LANGER COMES CLEAN “Langer Comes Clean” said the headline in your May edition. Really?
The article said that illegally ‘anchoring’ a putter occurs when the club, the gripping hand or the forearm is held against the body. It went on to say that Bernard Langer claims compliance by moving his top hand away from his chest as he’s about to putt.
The European Tour’s Chief Referee jumped in to say that we have to take Langer’s word that he does that.
But the article itself had also spoken of anchoring via the forearm. And the R&A’s explanation speaks about the banning of indirect anchoring points, the forearm being the main one.
The article even has a photograph of Langer with his forearm muscles bulging, arguably from the effort of keeping it pinioned.
Instead of heading off prematurely into questions of players’ intentions, shouldn’t the next question have been: “What do the rule-makers have to say about the forearm against his chest?” Now that Adam Scott has picked up the long stick again and Webb Simpson won The Players anchoring the club to the inside of his arm, isn’t it time to prevent all future circumvention of the ban by simply ruling that the putter must be the shortest club in the bag.
Langer can learn to swing a three-metre iron if he wants. Peter Swinton Carlton, NSW