"Greens are not changed because people are putting with a long putter"
By mustang6560 on 11/7/12
In an interview with Reuters, Adam Scott made the most logical argument for not banning long putters that I've heard yet.
"Some of our courses, great courses are too short these days. If we are talking about equipment side of things the length issue is probably the most important because tees are moved back. Greens are not changed because people are putting with a long putter."
It's true — long putters and anchoring don't harm the essence of the game, it harms the appearance of the game, which the USGA and R&A apparently value more.

Adam also challenged Tiger Woods' idea on how to word the ban in the Rules of Golf. Tiger suggested that the putter must be equal to or less than the shortest club in your bag, essentially capping the length at approximately 38".
"His voice carries some weight on the issue, a lot of players have been quite outspoken about it and certainly when Tiger Woods speaks about it generates a lot of interest," the 32-year-old said of arguably the world's greatest golfer.

"But I'm not necessarily sure his views on what the putter should be are correct at all, I don't think the putter should be the shortest club in the bag, that has never been a rule in golf so I don't know why it should be now."
I use a traditional putter but I'm not in favor of the imminent ban. If anchoring did in fact give golfers an advantage, then I'd agree to get rid of it, however, it must not give golfers the advantage some purport it does. Otherwise Rory McIlory, Tiger, etc., would all be playing it. If the USGA and R&A are truly banning because it looks funny then I know a lot of golfers who should also be banned from the game too because their swing offends the appearance of the game.

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legitimatebeef says:
It's hard to believe ppl have such a hard time distinguishing between modern drivers and anchored strokes. Today's driver works in the same way as yesterday's, it's just uses better materials. The materials used to make clubs and balls have been improving since day one. The technique is the same. Last I checked the grip that I and millions of others use is still known as the "Vardon grip". As in Harry Vardon, b. 1870. You may not like the ban but people need to wake up and see what a faulty analogy this is.
Wes11point5 says:
I wonder how different Bernhard Langer's regular tour career would have been if he had a long putter back then. The yips killed him!
Matt McGee says:
I wonder what a ban would do to Adam Scott's game. He says that he could switch back to a regular putter without any trouble, but if that were the case, would he be so adamant about the subject?
joe jones says:
I rank Langer as one of the best putters of all time because he overcame the yips four times. As one who went side saddle because of this disease I give him credit for doing whatever he had to do to continue what has become a great career. I don't care what anyone else has to say about long putters. If it works use it. If you don't like the method at least have the common sense about it. If it goes against you sensibilities don't use them. It's just like religion. Don't preach to the masses.
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