The professional golf player Bryson DeChambeau was before last weeks tournament on the PGA Tour informed, that his putter was illegal (i.e. not in accordance with the Rules of Golf). Therefore he would be disqualified, if he used it (again).
You can see the weird putter at this this link. The putter had been examined by USGA, and the problem allegedly was the shafts placement in the middle of the putterhead.
DeChambeau was not too happy about it all:
“I was very disappointed with the way they (PGA) handled it. They’ve said to me, too, that they don’t like the way I’m doing it. But it’s within the rules, and I don’t know why they don’t like it…” he said according to Morningread.com.
What they didn’t like was (according to DeChambeau) how he was (and is) putting; he putts “side-saddle”:
In stead of putting like most people and having the putter in front of you and swinging left-right (in relation to the body), he has the putter to the right and swings it “forward-backwards”.
This way of putting (side-saddle) is not illegal after the Rules of Golf, as long as you are not anchoring the club.
Legendary Sam Snead also putted side-saddle – see the video below. The video shows two ways of putting; the first is (as of today) illegal after the Rules of Golf, but the last (side-saddle) is not.
Maybe we ought to try putting side-saddle… it seemed to work quite fine for Sam Snead and Bryson DeChambeau….