGA Championship in 2011 using a putter anchored to his stomach whilst Ernie Els and Webb Simpson used similar implements to land majors last season

Golf: Anchoring putters banned from 2016

Golf's ruling bodies on Tuesday announced that anchoring putters will be banned from the start of 2016. The anchored putting stroke has been in the spotlight since being used by a clutch of players to win major championships recently, with the latest being Adam Scott, who used a broom-handle putter to win the Masters at Augusta in April. Keegan Bradley won the PGA Championship in 2011 using a putter anchored to his stomach whilst Ernie Els and Webb Simpson used similar implements to land majors last season

Rule makers to ban anchoring of putters from 2016

By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER (Reuters) - Golf's governing bodies announced on Tuesday that they will ban the anchoring of putters from 2016 in a move which will please traditionalists but could lead to a split in the game among the professional ranks. The ban was first proposed by the Royal and Ancient (R&A) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) in November. Players and the golfing community were then given 90 days in which to discuss the proposal.

Ban on anchored putts a cop-out, says Langer

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Golf's governing bodies are expected to announce shortly whether they will go ahead with a proposed ban on players anchoring putters to their body, a rule change which makes no sense at all to Bernhard Langer. The German former world number one, long renowned for his meticulous preparation and attention to detail, describes the proposal by the U.S. Golf Association (USGA) and Royal & Ancient (R&A) as "a cop-out" with no empirical evidence to back it up.

Scott's Masters win gives long putters a grand slam

By Larry Fine AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Proponents of the long putter celebrated completion of the grand slam when Australia's Adam Scott won the Masters on Sunday in a playoff against Angel Cabrera of Argentina. The Masters was the last of the four major championships to be claimed by users of belly or broomstick putters.

Simple tips for sinking vital short putts

A short cut to lowering your score is to improve your short game capabilities, particularly your ability to sink those must-make short putts. If you are desperate to sink those makeable short putts but are always left bitterly disappointed, here are easy answers to your headache.Avoid too tight a gripOf paramount importance is a loose grip pressure. With a tight grip it's not easy to deliver the putter face squarely to the ball and make a solid stroke.

Els phasing out belly putter but will use it at Augusta

(Reuters) - British Open champion Ernie Els will use the belly putter for the last time at a major during the U.S. Masters next week as he phases out the controversial club ahead of a proposed ban, the South African said. The rule-making Royal and Ancient and the United States Golf Association want to outlaw the controversial anchoring of a long-handled putter to the body during the swing - a technique employed by three of the last five major winners including Els - from 2016.

UPDATE 1-Golf-R&A will take time on 'sensitive' putter issue

(Adds USGA statement) LONDON, March 1 (Reuters) - The proposed ban by the Royal and Ancient (R&A) on the anchoring of long putters was proving "particularly sensitive" in the United States, the sport's rule-making authority said on Friday in announcing it would take time to evaluate the responses. In a statement issued the day after the closing of a 90-day window for the worldwide golfing community to react to the proposed ban, the R&A said it would continue working towards a final resolution.

Golf-R&A will take time on 'sensitive' putter issue

LONDON, March 1 (Reuters) - The proposed ban by the Royal and Ancient (R&A) on the anchoring of long putters was proving "particularly sensitive" in the United States, the sport's rule-making authority said on Friday in announcing it would take time to evaluate the responses. In a statement issued the day after the closing of a 90-day window for the worldwide golfing community to react to the proposed ban, the R&A said it would continue working towards a final resolution.
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