The US PGA Tour announced this week it has agreed to ban anchored putting, narrowly avoiding a potentially damaging split with the sport’s two governing bodies.
In May, golf’s rule makers – the Royal and Ancient and the USGA -announced that from January 2016 anchor strokes will be forbidden.
Therefore no more broom-handle or belly putters, which use an anchor point on the body to increase stroke stability.
Four of the last seven major winners have used anchor putters, most recently Adam Scott in April’s Masters.
The US PGA Tour, which has the right to make rule modifications for their own competitions, had initially been opposed to the move.
But in a statement the PGA said “having a single set of rules on acceptable strokes was desirable and would avoid confusion”.