Ernie Els and his Belly Putter /
Kyle Terada, US Presswire.
Ernie Els said in 2011 ” As long as its legal, I’ll keep cheating like the rest of them.” Seems as if Ernie may now be voicing some concern about the banning of his Belly Putter, a complete 360 on his original quote.
This is what Ernie now has to say;
” For a lot of guys they thought it was a magic wand, you put your hands on it and you’re going to make putts. But it’s taken me a long time to get used to it. So in all honesty, I’m not for it if they change it, but if so then so be it. I’m not the rules maker, there are people that want to look after the game and the future of the game, and if they feel that they need to ban it, I’ll go with it, but I’m definitely not for that.”
Ernie jumped camp and turned to the belly putter two years ago, the use of this putter ended more than a two-year Tour winless drought, with his Major victory at The Open last July at Royal Lytham and Saint Annes.
Although the proposed ban on anchoring, Rule 14.1b, by the sport’s governing bodies. the R&A and the U.S.G.A, is not due take effect until the year 2016, the Tour could create its own rule and outlaw the method much earlier, perhaps as soon as October. Ernie has admitted he has recently played a couple of rounds at the Johor Open with a conventional putter;
It felt quite good”
But Ernie has no plans to change back to the conventional putter anytime soon, may be the Tour could force him into the swap sooner than he thinks.