|Sam Snead using the legal croquet style
putting method. Both feet face the hole
and on one side of the line of the putt.
Thinking of trying the croquet putting method? Be very careful not to straddle the line of the putt when you do as this is illegal and a violation of the rules of golf.
The straddle method was banned in 1968 after the great Sam Snead employed it late in his career as his putting deteriorated. Reportedly Bobby Jones played a large role in having the technique banned.
“Bob Jones got that banned, I’m sure of it,” Snead once said. “I would’ve won Augusta again if they let me putt that way.”
But why was it banned? I see no reason apart from sour grapes from Bobby Jones. What specifically about this straddle method isn’t right? Facing the hole surely seems more natural and it does not rest the hands or club against the body like some legal belly putters do.