Adam Scott isn’t going to throw out the baby with the bathwater.
Come 2016, the anchored putting stroke, which Scott has successfully used for most of the last five years, will be banned. However, the long and belly putters will remain legal equipment. So, Scott has decided that he’s going to change his stroke, not his flatstick.
“I’ve got as far as I see it two good options. I can un-anchor the long putter — I do that well — or putt with a short one — and I know what I’m up for there because I used it a few rounds this year,” Scott said to PGATour.com on Wednesday ahead of The Barclays in New Jersey.
“I like the long one with the same action I’ve been using. I just have to shorten the putter a few inches and everything else stays the same. The putter is so good, if there was any concern of it not being stable when it’s un-anchored it’s gone.”
Earlier this season, Scott tried to make the switch from the broomstick putter with an anchored stroke to a slightly longer-than-normal, counterbalanced Odyssey putter with a larger grip. He tried it with some success at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, but the results didn’t carry over in his next two starts, leading the 2013 Masters winner to go back to the broomstick.
Over two years ago, Scott suggested the PGA Tour “laid down” in not challenging the proclamation from the USGA and R&A that the anchored stroke would be banned in 2016, and said that he would respond by keeping his putter “millimeters” from his body.
He’s going to keep his word.