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Do you think arm lock putters will get banned?


Do you think arm lock putters will get banned in the next 10 years?  

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If we follow that logic then I can still use a belly putter because my stomach moves a ton when I walk.

It's a total joke that they banned anchoring but not arm lock anchoring.  You favored certain players   As we all said a million times over, if putters off the chin or sternum or belly were

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57 minutes ago, Wesquire said:

Curious what you think about it

 

 

If we're gonna start banning different techniques or swings, I'd rather ban Matt Wolff's sword wielding while hip-hop dancing ugly a** swing 🤣🤣 

 

So no, I see nothing wrong with locking one's arms while putting. 
Even though it looks ridiculous, it's still a pendulum swing.  I don't understand all the fuss about it. 

 

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It’s not an advantage. It helps some. 

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If it was truly an advantage then everyone would be doing it but there are what half a dozen guys on tour using it? Just seems like when they win people make a big deal about the arm lock and how it's "cheating". 

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I voted yes and I want them to. I don’t agree with the current anchoring ban, but arm lock is anchoring to your forearm. So for me you either allow long putters back or ban this too.
 

I had no issue with people using long putters, it wasn’t that great as everyone wasn’t doing it. I never even saw a long putter outside of the tour.

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32 minutes ago, philly2kuk said:

I voted yes and I want them to. I don’t agree with the current anchoring ban, but arm lock is anchoring to your forearm. So for me you either allow long putters back or ban this too.
 

I had no issue with people using long putters, it wasn’t that great as everyone wasn’t doing it. I never even saw a long putter outside of the tour.

 

I always thought the basis for allowing armlock type methods of putting was logical. The current rule allows you to anchor the putter to a part of your body that moves as part of the stroke (i.e. the forearm) but does not allow you to anchor to a stationary point (i.e. the torso/stomach).

 

I think this line of distinction makes sense for what the governing bodies were attempting to do with the rule.

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1 hour ago, philly2kuk said:

I voted yes and I want them to. I don’t agree with the current anchoring ban, but arm lock is anchoring to your forearm. So for me you either allow long putters back or ban this too.
 

I had no issue with people using long putters, it wasn’t that great as everyone wasn’t doing it. I never even saw a long putter outside of the tour.

 

Long putters were never banned, mate. Scott was using a long putter in the Masters. 

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1 hour ago, capking said:

I think they should cap the putter length, your putter should be you shortest club in your bag.

I disagree that it should be the shortest... just capped at 48 inches like everything else.

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1 hour ago, philly2kuk said:

I voted yes and I want them to. I don’t agree with the current anchoring ban, but arm lock is anchoring to your forearm. So for me you either allow long putters back or ban this too.
 

I had no issue with people using long putters, it wasn’t that great as everyone wasn’t doing it. I never even saw a long putter outside of the tour.

It is not “anchored” to the forearm though, is it? What exactly, in your opinion, anchors it ?  It is the same stroke as Phil Mickelson uses....large forward press and kept there through the stroke. The forward press is all that holds the grip to the forearm. So it is not anchored. 
It is a reminder to the user to maintain the forward press.

 

And no, I am not an anchor putter.

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2 hours ago, philly2kuk said:

I voted yes and I want them to. I don’t agree with the current anchoring ban, but arm lock is anchoring to your forearm. So for me you either allow long putters back or ban this too.
 

I had no issue with people using long putters, it wasn’t that great as everyone wasn’t doing it. I never even saw a long putter outside of the tour.

But it literally isn't anchored to your forearm. They are fundamentally very different. 

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The anchoring ban was a mistake by the USGA; an attempt to ban the arm lock style would be another. 

 

I was a HS basketball coach for 40 years, and had to attend a seminar every year on rules changes.  The guiding principles used by MOST rule making bodies in sports are to try to reduce judgement calls where possible, and to treat like situations alike where possible.

 

The USGA, of course, completely ignored both of those with the anchoring ban.   It's the only rule that I can think of in golf that tells you how you can (or cannot) hold the golf club, AND all you have to do is watch Langer or Scott or McCarron to see the difficulty with enforcement; it is the ultimate judgement call in that there is simply nothing to be done except to take their word for it when they say they aren't anchoring.  I don't know of anything else like that in ANY sport.

 

An arm lock rule would be difficult to write, and probably impossible to enforce, in addition to being wrong-headed to begin with.  That doesn't mean the USGA won't try it; it's a bunch of guys who don't know what they don't know.  But it would be a mess, and hopefully they learned from the anchoring ban that it isn't a road they should go down.

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On 11/20/2020 at 1:55 AM, dlygrisse said:

Hold the club in your hands only.

And make it mandatory to use your wrists, none of this "stiff arm" nonsense.

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3 hours ago, Guy In Lyon said:

And make it mandatory to use your wrists, none of this "stiff arm" nonsense.

I know you re being sarcastic , but in reality it might actually help some people to do exactly that. Stiff arms create tension, which is the real culprit here. In golf doing the opposite of what seems logical is often the best remedy. 

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5 hours ago, dlygrisse said:

In golf doing the opposite of what seems logical is often the best remedy. 

So should I face away from the hole when teeing off?

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On 11/19/2020 at 6:02 PM, Wesquire said:

But it literally isn't anchored to your forearm. They are fundamentally very different. 

Makes me wonder if those opposed would feel the same way if it was called something else. It is not locked against anything so I am not sure why the name “armlock” putting ever caught on.
I guess because “armlock” was a catchier phrase than “extreme forward press long putter”.  😏 

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3 hours ago, Guy In Lyon said:

So should I face away from the hole when teeing off?

That was a quote from Ben Hogan. But what do I know. 

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On 11/19/2020 at 1:02 PM, MattM97 said:

If it was truly an advantage then everyone would be doing it but there are what half a dozen guys on tour using it? Just seems like when they win people make a big deal about the arm lock and how it's "cheating". 

Wait was everyone anchoring when it got banned? Personally I feel like arm lock is just another form of anchoring but instead of the belly or the sternum you’re using you forearm 

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