Cool Hand Luke, on 11 September 2017 - 11:19 AM, said:
havent't mccarron and langer openly stated that putting un-anchored with the broom stick is actually easier than anchored and that they wished they had done that in the first place? maybe i'm making that up but I swear I heard that commentary somewhere....
I don't know that it's easier overall but the difference is negligible. Short putts feel more uncertain but midrange putts offer more freedom and athleticism.
I have no idea how the anchor issue was ever considered a deal breaker for using the long putter. I posted at least 5 years ago that it was a relatively simple transition, after experimenting with anchoring and not anchored.
Frankly it's nothing but runaway fear that prevents the long putter from being used successfully on the PGA Tour. In fact, I'd call it the most comically pathetic wimp factor variable that I've ever seen on Tour, and I've followed since attending my first event in March 1968. The former belly putter users would benefit more than anyone but they are too scared to try, or to commit, given the situational realities that would attach.
There is no reason at least a half dozen prominent players aren't using the long putter. No reason other than white males are generally petrified of peer review and public opinion. They don't want to have Brandel Chamblee and others scrutinizing them on television while spectators inevitably would shout mocking insults, along with parallel threads here and on other golf sites.