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Golf bodies propose ban on anchoring belly putters

Golf’s worst-kept secret was revealed Wednesday morning, with the sport’s two main governing bodies — the US Golf Association and the R&A — announcing a proposed rules change that would ban the anchored putting stroke, which has been used by multiple players to win recent major championships.

Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA, made it clear that 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 under the new rule, the grip end of the putter — or any club, for that matter — can’t be anchored to the body in any way.

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