Should this golf club be BANNED!? Is it CHEATING??

Should this golf club be BANNED!? Is it CHEATING??

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  1. randy underwood

    randy underwood

    10 timmar sedan

    does one get a "fitting" for this? how do i measure how long it has to be?

  2. Peter Cavellini

    Peter Cavellini

    10 timmar sedan

    Two grips ?, not very confident way to Putt?, I remember playing against a Guy who had two Putters!, one for short, medium putts, the other for long putts, and yes, his putting let him down.

  3. Peter Cavellini

    Peter Cavellini

    10 timmar sedan

    Only if every golfer lowered there handicap by ten strokes, from an 18 handicap to an 8 handicap in a few months, and we know that’s nonsense, it’s the human who is putting not the club.

  4. GourmetGringo


    Dag sedan

    Would be cool if you used different color golf balls when you're comparing the 2 putters. Makes it easier for the viewer

  5. Fred Zheng

    Fred Zheng

    3 dagar sedan

    The hairline Rick

  6. J C

    J C

    6 dagar sedan

    If you had started with the Arm lock putter first in your short putt test you may have found your putter to be better…

  7. Paul Billingham

    Paul Billingham

    11 dagar sedan

    I don't care whether or not the armlock is banned, but I can't find it within myself to support a player who uses it. I would rather Lose with a traditional putter, and retain the challenge and enjoyment of trying to Master a genuine putting stroke.

  8. Sandy Toplis

    Sandy Toplis

    11 dagar sedan

    Looks like it's very effective on putts you really expect to sink to make sure they always go down. For legality, how is it controversial? You showed the rules to allow a grip up the forearm, this is essentially a longer grip.

  9. Bobby Wrongway

    Bobby Wrongway

    19 dagar sedan

    Not banned gets my vote. Anybody who wants to use one can and they prefer the other. Same is available in the reverse.

  10. Jason Starks

    Jason Starks

    22 dagar sedan

    Speaking of banned clubs, why is the Callaway erc II banned from tournament play? Best club I've every swung! You should give it a go.

  11. Rickyfyied


    Månad sedan

    Only issue with putting it in the bag is if or when they ban it you gotta get used to normal again.

  12. James Ervin

    James Ervin

    Månad sedan

    It's only a matter of time till it's ruled illegal.

  13. DaB


    Månad sedan

    If anchoring is banned so should these arm lock putters... otherwise allow both, end of story...

  14. Dan Rose

    Dan Rose

    Månad sedan

    Rick has inspired me to get back into golf last year, thanks for another great informative video. The accent makes me feel fancy and cultured. Cheers.

  15. Gijs Hagemans

    Gijs Hagemans

    Månad sedan

    I like your hair cut!

  16. dizzybynature


    Månad sedan

    i turn my left hand 180 degrees so its backwards and keep the right hand the same (they both face forward).. that way my left hand wont allow wrist movement or turn.. this club does a similar thing.. i might look into it..

  17. Powd_Jake


    Månad sedan

    I'm new to golf and I really enjoy watching your videos. You make the videos entertaining while still being informative. Thank you for separating yourself from other golfing instructors on here. There are A LOT of snoozers out there!

  18. Dennis Robinson

    Dennis Robinson

    Månad sedan

    If everyone can use it or choose it or anchor if THEY want how is that cheating. Sounds like sore grapes to ME

  19. Josh Jess

    Josh Jess

    Månad sedan

    I wish you would put links and/or prices in your vid descriptions ✌ love all your videos mate and you have improved my game insanely 🤯 especially with shot consistency!

  20. sal-man


    Månad sedan

    If the young pro's are looking for a slight mechanical advantage, chances are they have peaked mentally. They can't all be Tiger ✌️

  21. Ben Choe

    Ben Choe

    Månad sedan

    more comfortable grip method:

  22. Scott Harrison

    Scott Harrison

    Månad sedan

    Hey Rick.. have you ever used L.A.B golf putters.. the ads look pretty interesting.

  23. pricey ledge

    pricey ledge

    Månad sedan

    Evnroll = deadly from 2ft, shocking from 20ft. Even the major distributors don't rate them

  24. Robert Aue

    Robert Aue

    Månad sedan

    That putter should be legal. It’s well with in the rules, someone just came up with a new great idea like the oversized putter grip.

