1. MORE PROS WILL DITCH THE ANCHORED PUTTER
Keegan Bradley was the first big-name anchorer to switch putters last year when he did so at the Hero World Challenge, but he won’t be the last — the USGA will see to that. With its ban due to go into effect early next year, expect more people to follow Bradley’s lead and switch sooner rather than later.
2. COUNTER BALANCE PUTTERS WILL BECOME MORE POPULAR
. . . and as pros start preparing for life after the anchor ban, look for counterbalanced putters to be their new weapon of choice. That’s what Keegan Bradley used when he ditched his belly putter, and Jason Dufner switched to a counterbalanced Futura X before his injury. Counterbalanced putters feature more weight at both ends of the club that — the theory goes — helps stabilize the arms throughout the stroke. With manufactures producing more of them and average golfers eager to learn more, look for them to feature prominently in 2015.