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Also,  in the article Horschel states:

"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," Horschel continuted. "It's just sort of locked in. Guys are doing it too good."

To my knowledge there isn't anything in the rules that states you can't turn your normal putting grip to the side and use the flat part against your lead hand and accomplish the same thing.  You could go a little farther up and use the Superstroke wrist lock grip which basically does what I am describing but locks it in the wrist.  

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I thought this was odd and kind of came out of no where for Horschel to bring up .. how many guys are really using it ? And it might for some it might not work for others 

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To be honest, I can’t believe they’re still legal.
 

I wouldn’t frown if they banned them.

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Putters should be unregulated IMHO. Broomstick, belly or arm lock who cares? If any of these were the secret sauce everyone would be using them. Same goes for putting styles, let's let the croquet style putters do their thing. Between your legs? Go for it. If every type and style of putter were allowed, I'd wager scores wouldn't change a bit.
The only caveat would be that no club longer than the driver be used to measure drops to eliminate the broomstick cheaters.

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If you can't anchor to the chest, why should you be able to anchor to your arm? 

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There is a fundamental difference between anchoring to the chest and anchoring to the belly and the armlock method. Anchoring to the chest or belly creates a fixed pivot point on the body. Armlocking does not.

If you can't anchor to the chest, why should you be able to anchor to your arm? 


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7 hours ago, cnosil said:

Okay,  I'll bite.    Everyone has opinions on this and that is fine.   You may not like armlock,  but it isn't cheating and you may want to make it illegal.

The rules are about anchoring the end of the club to a pivot point (belly, chest).  In those strokes the putter rotated around that anchor point.   In armlock the pivot point is the shoulder.   The end of the clubs isn't anchored using the definition of the tour.    Since anchor means to secure firmly in position we should just make putting one handed.   By using two hands you are anchoring the putter. 

Two hands on the putter is gripping it. Locking it against your arm is anchoring the stroke. Not for the pivot point but for the face rotation.  It shouldn’t be allowed. 

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1 hour ago, LICC said:

Two hands on the putter is gripping it. Locking it against your arm is anchoring the stroke. Not for the pivot point but for the face rotation.  It shouldn’t be allowed. 

I could lock out my left arm and turn the grip sideways and do the same with left hand low and my fingers between the grip and forearm.   The armlock minimizes wrist breakdown which will limit rotation, but not prevent rotation;  unless you lock out your arm like Bryson does.  

But like many other methods over time it may be banned simply because people don't like it even though similar methods have been used since the 80s

 

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I don't mind Horschel, but I don't agree with him here. I'm cool with arm lock, putt however you want. I went to a left hand low grip for the same reason, to help square the club face. If there's an easy, or comfortable way to do it, then let them play.

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I don't have an issue with it, nor do I have a dog in the race, but I don't understand how they ban anchoring a long putter to the chest, but allow anchoring against the forearm.  But, whatever.  🙂 

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JT called it “cheating” a while back as well. In my opinion, the skill in putting is in green reading and speed control. All the talk of face rotation and arm locking is pretty suspect. I’d like to see data on how much actually changes when you arm lock. There’s nothing “locking” the grip to your arm. There’s nothing “locking” your arm from rotating. If it was such an advantage, everyone would be doing it. Are the best putters on tour all arm locking?

If they were to change the rules, where would you even draw a line? How far down can you grip? How far can your putter go up your arm? What about reverse grip? How long can a putter be? Should all tall players be required to look like Matt Kuchar when putting? [emoji23]


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One of the key things I took from Horschel's comments was that guys are using putter grips that are turned 90°, so the flat surface is against the forearm. This means that the face will always be square to your arm. I agree with him that I don't think that is fair. The rule change for that should be simple: make it so the flat portion of the grip has to be perpendicular to the face. Other than that, I don't have a problem with armlock putting.

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Had to look it up....

 

The Grip

The grip must be fixed to the shaft, must be straight and plain in form, must extend to the end of the shaft and must not be moulded for any part of the hands. If no material is added, that portion of the shaft designed to be held by the player must be considered the grip.

 

In my opinion, they are conforming to the rules with the grip....it's the anchoring on the arm that changes everything.  

 

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Let them putt with anything they want but take away the greens book.  Everyone has to become a green reader again.

Wonder what Billy would say about that 🤔

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My wife who played college golf in the 80’s uses a 35” Ping Anser she got in 1978. Since the first day of ownership, she grips down toward the bottom which allows the top 6” of the shaft to “lock” in. Should we outlaw all 35” putters? As long as a player isn’t using technology (eg Rodney Dangerfields putter) or a mechanical device to aid in the stroke, all putters and methods should be legal. BTW, Billy has the right to switch methods!

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To all the people that say "anchoring, and armlock doesn't matter or doesn't make putting easier" ... if it doesn't matter then why do it and then why care if it's banned? 

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6 minutes ago, d.lama said:

To all the people that say "anchoring, and armlock doesn't matter or doesn't make putting easier" ... if it doesn't matter then why do it and then why care if it's banned? 

This type of argument is strictly based on what side of the fence your on. The same argument could be made that if YOU think it is an advantage, Why don’t you switch?  
 

There is no scientific or factual answer to either question that I can see as it is all player dependent. 

 

 

 

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I own an armlock putter and the face DOES rotate, especially on longer putts because you'll get into some unusual positions if you don't let it rotate.  I would encourage anyone commenting here to try it before judging. It's a very different way of putting and not without its challenges. 

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