Long putters to go belly up

Long putters to go belly up
November 28, 2012, 8:32 am
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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2011, file photo,Webb Simpson putts on the 18th hole during the third round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley, two of the major faces in the debate over belly putters, said Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, they would not fight a change in the rules if golf's governing bodies decide to outlaw putters anchored to the body. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Golf is proposing to ban the putting stroke used by three of the last five major champions.

The sport's ruling bodies announced a new rule Wednesday that would make it illegal to anchor the club in making a stroke. The proposed rule is aimed at belly putters and long putters that are pressed against the body. Keegan Bradley was the first player to win a major with the belly putter at the 2011 PGA Championship. Webb Simpson and Ernie Els used belly putters to win majors this year.

Officials say the golf stroke should be a free swing, and anchoring a club eliminates part of the skill.

The rule would apply to golfers at every level. It would not take effect until 2016.