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Billy Horschel wants armlock ban: ‘I’ll give the belly putter back and take away the armlock’

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Billy Horschel has caused a stir this week at the RBC Heritage, with the 34-year-old making the controversial claim that the popular armlock putting technique should be banned as “guys are doing it too good”.

The Florida native explained that the method needs reviewing due to the ability to change the grip position so that it’s “parallel or matches the face” and that he’d even happily exchange the technique for the belly putter.

“I mean, I’m bringing up something different here, and I’m sort going out on a limb, but I don’t think this arm lock putting is — should be allowed either. I’ll give the belly putter back and take away the arm lock.

I think when you look at what guys are doing now with the arm lock and moving the grips to the side where it’s parallel or matches the face and then when you do that up against your arm, I mean, it’s — you know that face is dead square and that face doesn’t rotate at all.

It’s just sort of locked in. Guys are doing it too good.”

Horschel further revealed that there is “a little more flow” in his view with the belly putter and flirted with calling the armlock, a technique very popular on tour, the dreaded ‘A’ word: Anchoring.

“Yes, you could say it’s anchored. I don’t know because I guess anchored is having one point against somewhere and a fixed point. I know that’s not fixed, but it’s something similar to an anchor style.

Like I said, I would rather give them the belly putter back. I think there is a little bit more flow. Some guys going that way are becoming great putters, but it’s just something guys are trying and seeing some benefits for.”

Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Kuchar, Bernhard Langer and now Kevin Kisner are some of Horschel’s peers currently using the armlock method. It’ll be very interesting to see what response we get from them (if any) in defense of the technique.

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  1. Lyle

    Apr 20, 2021 at 10:27 am

    In BH twisted mind, players playing within the existing rules should have their choice of putting method banned solely because they are achieving success. Maybe if he changed to an arm lock stroke he would score better.

    • Bababooey

      Apr 24, 2021 at 12:58 am

      It’s funny because he kind of already does. He’s left hand low with a serious forward press. The shaft goes up his left arm past his wrist

  2. Horschels Wife Partied With Me

    Apr 19, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    The lisp has spoken

  3. Marc Rogers

    Apr 19, 2021 at 8:21 am

    Sorry Billy, but the USGA should ban whining!

  4. Rule Fixer

    Apr 18, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    The putter grip being limited to 12″ length, and must be symmetric down blade axis. It’s not difficult.

  5. Arnold P.

    Apr 18, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    The belly putter should have never been banned. Same thing with sidesaddle putting. I really loathe and despise the USGA. They don’t grow the game. They restrict it and make it less fun. Is Mike Davis gone yet?

  6. Kees

    Apr 18, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    And how many of them have won this year?

  7. Croquet Style

    Apr 18, 2021 at 6:57 am

    What should not be allowed is two things:

    1) Asymmetrical grips. That nonsense where you install “sideways” to get a lock… that’s not right.

    2) Locking it in the elbow. That should be an additional touchpoint, and not allowed.

    If you want to make a difference on this, restrict the length of all grips of all clubs to be no longer than what the current standard grip is. Most are between 8 and 9.5 in, so just make a rule that all grips must be symmetrical down the “face” axis, and no longer than 12 inches.

  8. gunmetal

    Apr 18, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Very interesting coming from the guy who wrist locks.

  9. Divot Diggler

    Apr 17, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Those who can “do” …..those who can’t “ban”!!!

  10. chip75

    Apr 17, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    The reason armlocking wasn’t banned (and probably won’t be banned) is that you can make a regular stoke with your forearm touching the grip. You see some players’ arms touching the grip when they chip and/or putt.

    Also if you say the putter has to be the shortest club in the bag, what about one-length irons? players could just lengthen their wedges and short irons to get around the rule.

    Like belly putting, if the option is there for everyone, then I don’t have an issue, as long as the “integrity” of the game is withheld and to some folks that’s a grey area.

  11. Tom

    Apr 17, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    Everyone is missing the point .. it’s not so great! If it was wouldn’t every player be doing it?? If it is why doesn’t Billy do it??????? Why not DJ??? Why not JT?? Why not Tiger?? The rules allow for a 460cc metal driver, it better than persimmon. So guess what EVERYONE does it!! Billy needs to stop complaining and get better.

