Stadler's answer to anchoring ban? Putt left-handed


The ban on anchored putting is less than a year away, and the clock continues to tick for players who will soon need to adapt their stroke to comply with one of golf's newest rules.

Kevin Stadler plans to switch to a regulation-length putter, but he's also taking things a step further: the right-handed Stadler will soon putt left-handed.

"Just going backward with a little short one," Stadler told the Associated Press.

Stadler has become a mainstay on the PGA Tour and notched his first win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open last year, but those successes have come in spite of continued struggles on the greens. Using a broomstick putter anchored into his chin, Stadler finished the 2013-14 season ranked No. 163 on Tour in strokes gained putting and he hasn't been inside the top 150 in the category since ranking 138th in 2009.

Stadler was seen experimenting with a left-handed putter during practice at the Travelers Championship in June, and now he plans to put the unorthodox strategy into action.

"I've putted my whole life as a kid cross-handed, and when I was a really little kid, I played left-handed for a little bit. It feels comfortable," he said. "That's probably what I'm going to do."

Stadler was putting right-handed at last week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where he withdrew prior to the third round because of a stress fracture in his right hand. He is expected to tee it up next week at the Humana Challenge before defending his title at TPC Scottsdale the following week.