Well it looks like the Royal and Ancient and the USGA make the right decision for once! No anchoring the putter to your body. I’ve hated that from the beginning and complained about it to all my students for years.
Anchoring the putter against your body is a very distinct advantage. Now, the long putter is OK with me as long as you hold it out in front of you and not against the body. In fact on the radio show we had on ESPN years ago I complained about it. You can hear it here.
Here’s some links to the latest press on this issue.
The Independent in Dublin
The Golf Channel
The Australian Press
Bradley and Simpson say they wouldn’t fight belly putter ban
CBS Sports – Golf to ban anchoring of belly putters, long putters
I’ll add more of these as they become available.