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LAS VEGAS – Anchored putters won’t be banned until Jan. 1, 2016, but Webb Simpson may switch from his beloved belly putter much sooner than that.
Simpson told PGATOUR.COM that he may use the short putter at next month’s Dunlop Phoenix Open in Japan and would “absolutely” use the short putter in 2015 if all goes well.
”I’m not sure,” he said about when he’d switch putters. “I may switch for Japan in a few weeks, but I’m still just trying to make sure I’m ready to go and have worked on everything I need to work on before I start.”
Simpson has practiced at home with the short putter for the past couple of years, but said he’s increased his practice time with the traditional-length putter. He uses it in about half of his practice putting at home, he said, and in casual rounds. He’s experimenting with “four or five” different short putters, including a mallet and cavity-back, Newport style.
Simpson has been using the belly putter since 2004, when he was playing collegiate golf at Wake Forest. He is a four-time PGA TOUR winner, including the 2012 U.S. Open.
The Dunlop Phoenix Open is scheduled for November 20-23 at Phoenix Country Club. Luke Donald is the defending champion.