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Tim Clark is using this strange looking putter to get around golf's new rule

The South African had used an anchor putter for nearly 20 years.

This is Tim Clark's new putter.
This is Tim Clark's new putter.

FOR NEARLY TWO decades, Tim Clark has used a long putter anchored to his chest due to a congenital problem with his arms that means he can’t supinate his wrists.

Basically he can’t turn his hands so that the palms face upwards or outwards.

With the blanket ban on anchoring coming into force for most professional golfers for the first time this week, Clark was likely to be one of those most impacted by the rule change.

To get around the ban and his condition, Clark switched to the strange looking BioMech ‘Acculock’ putter where the shaft leans forwards and allows the grip to rest against the forearm during the putting stroke.

Here’s what the €255 putter looks like:

And how Clark grips it:

Because of his condition, he still cannot properly grip a short putter but it at least allows him to use a “claw” grip with his right hand and it seems to be working.

During yesterday’s first round of The Sony Open, he was tied for 12th on -4 with Ireland’s Padraig Harrington.

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