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.
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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