Obstacles, such as litigation, could remain. Or perhaps an argument is made over the next three months that prompts the USGA and R&A to change their minds.
Barring that, the option of jamming a belly putter into the gut, or affixing the grip end of the putter into the chest or chin, is about to become a thing of the past, at least when it comes to competitive golf. It’s a decision the governing bodies are comfortable making, by considering the future.
“We think we are giving plenty of options, plenty of creativity to golfers to figure out other methods,” Davis said. “We are just simply saying, we do not think anchored strokes should be a part of the game moving forward.”