Great Scott! Is that Keegan Bradley putting with a standard-length putter? It certainly is. Your eyes do not deceive you.
According to reports, Bradley has been tinkering with the short putter for awhile, and with the anchoring ban set to take effect in less than two years, it looks like the 2011 PGA Champion is ready to start using the short stick in competition.
Currently, Bradley ranks 44th in strokes gained putting. That’s up five spots from where he finished last year, but down 17 places from where he finished in 2012. So perhaps this change was in response to those woes. Or maybe it was at his mother’s request?
Bradley said in an interview, “I was disappointed with my finish at the [Byron Nelson Championship], putted really poorly, so I talked to mom after that and she said, ‘You’re not going to like this, but I think you should use the short putter.’”
Along with his mother’s advice, Bradley also made the change in part because of the success he had playing with it last week at his home in Jupiter, Fla., … with Michael Jordan.
In an interview with pgatour.com, “I told him I really wanted him to chirp at me, make me uncomfortable, which he’s good at.”
“And we just kept playing and playing. And I felt better and better with it,” Bradley said. “And I came here and not knowing what I was going to do, and I just played a round with Brendan Steele and I felt good with it again, and I thought there’s no reason for me not to do it.”
I guess if mom and Michael Jordan tells you to then you have to, right? Either way, Bradley has given no indication that this change is final.
In 2011, Bradley became the first player to win a major using the anchored putter. Soon after, the putter that had been shut out for more than 200 years went on a bit of a hot streak as the weapon of choice on the greens for three of the next five major champions following Bradley.
Even with the forthcoming change, few of the game’s biggest anchored-putting stars have yet to switch their stroke, but that time is near. The United States Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient decided to ban the anchored stroke by 2016.
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