Adam Scott going back to the long putter with Bernhard Langer's grip

Adam Scott going back to the long putter with Bernhard Langer’s grip

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After toiling on the PGA Tour without the long putter for almost 2 years, Adam Scott is heading back into the arms of weapon he used to win the 2013 Masters.

Playing in his native Australia this week in the Australian PGA Championship, Scott said he is going to bring back the long putter and use it employing the grip and stroke both Bernhard Langer and Scott McCarron have used with such success on PGA Tour Champions.

"Yeah, I think I might give it a run this week," Scott said, according to Golf Australia. "I haven't done that much work with it but it feels pretty good out there. Yeah, I think it might make the grade this week, definitely feel very comfortable with it."

Both Langer and McCarron have been under the microscope for their grip and stroke, which comes very close to anchoring against the body, a practice banned at the start of 2016. The 50-plus players have both maintained they're in no way anchoring, merely keeping the putter and top hand on the long putter as close to their body as possible without creating a fulcrum or anchoring. Amid heightening accusations the two were skirting the rules, the USGA affirmed neither is breaking the anchoring ban.

After having tried several different putters and techniques to move on from the anchored stroke, Scott was turned on to the idea of going back to the long putter by his older peers' successful 2017 campaigns.

"It was actually pointed out to me that this year they both recorded the best ever putting stats since stats have been kept. Both of them beat the old best," Scott said. "You know, I don't know if it's just a coincidence or if they had just a really good year, but maybe they've found the best way to putt.’’

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