Woods can't stomach use of broomhandles, belly putters
The Royal and Ancient Club (R and A) has decided that putters that use an anchor point will be outlawed from 2016 and 14-times Major winner Tiger Woods, agrees with what the R and A and the US Golf Association have proposed.
Three of the last five Major winners, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els, used putters with long handles.
Bradley won the 2011 US PGA, and Simpson this year's US Open, with a putting stroke anchored to a pivot in their midriff, while at Royal Lytham and St Annes Els and his belly putter lifted the Claret Jug after Adam Scott's collapse with his and #65533;broomhandle.
"I don't know if my opinion carries any weight or not, but I just believe the art of putting is swinging the club and controlling your nerves. Hitting it as a fixed point isn't something in the traditions of the game. We swing the other 13 clubs in the bag, I think the putter should be the same," the Daily Mirror quoted Woods, as saying.
"I'm sure there's data somewhere about whether or not anchoring the putter helps on a certain range of putts, especially the guys who have the twitches a little," he added.
"One of the things I was concerned about is the kids who get started in the game and learn to putt with an anchoring system - there have been some guys over here (in the US) who have had success with it and obviously everyone copies what they do," he said.
Woods added: "For the greater good of the game, that's something that needs to be adjusted."