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Golf bodies propose ban on anchoring belly putters

Golf’s worst-kept secret was revealed on Wednesday morning, with the sport’s two main ruling bodies – the United States Golf Association and the R&A – proposing a rule change that would ban the anchored stroke, which has become more popular and used by multiple players to win recent major championships.

Mike Davis, the executive director of the USGA, made clear the proposal is not an equipment ban. The long and belly putters that have soared in popularity in recent years can still be used, but the grip end of the putter – or any club – can’t be anchored to the body in any way.

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