If a golfer uses a belly putter, is it giving him an unfair advantage over the competition? Should the shortest club in the bag really be the flatstick? Does anchoring a club into the body truly allow for nerves to be reduced? Most importantly, do the benefits of using a belly putter outweigh how ridiculous it looks on the greens?
Except for the last one, these are all relevant questions and will likely be answered by golf's governing bodies, the R&A and the USGA, in the coming months.
Traditionalists who support a belly putter ban include Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer, while those who are up in arms over the possibility include most likely every PGA pro that uses the club.
According to the PGA itself, the use of anchoring putters on Tour has skyrocketed over the past year, as twenty of the top 125 pros went with the belly at some point in 2011, versus just six in the previous year.
Let's take an in-depth look at the situation by power ranking the golfers who would suffer the most from a belly putter ban.