Els wants to get back to using a standard-length putter
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Els wants to get back to using a standard-length putter

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Ernie Els captured his fourth major championship two weeks ago wielding a belly putter. If he wants to capture more majors using it, he will have to make haste.

The game's governing bodies are rumored to introduce a ban on the anchored stroke this fall, set to take effect in 2016 when the next edition of the Rules of Golf is released.


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Aware of the clock ticking on the legality of his current putting stroke, Els would like to get back to using a standard-length putter.

"I'm thinking we'll see, but by the end of the year or so (I will go back to the short putter)," Els said Wednesday. " But don't cast that in stone.  I think I've still got four years maybe with the long putter, so I've still got a bit of time."

Though Els became the third guy in the last four majors to win with a belly putter, he is confident his best putting days were not with the flatstick in his gut.

"But eventually I want to get to the short putter," he said, "because I feel back in the day that was my best method of putting."

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