According to Luke Kerr-Dineen of Golf Digest, PGA Tour player Tim Clark is weighing different putting options to prepare for the 2016 anchoring ban. Clark currently anchors his long putter into his chest, but he will no longer be able to use the technique because it will be considered an illegal stroke starting January 1st, 2016.
One option will be the sidesaddle, which can be viewed by clicking the link in the tweet below. The sidesaddle is not the most aesthetically pleasing stroke, but it is all about what works in the cut-throat world of competitive golf.
To give you an idea of how important one or two extra putts are in a round, Sergio Garcia has the best scoring average on Tour (69.552) and Josh Teater has the 125th best scoring average (71.557). A two-stroke difference boils down to millions of dollars, and keeping your playing privileges for next year.
The anchoring ban will affect several notable players on the PGA Tour: Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, and Webb Simpson are among the players who have popularized the method. However, be prepared to see some interesting adjustments because the ban has the potential to change career trajectories.
Due to the upcoming anchoring ban, this tour pro is tinkering with a trick out of Sam Snead’s old book: http://t.co/5u52FxRXkI
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigestMag) April 17, 2014