"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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joe jones says:
Joe Jones, If I am not mistaken the ruling bodies ruled against Casey Martin and eventually he won his court case. It is a little early to assume they will win any legal battle over banning belly and long putters.If all of the players using the method join Bradley and the putter manufacturers chime in it may change the minds of USGA and The Royal and Ancient. Every thing depends on the question, why? Anchoring won't stand up because several present and past pro's anchored short putters. Unfair advantage. The stats don't support that argument. Non traditional.Does anyone think 460cc drivers are in the tradition of the game. I personally think they should leave well enough alone. 30 years of players using these putters should be enough time to grandfather them in.
10/31/12
 
mjaber says:
Casey Martin's legal battle is apples & oranges to this. The long putter isn't used by these professional players because they have a disability preventing them from using a "traditional" length putter. They are simply more comfortable with it.
10/31/12
 
bkuehn1952 says:
It will be interesting to see what happens. mjaber is correct in that Casey Martin was using the federal ADA law to seek accomodation for his disability. This situation seems more like the Ping vs. USGA situation (which Ping essentially won).

The USGA's attorneys probably advised them to attack this issue as a Rules change versus a change in the specifications of permitted equipment in order to avoid the same fate as when their predecessors took on Ping.

My gut feeling (or would that be my belly feeling) is that the USGA and R&A may continue to allow putters in excess of 48 inches but ban the technique of "anchoring". It seems to me that one would have a hard time arguing in court that limiting the technique used for putting was not a permitted action taken by the accepted rules-making bodies.

Ultimately, I really care as few of my competitors us a long or belly putter and those that do aren't producing Keegan-like results.
10/31/12
 
bkuehn1952 says:
That is, I don't care ...
10/31/12
 
Dusty23 says:
I haven't yet seen anyone ask one of these younger players the direct question as to why they switched to the longer putters and what does it do for them that the shorter one doesn't. They have been asked when, but I haven't seen Bradley or Simpson or some of the others asked why. That I would like to hear the detailed answer to.
10/31/12
 
joe jones says:
Joe Jones . There are a number of players that started out using long putters and have never changed including Bradley. How can a player use a club that has been totally legal for 30 years and all of a sudden it is declared to be illegal. I think it might fall under the rule of restraint of trade.B Kuehn. You are right. The Ping case is a better example and Ping won>
10/31/12
 
Bryan K says:
Go Keegan!

I hate the USGA with a passion. They make rules without any basis on logic, and then they make decisions without any basis on the rules whatsoever. I admire the fact that someone is finally pushing back.
10/31/12
 
windowsurfer says:
Push back is appropriate here. Especially since long putters do not UNIVERSALLY improve play. Some players are aided, many are not - so what's the big deal? Not like golf balls or drivers that contain improvements that "raise all boats" and have made golf courses too short over the last couple of decades. To leave one run rampage and restrict the other after first allowing it for years? Nonsense.
10/31/12
 
mmontisano says:
Dusty23: here's the only thing i remember seeing that comes anywhere close to said.

www.geoffshackelford.com/homepage/2012/10/24/sco
10/31/12
 
Dusty23 says:
Badcaddy- thanks for the link.
Joe Jones- I have seen pictures of Bradley in college I believe, using a short putter
10/31/12
 
joe jones says:
He has said he has tried the short putter but didn't like it. Many conventional putters have tried long putters and and belly putters and came away unimpressed. Is there a difference? I think not.He started out with a belly putter, likes the result and wants to continue to use it. As I said my only reason to argue the point is the stupid reasons you hear as to why the method should be banned. I agree with windowsurfer. 460cc drivers and atomic golf balls are the real issue.Control those and everyone is playing on a level playing field.
11/1/12
 
SpaceMaNy0 says:
Go back to gutta-percha?

I heard a comedian once say, 'I want my pitchers throwing 150mph fastballs, and the hitters hitting 900ft home runs.' It IS what puts people in the seats. (or gallery areas, in this case.)

I would love to see a foursome of newer pros play a round with hickory shafted persimmon woods, forged blade irons and the old style golf balls. See what they shoot as opposed to all the top of the line equipment we all 'must' have now. What do you think? 10 strokes? 15? about the same?
11/1/12
 
tartantoml says:
Is it too late to ban the sand wedge (that invention was non-traditional and created a distinct advantage)? Should that not have been done immediately (if it was going to be done)? If someone showed up with a laser or gyro imbedded in their putter would they wait years and allow manufacturers to fine tune the equipment and develop successful product lines? Why wait till it is accepted by the masses and used for generations?
11/1/12
 
SpaceMaNy0 says:
That's why I think Jack will always be the better golfer, he did it with far inferior equipment.
11/1/12
 
GolfSmith7 says:
could they reach a compromise and say that people who use the anchoring method will be "grandfathered" in but new tour players cannot, thereby eventually phasing them out?
11/1/12
 
Matt McGee says:
I like the fact that this argument is coming from Keegan Bradley, who is certainly talented enough to play with either type of putter. I hope he stays at the forefront of the push to continue to allow anchoring. If it came from any of a number of other people, whose careers might me affected more by a ban, it would seem more desperate, and probably not be considered as seriously.
11/1/12
 
joe jones says:
SpaceMaNo. I agree that Jack used inferior equipment. It was called a golf ball, The woods and irons were some of the best clubs sold at the time. In fact , McGregor persimmon woods were the best in the business. The golf ball was a piece of junk. Jack pleaded for years for the company to improve the ball to no avail. By the way. Jack was part owner of McGregor at the time. He was contractually committed to playing their equipment. Just think what he could have done with a better ball.He carried a ball ring because they would go out of round even when he hit them flush.
11/1/12
 
joe jones says:
Has anyone noticed that a 14 year old is leading the Asia-Pacific Amateur at 14 under after 2 rounds and he is using a belly putter that he started with at 3 years of age. If he wins that title he will play in the Masters before he turns 15. Oh My God! The USGA and the PGA will tremble at the thought.
11/2/12
 
windowsurfer says:
Spacemany0: "I would love to see a foursome of newer pros play a round with hickory shafted persimmon woods, forged blade irons and the old style golf balls." Ya, man. I always like that idea -- played for TODAY's regular PGA money, on a course with some bad lies and imperfect greens and other elements that were once more the norm for older era stars like Sam , Ben, et al. Today's young guns would be crazygood, of course, but *different* than now, ya gotta figure. Fun to speculate. Would be a helluva TV draw, no? "Dustin Johnson with his Macgregor driver from the fairway . . . "
11/5/12
 
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