This is just guesswork on my part but there are some pretty sophisticated measurement devices out there. I can imagine a scenario where a coach attaches a device to the player during training gives feedback about whether the player is achieving the objectives. The ones I know about are the vests and even electrodes which measure movement of the body during the swing and along the lines of your heart rate monitor the ones which measure mental factors to help make the decision about whether the player is ready to hit their shot.
In my opinion they mucked up on the long putter issue. Hopefully they'll get it right with the impact of technology on the game.
Thanks again Forrest ... I have no doubt that your guess is a lot better than mine.
As to the long putter ... I agree that it has been a fiasco from the beginning ... and it is about to get worse.
No doubt you are aware of the new 'anchoring' rule:
10.1 Making a Stroke
b. Anchoring the Club
In making a stroke, the player must not anchor the club, either:
- Directly, by holding the club or a gripping hand against any part of the body (except that the player may hold the club or a gripping hand against a hand or forearm), or
- Indirectly, through use of an “anchor point,” by holding a forearm against any part of the body to use a gripping hand as a stable point around which the other hand may swing the club.
If the player’s club, gripping hand or forearm merely touches his or her body or clothing during the stroke, without being held against the body, there is no breach of this Rule.
For the purposes of this Rule, “forearm” means the part of the arm below the elbow joint and includes the wrist.
My response to this draft rule was:
The draft of this Rule is a good example of the sort of mess one can get into when, like playing the game itself, one compounds one’s errors – first allowing the long putter and then failing to ban it. A ‘swing’ with a long putter is not a golf swing and one finds oneself in the position of having to frame a regulation which is basically indecipherable, and will simply not be read. My advice is to keep it very simple; use the statement suggested and leave it up to the good sense of golfers to do what is required. Why the maximum length of a putter cannot be specified, as is the case for all other clubs, is beyond me! If it were, there would be no need for the verbal gymnastics of the proposed Rule.
I proposed that this rule should read:
It is not permitted to make a stroke when a hand gripping the club, or a forearm, is held against the body to establish an anchor point.