Truth & Rumors: Snedeker joins call for the long-putter ban
FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker joined the chorus in support of a ban on "anchored" long putters and belly putters in an appearance on Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" show.
"I've got no problem with longer putters if you want to make sure they're not anchored; I've just got a problem with anchoring.
"There's a reason why guys that have belly putters use them – they work," he continued. "If they didn't work, they wouldn't use them."
"Anchored" refers to swinging the putter around a fixed pivot point. Someone who uses a long putter but swings it like a normal putter--Angel Cabrera, for example -- would not be affected by a ban on "anchoring" the putter. Snedeker, one of the best conventional putters on Tour right now, cited concern for the future of the game and upholding the traditions of golf as his main reasons for supporting the ban:
"I think it's the influx of junior golfers using belly putters," he noted. "There's a whole generation of kids right now that are growing up playing golf, never using a short putter. Is that keeping with the traditions of the game?"
Snedeker was sympathetic toward players who would be hurt by a ban. But, as the saying goes, you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs:
[PHOTO: Brandt Snedeker at the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship, Associated Press photo]
"Their charge is protecting the game of golf, not making sure it's OK for Tour players," he added. "What's best for the game of golf might hurt a couple guys in the short run, but it might benefit the game in the long run."