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Goodbye Belly Putter

Phil Mickelson Belly Putting
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The “anchoring” ban takes effect January 1, 2016 for all levels of golf, including professionals.

So no more anchoring the club into your midsection, belly, chin or any other body part.  However, if you accidentally “brush” an anchoring point of your body, there’s no penalty.

Personally, I don’t know to many golfers who use a belly putter.  I tried one once and didn’t really care for it.  Plus, it looked kind of goofy towering over the other clubs in my golf bag.

Now I need to figure out how to use this ruling to my advantage.  I somehow need to convince my wife Suzette that my current putter is now “illegal” and I need to go out and buy a new one.

The big question is, “Can I convince her?”  Can I bend over far enough to get her to believe my current putter is a “belly putter?”

Given the fact I suffer from “Dunlap Disease,” where my belly dun-laps over my belt, the bending over part might be a bit much.

Maybe I should just meet with the golf guys over beers to “discuss” the ruling instead.

Either way - I WIN.

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