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Thursday
May092013

Adam On Moving The Putter A Millimeter Away, Putting On The Green Jacket Every Day

Jim Tucker focuses on Adam Scott's new morning routine at home of waking up and putting on the green jacket.

Bob Harig on Scott's first press conference since the Masters, where the Masters champ budged a bit on anchoring in the future. A few millimeters to be exact.

In the interest of context, Scott's anchoring remarks in their entirety:

Q.  Are you going to be relieved in any way when the USGA and R&A make their final decision on anchoring maybe just to get the debate out of the way?  And if they do ban it and the TOUR goes along with it, do you have a backup plan for three years down the road to working a conventional putting method into your practice?

ADAM SCOTT:  I think, yeah, I think I'll be relieved when it's all over and we can all get beyond it.  I may or may not like the outcome of that, but I think we've all spent enough energy on it now, doing what they're doing.

No, I don't really have a backup plan.  I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing and deal with it then.  I don't think there will be anything much for me to change.  If I have to separate the putter a millimeter from my chest, then I'll do that.

Q.  Will three years be enough time to prepare?

ADAM SCOTT:  Yeah, tomorrow is enough time for me.  I don't see myself putting any different looks‑wise.  My hand will be slightly off my chest, probably.

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The hand, perhaps.

But what about the arm???
05.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
The true desired result will not be achieved. Which is why the ban is so lame.
As a viewer can I call in if I see the hand make ever so slight contact with his shirt?
05.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjgw
Hey Stanley, I'm a fat bastard. My arms touch my gut through the whole stroke with a regular putter. Should that be banned?
05.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLexicographer
<< The true desired result will not be achieved. Which is why the ban is so lame. >>

Good point, S&T. Since there's no data indicating that it's a superior method from a technical / physical point of view, only a PSYCHOLOGICAL aid (for a very limited view) the USGA and R&A gripe that it "looks bad," -- paraphrasing Bob Jones and Joe Dey in response to Sam Snead's "side-saddle" method -- then these powers are going to be mighty disappointed when the anchorers simply make that quarter-inch adjustment. (One millimeter in Adam Scott's case.) Belly users will probably jump on the longer and back-weighted Odyssey "Tank" and the TaylorMade "Daddy Long Legs" so THAT look will remain the same as well.

Thjus,in about three years you purists and traditionalists (yes, the ones with a bag full of graphite and cavity-backs and 460cc's of titanium) are going to Finally Be Happy. But they won't.

Personally, I can't wait until somebody wins a major with the oh-so-stylish Face-On Method. All that work for nothing!
05.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenterbenseattle
After 20 years of the belly putter finally the USGA and RA get their panties in ruffle and wants to ban it. And the so called purists and traditionalists get all sweaty and yell Ban it! What a joke. What the heck have the ruling bodies been doing for 20 years. They are the ones who should be delegated to the dust bins. Sitting around getting paid for nothing. Maybe we should ban the sand wedge too cause it helps me get out of the sand easier or how about no grinding your feet into the sand to test the ground and building a stance. LOL.
He seems to be suggesting it won't make any difference to feel and control.

Yeah .... riiiiiiiiiiight!
I cannot control a 46 inch putter that sticks in my chest. Feels totally awkward to me.
What if Adam putts better? DTF suggests the non-anchored way (though it will look exactly the same) is actually easier. If he wins another major, is it still a "contraption"? I guess then it will be an EQUIPMENT issue. And we know how that story ends...
05.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterShady golf
Putting is as much about attitude as method and Scotty has the right attitude. His que sera approach is admirable.
05.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
@ Ivan, speaking of Que Sara, Sara, did Doris Day every anchor her putter? @ Bridgestone EXACTLY 30 years plus and NOW they decide it is "not a proper stroke"?? The suits and the stiff-upper-lips have let the ball get away from them and the size of the driver, including the COR, and now they think they can get cork back in the bottle by banning the anchored putter. Yeah, that's the ticket.
"Thus,in about three years you purists and traditionalists (yes, the ones with a bag full of graphite and cavity-backs and 460cc's of titanium) are going to Finally Be Happy". Poignant! "The ones with a bag full of graphite, and cavity-backs and 460cc titanium" Touche!
Can't disagree with you on this one, Pro.
05.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt H.
OF all the problems facing the game, anchoring the putter is way down on the list of problems. ANd probably will hurt the game if taken away. I see nothing positive coming out of this ban. And its horrible for weekend hackers. Just a dumb dumb move by really a bunch of nit wits in Far Hills. For those who cant stand the sight of a belly putter I feel sickened to my stomach looking at double pleated Khaki pants. Thanks to the higher heavens those have seemed to fade away on tour. I am sure the long putter if ignored would too.
Stanley, no part of his arm is even remotely close to his body now, nor will it be in the future! Wake up man!!
05.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
I swear some of these posts are just cut and pastes from a few months ago.

Yawn, I say Yawn!
05.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Not mine digsouth ... not mine!
DTF
You are so correct as per http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81sPmJVrUEM
I must have been asleep.
But, I think, putting that style without anchoring will be very difficult. No fulcrum.
05.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
Good onya Adam. Crutches are for cripples.
05.10.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Borrowed a long putter today.
tried the away from body (inch?)
Shot 33, missed on shorty, about 4 feet.
Was actually pretty good
Might switch, just to aggravate people
05.10.2013 | Unregistered Commentercontrary

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