One golfer who won’t be affected by the proposed ruling, whose putting stroke with a conventional blade is arguably the best in the game, is Luke Donald.
Despite losing his World Number One ranking, Luke Donald continues to dominate the putting stats on the European and PGA Tours. He recently announced his hole-out rate from the PGA Tour in 2012 on Twitter.
Incredibly, he holed 90.2% of putts inside 10 feet. The Chicago-based golfer later revealed that out of 485 putts within three feet of the hole, he had only missed one all year.
A good way to improve your chances of holing more putts is to trust your eyes, and your feet.
When we look at a putt and walk about the green our eyes and feet are taking in all the information we need about the distance of the putt and the slopes and undulations on the green.
Golfers frequently struggle with longer putts because they get in the way of this information by trying to perfectly judge how hard they need to hit the ball and focus on trying to make a particular length of stroke.
A great way to get an appreciation of how well you judge distance is to practice with your eyes closed.
Next time you are on the putting green:
Take your normal putting stance and have a long look at the hole
Slowly draw your eyes back, following the line of the putt
Once your eyes are over the ball, close them and swing
Although strange at first, you should soon find yourself getting the ball consistently close to the hole and even knocking a few in, regardless of the length.
When it comes to putting out on the course try and follow the same routine so that you spend more time looking at the hole and less down at the ball.
A good mantra to go by is; read it, see it, hit it!