  12. Imafitter

    Apr 17, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    And drivers should be limited to 195cc, wood, and hickory shafts. Another Chamblee who will only get into the Hall of Fame by buying a ticket.

  13. The Domestic Donkey

    Apr 17, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Kdouuuuuuuche, kdouuuuuuuuche, kdouuuuuuuuuche….the big Donkey…

  14. Barry

    Apr 17, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Another rule trainwreck caused by incompetent USGA rulemaking. All that needed to happen (if you decided anchoring was an issue) was a simple change – the putter must be the shortest club in the bag.

    • Leo

      Apr 17, 2021 at 12:00 pm

      Second the motion. Or simply define a golf stroke as one made by holding the club with the hands and hands are the only part of the body touching the club.

    • Brian Malone

      Apr 17, 2021 at 8:21 pm

      My gap and sand wedge are 35.5″ and my litter is 36″. I putt what is considered normal. Regular grip, regular stance, just don’t bend over as far.

  15. Long Comment

    Apr 17, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Hes right in that it makes no sense that anchoring is banned but armlock is not. I say allow it all and make golf more “inclusive.” Allow people to use a club however they want. By inclusive, I’m referring to the people that are handicapped and cant hold a club “properly.” Not being a social justice warrior. I saw a guy online that has to anchor a club against his body to swing, because he doesn’t have hands. It’s not like this guy has an advantage, and neither would someone with hands that anchors a club against their chest, relative to the field. These people deserve to be able to post legitimate scores against the rest of us.

    • Lyle

      Apr 20, 2021 at 10:23 am

      Those with physical handicaps or limitations can do what they want to enjoy and play the game. But you want the rules changed for the other 99% who play the game because of the other 1%.

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Brooks Koepka to face Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy in $250k charity match

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In a wild sequence of events last night, Brooks Koepka has decided to take on Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy in a $250k charity match with the 4-time major champ agreeing to play left-handed.

The two traded some friendly banter/trash talk on Twitter to begin before things escalated quickly, with BK making the claim he could beat Portnoy left-handed before he accepted the quick challenge from the Barstool Sports President.

 

Koepka will play for his charity foundation, while Portnoy will play for the Barstool Fund, the latter of which has raised almost $40 million to help save small businesses in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

No date or venue has yet been decided, but Portnoy has already made it clear that Frankie Borelli, a member of the Fore Play podcast, will be on his bag.

“Blake Koepka is good at golf. I was actually the first one to say that. But in general golfers are mentally weak. I am a mental Armageddon. Very different ball game.” – Dave Portnoy

@frankieborelli

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Adam Scott joins Dustin Johnson in snubbing Tokyo Olympics

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Adam Scott is the latest player to opt-out of the Tokyo Olympics, with the games not fitting into the Aussie’s schedule, per Scott’s manager.

Speaking to GolfChannel, the Australian’s manager, Johan Elliot with Sportyard International, said

“With the world being the way it is, Adam is gone 4-5 weeks at a time this year during his playing blocks. With three young children at home, this time in the schedule will be devoted to family. It is pretty much the only time up until October when he has a chance to see them for a stretch of time and not only a few days/a week.”

The Olympic games fall two weeks after the Open Championship and one week before a WGC event. In 2016, Scott also skipped out of the event, citing schedule reasons and the outbreak of the Zika virus.

Scott follows in the footsteps of Dustin Johnson, who last month announced that he wouldn’t be partaking in the games due to a busy schedule and the travel requirements.

With Scott out of the picture, Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman are the frontrunners to represent Australia at the games in Japan.

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5-time LPGA major winner DQ’d after first round of LA Open

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Yani Tseng has suffered another setback in her return to the LPGA Tour, with the 5-time major champion being disqualified after the first round of the LA Open.

The news was first reported by GolfDigest, with the 32-year-old who shot a ’round in the 80s’, neglecting to sign her card following another disappointing day on the course. In a text to the publication, an LPGA spokesperson said

“The error was found during the standard post-round scorecard review process, when it was discovered that she had neglected to sign her scorecard. Failure to certify hole scores is a breach of Rule 3.3b(2), which states it is the player’s responsibility to certify their scores.”

This marks the third occasion in the past five months that a player on the LPGA Tour has been DQ’d for failing to sign their scorecard.

As for Tseng, it’s been a sorry start to the year, with the 15-time winner on tour now yet to break 75 in a single round so far in 2021.

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