PGA of Australia to ban broomstick-style putters from 2016
Last Updated: 11/07/13 1:28pm
Tim Clark: Using one of the putters set to be outlawed from the start of 2016
Golf's governing body in Australia have said they will join other organisations by banning broomstick-style putters from 2016.
The Professional Golfers Association of Australia announced on Thursday they support the new rule that will ban players from anchoring a club directly, or by use of an anchor point, against any part of the body, effectively banning belly and chest putting.
A number of Major championships in recent years have been won by players using such clubs, the most recent being Australian Adam Scott in The Masters at Augusta in April.
PGA of Australia chief Brian Thorburn said his organisation wanted to avoid a situation in which professional golfers would have to compete under different conditions on different international tours.
He said: "The implementation of this rule will inevitably affect a number of our professionals who compete both at home and abroad, and it's important they now have clarity and time to adapt.
"Throughout this process our greatest priority was to ensure consistency so that when our professionals, and of course visiting internationals, play in Australia they will be competing under the same conditions adopted across all the world's top tours."
South African Gary Player, a nine-time Major champion, is happy with the change of rule saying recently: "The long putter allows you to hide your nerves and nerves are an integral part of the game of golf."
But Player's compatriot Tim Clark has indicated he may take legal action to try and prevent the change becoming law.
The ban is due to come into force on January 1st, 2016.