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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

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