I do not actually remember how the subject of putting side saddle came up the other day. There are so many different putters, grip styles, and strokes it makes even my head spin! But what I noticed is fairly consistent among Pro’s and amateurs alike is the putting stance, its almost always square. What gave me pause was the legality of putting side saddle, or, in other words, a very open stance, similar to a croquet address. Reason for my concern is because I putt side saddle! I look a lot like Jack in my address with the putter…
Another gentleman you may have heard of, Sam Snead, adopted an almost strait-on croquet stance due to a case of the yips.
My stance is pretty much a happy medium between Jack and Sam. But again, I questioned whether the USGA allowed such a stance. So after posing the question to Twitter (yea, I know…), and getting an even number of “yes” and “no” answers, I was on a quest to find the ruling! You know you love coming along on a “Jay Quest”!…
Here is the answer as quoted from the USGA:
Rule 16-1.e: Standing Astride or on Line of Putt
So basically, I interpret that to mean you can stand as open, square, or closed as you want, just as long as both feet are on one side of the line of the ball to the hole.