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PGA Tour v. Champions Tour Players On Anchoring

Fun chatter between the SI/ Confidential gang on belly putters and in particular, player views after another week in which several more voiced opinions on the upcoming ban.

Especially the numbers mentioned by Jessica Marksbury related to the flatbellies v. the geezers:

Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: I thought it was interesting that G-Mac said Mike Davis told him they had "evidence" that belly putters were an advantage. If there's empirical evidence on that subject out there, where did it come from? No one's heard about it before this. Still, it's at least 60-40 against on tour. I'd like to see a vote on the Champions Tour.

David Dusek, deputy editor, I think it's about 75% to 25% in favor of a ban. There are valid arguments on both sides, but golf has more traditionalists than progressives.

Jessica Marksbury, associate editor, Golf Magazine: According to the 2012 Tour Confidential surveys, out of the 70 players we talked to on the PGA Tour, 28 said long putters should be banned, 36 said no, and 6 were undecided. On the Champions Tour, 38 said ban, 29 said no, and 3 were undecided. Pretty interesting! I wonder how opinions will change this year.

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Reader Comments (5)

Read page 49 of The Dave Peltz Putting Bible. He's an ex NASA Scientist and acknowledged putting Guru.
It's a word perfect explanation and comprehensive data on why the anchored belly and broom stick putters should be banned.

If they don't ban the anchoring now, then we'll see the short putter disappear in due course.
11.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark Allen
Correct me if I'm wrong Mark, didn't Pelz merely demonstrate the long putter's distinct advantage, but was neutral on banning?
11.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Golfer
Quote from Golf article: "Jim Herre, managing editor, SI Golf Group: Only Karl Rove knows for sure, but I think a vote would be very close."

Yeah, because Karl Rove was SO GOOD at predicting everything spot-on in the recent election. Has Herre been in a coma the last two weeks?
11.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
The USGA don't have no stinkin' evidence....
11.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Traditionalists that hit 460 cc drivers - ironic
11.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Spachler

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