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"I'm going to do whatever I have to do to protect myself"
By mustang6560 on 10/31/12
If the USGA and R&A go ahead with their rumored ban on long putters and anchoring as a style of putting, then the two ruling bodies should expect a strong and organized push back from players including Keegan Bradley. The Vermont native, who was the first player to win a major championship with a belly putter, alluded to the fact that he's willing to go to court to block the potential ban.
"I'm going to do whatever I have to do to protect myself and the other players on Tour," Bradley said. "I look at it as a whole, as us all together. I don't look at it as much about myself. I think that for them to ban this after we've done what we've done is unbelievable."
I applaud Keegan's willingness to stand up to the USGA and R&A to fight for something he believes in. However, he shouldn't spend too much time and effort fighting a losing battle. If the ruling bodies ban long putters and anchoring, then it's safe to assume the ban will hold up in court which means his efforts will prove futile.

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Jrboy says:
The has to at least appear to stand for what he is using. Even if it's right or wrong. He will not fight this but he at least have to pretend he will.
11/2/12
 
conestogo52 says:
If long putters are a threat to pga tournaments. Then why are they not winning every tournament.There seem's to be a fault in their logic.What is the ratio of long putter wins compared to shorter putters !!
11/3/12
 
montec says:
Whats next? Belly Wedges?
11/3/12
 
scottishguyiniowa says:
My own thoughts about this are that they should be looking more at the technology being used in drivers to increase distance for tour players rather than putters. This would mean a lot of courses would stop becoming obsolete because they are too short. Take note I am not a long handled putter user but I believe that building longer courses are not the way to fix the game.
11/3/12
 
currier20 says:
I believe the intent by the ruling bodies is to ban anchoring, not the length of the putter shaft. When golf teachers are telling youngsters just learning the game to anchor the putter for better stability and subsequent improved stroke path that is a problem in my opinion. The game of golf is about touch and feel and watching youngsters to the top professionals in the game anchor a club certainly needs a ruling for clarification going forward.
11/5/12
 
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