Bernhard Langer is one of the poster children -- OK, poster pentagenarians -- for the anchored stroke. When people think long putters, they think of the two-time major champion.
That's why an image from the Champions Tour's Regions Tradition on Tuesday, then, is such a shock.
Blair Philip with Yes! Golf tweeted a picture of Langer being fit for a conventional putter.
Working with Bernhard. This is fitting at it's most precise. An amazing player and pleasure to work with. twitter.com/YesPutterMan/s…
— Blair Philip (@YesPutterMan) June 4, 2013
It appears Langer was working at Shoal Creek in Alabama with a Yes! putter with a larger grip, like a SuperStroke. Yes! Golf is owned by TaylorMade-adidas Golf via a bankruptcy acquisition made in 2011 by now-subsidiary Adams Golf. Langer is on the Adams Golf staff.
The USGA and R&A announced in May that it would be going forward with a ban of the anchored stroke, covered under new Rule 14-1b, beginning Jan. 1, 2016. The PGA Tour, which operates the Champions Tour, has also not yet indicated it would enact the anchoring ban as designed by the game's governing bodies. Regardless of the PGA Tour's decision, however, the 55-year-old Langer would not necessarily have to abandon the long putter in 2016, provided he did not anchor it against his chest as he has done in the past.
There's no indication Langer will be using the Yes! putter in competition this week, anytime soon or at all in lieu of the anchored stroke synonymous with his game.