"Some recreational golfers can't play the game without a long putter. I think that would be a shame if they're going to take people away from the game."
Adam Scott tells SI that the long putter has taught him to putt with a shorter putter again even though he hasn't switched back.
Still, he's not excited about the forthcoming rule change for the sake of some everyday golfers.
"They've got to look beyond professional golf. The governing bodies don't run the Tour; they run golf. Some recreational golfers can't play the game without a long putter. I think that would be a shame if they're going to take people away from the game. I'm sure that's not their intention, but it'll be interesting to see what they come up with.
"[The rule change] seems like it's being pushed by some players, so could we push for the rules to be changed on other clubs-hybrids, for example?"
I'm not sure about that analogy.
Alan Bastable also interviewed Scott about a variety of topics, including his tough loss at Lytham in the 2012 Open Championship.
No, I wasn't upset like that at all. I wasn't even really mad. I was just so happy to play great in a major. Eighteen months ago I got my head really stuck in the process of getting better and taking my game to that level where it can hold up for four days in a major. The process became as enjoyable as any result I had over the last 18 months. I loved the practice. I loved the work I did with Brad [Malone], my coach. He committed 100 percent to me. And we both took it by the neck and got into it. I was really just so happy to see the results of what we set out to do. But, no, there were no tears at all.