January 07, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Tim Clark has been using the same long putter model for the last 11 years. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Tim Clark has been using an Odyssey 2-Ball Long putter for the last 11 years and the same putting method for nearly 20 years, but starting next year (Jan. 1, 2016) the two-time PGA TOUR winner will have to find a new flatstick.
The looming anchor ban saw Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson switch to non-anchored models during the tail-end of the 2014 season. Others will soon follow in the months ahead, including Clark, who's currently mulling his options.
"I'm still concentrating on really the tournaments that I'm playing this year and trying to play well," Clark said on Wednesday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. "At some point I'm going to have to think about the change next year. I'm going to go to Scotty Cameron's studio after San Diego to get some things made for me to try out, but at the end of the day I've got to focus on what I can do right now, and when the time comes, change."
Unlike Simpson and Bradley who can switch to a non-anchored putter at any point, Clark's situation is a bit more complicated due to a rare condition that prevents him from being able to supinate his wrists.
While Clark wouldn't divulge his anchor ban plan, he confirmed he has the situation under control with less than a year to go.
"I think I've got a pretty good handle on it," Clark said. "I'm not as concerned as I was maybe at the start of last year, because you know, I think I've figured something out now and I'll be fine. But I'm not going to spend my time practicing it now while I'm trying to play tournaments this year with what I've used."
Clark has yet to test or tinker with a different putter on TOUR, but he was spotted last season at the RBC Heritage putting sidesaddle — a putting technique that was made popular by Sam Snead during the latter stages of his career.
"Once they tell me it's done, then it's done," Clark said of the anchor ban. "Then it will be a lot easier to change."