Golf's governing bodies, worried that players will turn to long putters as an advantage instead of a last resort, proposed a new rule Wednesday that would ban the putting stroke used by three of the last five major champions.
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the U.S. Golf Association said the rule would not outlaw belly putter or broom-handle putters, only the way they are currently used. The proposed rule would make it illegal for golfers to anchor the club while making a stroke and not take effect until 2016.However, those 360 yard drives made possible by over sized, titanium headed, graphite shafted drivers...that's perfectly consistent with the royal and ancient 600 year old tradition.
Besides, there's a lot more money in selling those clubs than in putters.