The U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club are rumored to announce a ban on the anchored putting stroke this fall, to be implemented in 2016.
Reigning PGA champion Keegan Bradley, the first player to win a major with a belly putter, is not concerned.
“I putted with a short putter all growing up,” he explained Wednesday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. “I’m not scared at all to have to putt with a short putter. Belly putter for me is just a comfortable way to putt.”
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“I think it’ll be interesting to see what happens, and I have faith in the USGA and the R&A to make the right decision, whether it’s to ban it or to keep it,” he said.
Bradley would prefer to continue putting as he has, as it’s netted two PGA Tour wins, including a major. The Vermont native, however, knows his success is partially to blame for the likely demise of the anchored stroke.
“I think that definitely there’s been a lot of belly putters winning,” he said. “I don’t think that that’s a bad thing, I just think it all kind of happened at once. It was bound to happen. You know, my generation of golfers have been using these putters for a long time.”