  25. Mitchell Moretz

    Mitchell Moretz

    Månad sedan

    Why is it that the sport of golf seems so dead set against technological advances?

  26. Paynan Diaz

    Paynan Diaz

    Månad sedan

    My putting kills my game, I want to try this lol

  27. Steven Stanley

    Steven Stanley

    Månad sedan

    Hate the push over hairs



    Månad sedan

    Rick, I love your input. But in respect to this video, the green is patheticaly slow!! In not a fan myself if the 'assisted putter grip' but please test on a quicker green.

  29. Greedydood


    Månad sedan

    Every tech update in golf is technically “cheating”… so what why pick and choose.

  30. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith

    Månad sedan

    You find a reliable putter and your game will be on fire…



    Månad sedan

    nice hair cut Rick!

  32. Hayden Heys

    Hayden Heys

    Månad sedan

    Can you do a review on the TaylorMade Ardmore 3? The one that tiger used for a brief time period.

  33. jason steffey

    jason steffey

    Månad sedan

    If it doesn't land in the hole, it doesn't count!

  34. Peter Thrun

    Peter Thrun

    Månad sedan

    How can you shoot 8 in a row vs 4 in row and then tie? Don't seem right

  35. Chris Earle

    Chris Earle

    2 månader sedan

    It should totally be illegal... where can I buy one??

  36. David


    2 månader sedan

    PGA is getting neurotic on rules, here I'm still upset about the 2010 groove rule. If I want to play with my 1992 Ping Zings or Eyes or anyone else's wants to play with 30 year old clubs more power to them. Hate the game not the player. This was about money.

  37. Randy Silk

    Randy Silk

    2 månader sedan

    Regarding your 9 hole challenge, this was not a good test. There are too many inconsistent variables, the main one being the ability to aim accurately and the second being able to judge speed. With the traditional putter, you could have been aimed perfectly, but mis-heat the ball. With the arm lock, you could hit the ball perfectly square, but be aimed the wrong spot. If there was a way to build in a control which removed aim from the equation, your results might be completely different. In other words, you still have to be good at putting for the armlock to give you an advantage. ;)

  38. Spencer Rickard

    Spencer Rickard

    2 månader sedan


  39. Steve Waters

    Steve Waters

    2 månader sedan

    Love your enthusiasm and honesty Love the channel too keep it up rick ⛳⛳⛳

  40. William Shultz

    William Shultz

    2 månader sedan

    Works until they find a reason to ban it lol

  41. Jim Nuzzo

    Jim Nuzzo

    2 månader sedan

    Rick, I think the issue is your line-- all of your misses are slightly right...not sure if that is an issue of the putter or how you read your line

  42. Neal Parker

    Neal Parker

    2 månader sedan

    I think cant go wrong with a normal putter to be fair. What is with the other style of potters being used noticed 2 or 3 in the open similar to the old anchor putters but they are using the hand to bridge the putter and the golfers chest ?

  43. Ben Bates

    Ben Bates

    2 månader sedan

    Rick, great video. Certainly an interesting idea! I’m really looking forward to your review of the new Garmin R10 launch monitor, hopefully soon! When you do, would LOVE to see a side by side (feature by feature) accuracy comparison w/the G80, & then check those swings (club head speed, ball speed, carry & total distances) vs the GC Quad too.

  44. Rob Chisholm

    Rob Chisholm

    2 månader sedan

    Rick excellent comparison, I think a mid handicappers test would really add value, willing to put(no pun intended) it in my bag and test it from a mid handicappers perspective. . . Hint . . . Hint 😁

  45. william gould

    william gould

    2 månader sedan

    I have that black er2 with the gravity grip, can I throw the armlock on it or do I need a different club altogether?

  46. Kevin Quinn

    Kevin Quinn

    2 månader sedan

    Here’s every Rick Shiels new equipment video: 1) Going to try something new which is supposed to help your game 2) New equipment practice and learning curve 3) Compares against existing equipment 4) New equipment outperforms the existing equipment 5) Rick over emphasizes a couple of minor shortcomings 6) Rick decides to stick with what he has I mean, is there any new equipment Rick has tested that he has decided to go with and replace his existing equipment for?

