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R&A and USPGA consider a ban on use of the long-putter in golf

Updated: Monday, 23 Jul 2012 11:15 | Comments

The new golf rulebook may prohibit the 'belly putter' from a golfer's bag
The new golf rulebook may prohibit the 'belly putter' from a golfer's bag

The R&A, in conjunction with the United States Golf Association, are considering a ban on the use of the long-putter.

Ernie Els employed the 'belly' putter to dramatically win the Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes, just like Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson did in their recent Major victories .

Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of the R&A is expecting a decision on the long-putter debate in the next few months. He explained:

"There are further discussions to be had, but if the rule is changed it would come into effect on 1 January 2016.

The Rules of Golf are reviewed on a four-year cycle and that is when the new rulebook will be published. Dawson said he was fully aware of complaints that the long putters were unfair. 

"The objections at professional level are all about if people become failed putters in the conventional way, why should they have a crutch to come back and compete against me when I haven't failed in the conventional way," he said. 

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