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Webb Simpson, Prepared Even if Long Putters are Banned


webb simpson on long puttersAmerican golfer and long putter user Webb Simpson is not bothered at all about talks that the club will be prohibited though he is vocal of his disagreement about the issue. This US Open Champion is one of the three Major winners who use the controversial golf club. The governing bodies of golf, the USGA and R&A, are already in discussion on the clamor and consider all views about the matter.

Simpson has started playing using a short putter as a preparation for the possible change in the Rules of Golf. “There’s a bunch of arguments going around but I haven’t heard a good one yet. I’m friends with a lot of the R&A guys and the USGA guys. It’s nothing personal and I know they are trying to do it for the betterment of the game, but I don’t think it’s a good decision,” he said.

It was in 2004 when Simpson started using the belly putter but he strongly implies that there is no statistical basis that the use of such gives golfers more chances of winning. “Last year there was no one in the top 20 in strokes gained category that anchored a putter. So the argument of, ‘it’s an advantage’, you have to throw that out there. It’s going to be tough if they do ban it. It’s going to be tough for a lot of people, not just players. It’s going to be tough for committees to really have a stance on it and explain why,” he added.

Aside from Simpson, the other two Major winners who used the long putters are 2011 USPGA Champion Keegan Bradley, and 2012 Open winner Ernie Els.

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“Don’t ban long Putters,” says Adam Scott


adam scott on long puttersWorld number 6 Adam Scott speaks about issues on banning long putters and asked the governing bodies of golf to focus on the more relevant concerns in the sport. The use of long putters has become more popular among professional golfers and the clamor about using the club has also become stronger.

Scott became very bold and admitted speaking to George O’Grady, Chief Executive of the European Tour, that banning long putters would be unfair. “It is very hard to find a good reason to do that at this stage so my conversation was to find out where things sit because it is very hard to get information,” he said during an interview before the Singapore Open.

Critics of belly putter use believe that the club gives players advantage during a game. This is because securing the club in the golfer’s belly will bring more stability to the body, resulting to lesser body movements and swing errors compared to players using the short putters.

Scott believes that both USGA and R&A should look more carefully on setting limitations with other equipment designs. Modern golf equipment, he believes, allow golfers to hit the ball into very far distances which result to extended courses. “We certainly don’t need that sort of carry-on going on in the game of golf. I think it is all unwarranted, all of it, and there are more important things to worry about,” he said.

“I think that it is fairly well acknowledged that length generally is probably the biggest issue in the game and it doesn’t just mean how far pros hit it. 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,” Scott added.

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Simpson, Ready Even If Long Putters Will Be Banned


webb simpsonWebb Simpson is an apparent user of long putters. The US Open champion is among the three golfers who have won in the major tournament using the long golf club. Though he is not anxious at all even if this type of putter is banned, he admits that he finds this probable action incorrect.

The American golfer has already started golfing using the conventional putter as a preparation for the probable change in the Rules of Golf. It has been quite a time since the USGA and the R&A was bombarded with different concerns and have been in discussion about banning the long putters in competitions. The two agencies are the governing bodies of golf.

Simpson said during an interview at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf held in Bermuda, “There’s a bunch of arguments going around but I haven’t heard a good one yet. I’m friends with a lot of the R&A guys and the USGA guys. It’s nothing personal and I know they are trying to do it for the betterment of the game, but I don’t think it’s a good decision.”

He has been using belly putters since 2004 but he believes that there is no strong evidence that long putters gave any player an advantage during a game. “It’s going to be tough if they do ban it. It’s going to be tough for a lot of people, not just players. It’s going to be tough for committees to really have a stance on it and explain why,” he added.

The 27-year-old golfer also shared, “What I found was I just became a more consistent putter. I don’t get hot quite as much. I don’t get cold quite as much. With the short putter, I was a real streaky putter, so in my head I figured if I want to play this game for a long time, I don’t want my putting to be such highs and lows.” Simpson further believes that there are other rules that need much more attention than this.

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Rules on Belly Putters Reviewed


 

Ernie Els’ win in the Open Championship using a belly putter ignited the discussion as to whether professional golf players can keep using long putters. The Royal & Ancient stated that long putters are firmly back on the radar after Els became the third major champion using this type of putter. The other two who used belly putters were Keegan Bradley at the PGA Championship and Webb Simpson at the US Open.

R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson clarified that the discussion with the US Golf Association came out even before Els putt his 15-foot birdie on hole 18. “We appreciate that there is much speculation about this and that we need to clarify the position as soon as possible. And I think you’re going to see us saying something about it one way or the other in a few months, rather than years,” he said.

R&A and USGA are the two organizations setting the worldwide rules of golf. Dawson made it clear that there is still no decision yet. The organizations’ rules committees are conducting study and will submit recommendations the soonest. Should there be any changes, it may be effective in 2016 since the Rules of Golf are updated every four years.

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