The Putting Stroke Rule

The anchoring ban isn’t the first time the rules for putting methods have been altered. Golfers will try anything to improve their putting and long before long putters became en vogue, Sam Snead turned to a croquet-style stroke. The unorthodox method brought him success, but it was short-lived. Bobby Jones expressed his disapproval after Snead used it at the 1967 Masters and a little more than a month later, the USGA banned it, effective Jan. 1 the next year. “Bizarre stances and clubs were beginning to make it look like another game,” then USGA Executive Director Joseph C. Dey Jr. said. Hmm. Sound familiar?

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