Following Webb Simpson's win at the Players Championship there has been renewed discussion regarding his method of putting being a legal loophole in the anchoring ban.

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Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley now both using a belly putter in an arm lock style.

Simpson's arm locking of a belly putter method is similar to that used by Matt Kuchar and is growing increasingly popular with Keegan Bradley also enjoying success using it.  Bernhard Langer was the first to use a variation of the controversial technique when he beat the yips to win the 1993 Masters.

Related post: Webb Simpson's winning WITB and stats.

Whatever the arguments regarding the method, the USGA have been at pains to declare it is perfectly legal because the arm is a free moving part of the body and not an anchoring point.

Purists think the arm braced method should be covered in the ban because it creates an almost fixed angle between the club, wrists and arms resulting in less chance of breakdown during the stroke.

The USGA and R&A say this method allows the hands and arms to swing without restriction. As long as the club is not braced above the elbow joint and both hands on the grip are touching it is not deemed anchoring.

Whatever your opinion it is worth remembering back to when Keegan Bradley won the 2011 PGA Championship with a belly putter and Webb Simpson then won the U.S. Open in 2012 with his.  Both those events arguably precipitated the anchoring ban and now in 2018 the same two players are enjoying a putting resurgence using the arm braced method.


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