Keegan Bradley has been perhaps the most vocal PGA TOUR player in speaking out against the USGA and R&A ban on anchored putters. The ban – which takes effect starting in 2016 – prohibits players from anchoring the putter to their body.
Bradley, among other players such as Webb Simpson and number one ranked Adam Scott, have used this style too much success, racking up majors and forcing the issue to the forefront of the golf world.
So yesterday, when Bradley debuted a new short putter, it lead many to question the reasoning behind the abrupt switch.
It turns out it was just a good ol’ fashion talk with Mom, and an assist from the greatest basketball player ever.
“She said, ‘I’m going to tell you something. I don’t think you’re going to like it, I was like, alright and she said, ‘I think you should use the short putter.'”
Bradley spoke after carding a -5 67 on Thursday at Muirfield Village.
He also attributed his choice to bag the short putter in part due to the heckling of one Michael Jordan. “I played 36 holes a day with MJ last week. And I told him I really wanted him to chirp at me, make me uncomfortable. Which he’s good at.”
His performance with the conforming flat stick was a marked improvement over his average this year, where he ranks just 44th in strokes gained putting.
While it’s a little early to tell if Keegan’s new club is a permanent fixture, this bodes well for one of golf’s young stars.
With just 19 months until all players have to find themselves in compliance, Bradley is seemingly ahead of the curve in his transition.
Keegan Bradley tees off at the second round of The Memorial Tournament in Dublin, OH at 1:05pm EST.