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Harrington switches to the belly putter

Thursday - 5/2/2013, 5:48pm  ET

DOUG FERGUSON
AP Golf Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Padraig Harrington will try anything that makes him play better golf, even a method of putting he believes should be outlawed.

Despite his support of a proposed rule that would ban anchored strokes, Harrington switched to the belly putter Thursday in the Wells Fargo Championship. It didn't appear to help him much -- he made only one birdie in a round of 80 -- but he plans to stick with it.

"I took it out last week, and mechanically, everything I do with my putting stroke is better with the belly putter than without it," he said.

Harrington is a "Working for Golf" ambassador for the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, which along with the U.S. Golf Association proposed the new rule last November that would ban the anchored stroke. It has become one of the most divisive issues in golf. A final ruling is expected by the end of the month.

Switching to the belly putter hasn't changed Harrington's mind. He still thinks it should be banned. Then again, this is an Irishman who wears glasses even though he has 20/20 vision.

Harrington, though, was quick to point out that it's within the rules at the moment, and will be until 2016 even if the governing bodies adopt the proposed rule on anchoring.

"I don't support the belly putter," Harrington said. "I think it's bad for the game of the golf. If something is going to help me for the next 3
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