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Preparing for the anchor ban, Tim Clark practices sidesaddle putting

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Tim Clark is one of the players most likely to be affected by the USGA's upcoming ban on anchored putting, and not just because he's been using such a stroke for almost 20 years.

Clark has a rare condition that prevents him from being able to supinate his wrists. So, while other pros can return to a short putter, Clark's condition physically eliminates that option. 

"Now we are going to have to explore our options," Clark told Golf World last year. "I planned to play until I physically no longer could play. Now I've been told I'm going to have to change the way I putt in a few years. Now my future is uncertain."

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But with change fast-approaching, Tim Clark, who ordinarily anchors his putter into his chest, is preparing for the future ahead. On the putting green the day before the first round of the 2014 RBC Heritage, Clark discussed the upcoming ban with members of his team and hit a handful of putts sidesaddle.


Sam Snead popularized the method after putting sidesaddle for the tail-end of his career. On the opposite end of the spectrum, comedian Larry David said on 'Feherty' that he putts sidesaddle because he finds it more fun than putting conventionally.

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Clark said that while he's obviously aware of the upcoming ban, he's still a long way from deciding what method he will employ.

"I've tinkered around with a handful of techniques, but I haven't really looked into it much further" Clark said. "I don't have a clear idea yet of what I'm going to do."