  47. bobby loomba

    bobby loomba

    2 månader sedan

    i have BioMech Sports Accu Lock Ace Putter. Love it

  48. Steven Wolf

    Steven Wolf

    2 månader sedan

    I'm glad that you are actually testing the club out beforehand. I watched a few videos recently (such as the one where you play St. Andrews backwards with hickory clubs) where you apparently hit your shots cold. I just think...well, this isn't going to start well...

  49. J. Pardo

    J. Pardo

    2 månader sedan

    Adopting this putt, will have future and switching complications, such as availability of replacement grips, variety of grip thickness and grip shapes that I have come accustomed to. It maybe worth it to just add a wooden extension (home made) to my current putt, creating that arm support and try it out.

  50. Fred Roy

    Fred Roy

    2 månader sedan

    It would seem this one got away from the USGA.

  51. Zach Haddican

    Zach Haddican

    2 månader sedan

    very curious to see more info on this. Really need to improve my putting...



    2 månader sedan

    Ok make the maximum length of a putter 37” and the driver 50” or 52” what’s wrong with that? The pros could have a different size max.

  53. TristanPlaysBass


    2 månader sedan

    So I’m admittedly very American but I love to watch Rick’s putter videos because I get to hear him say “poo-tah” for ~10 minutes. Bliss.

  54. Greg W

    Greg W

    2 månader sedan

    If you don't put the arm lock in your bag send it to me and I'll put it in mine. 🤠

  55. steve perry

    steve perry

    2 månader sedan

    i'd like to try one. i could even make one out of a spare alternate putter with an extension and a doubled up grip, would have to most likely mess around with head weight.

  56. Glen Kurtz

    Glen Kurtz

    2 månader sedan

    The thought of banning anything in golf is so dumb if everyone can access it

    • Phil


      Månad sedan

      There are lines drawn and equipment rules for a reason. The point should be about using skill and knowledge to play better rather than trying to let equipment doing it for you. I also think that balls and other equipment should be nerfed for the pros, but that’s a different discussion. Baseball has standardized equipment that everyone plays with and therefore everyone is on a level playing field. Golf, unfortunately, is a much more capitalistic enterprise though and they make an unbelievable amount of money selling all these new clubs and balls that increase performance, without increasing skill or knowledge of the swing. The explosion in distance after the tech innovations in the late 90’s early 2000’s should have been enough to show us that they need to wrangle in these ridiculous tech upgrades before it destroys the game.

  57. Patriotic Man

    Patriotic Man

    2 månader sedan

    A tie with a completely new style of putter really is a win for the new putter in my opinion.

  58. bluefilosoff


    2 månader sedan

    Well is it the putter that is unique or the grip? Do I need to get an Evnroll putter or just put an Armlock grip on my Scotty Cameron knock off?

  59. HughB


    2 månader sedan

    Another fantastic video!!

  60. G Martinez

    G Martinez

    2 månader sedan

    Question - can you turn any putter into an armlock? Are they weighted differently? I noticed the armlock had an offset shaft (is that needed). Or could I add a shaft extension and a new grip to turn my putter into an armlock style putter?

  61. Harvey Rouse JR.

    Harvey Rouse JR.

    2 månader sedan

    Hey Ric; You need to request a HONU putter to do a review on and see how it compares to the L.A.B. putter. You Tubber MisterOnePutt out in Las Vegas did a great review. Would like to hear your opinion on the club.

  62. Ben Rudolph

    Ben Rudolph

    2 månader sedan

    What length is that midlock putter?! That's a must-have in my bag.

  63. thw5001a


    2 månader sedan

    Is it cheating? My opinion has always been that anything thats available to all players isn't cheating. The USGA gets around this by not specifically banning the club itself but the way you position it......... no anchoring for example. Years ago they banned Sam Snead's croquet-style putting...... his fix for the yips. I personally tied belly and anchored putting but had no success. In the hands of a skilled professional, its definitely seems to work. But I dont see it as cheating

  64. Kevin Smith

    Kevin Smith

    2 månader sedan

    I’m sorry but I couldn’t concentrate on anything that entire video other than the fact Rick wasn’t wearing a hat! Looks so odd lol

  65. John Jhon Jon Jonathan Johnson Johnston Johnstar IV

    John Jhon Jon Jonathan Johnson Johnston Johnstar IV

    2 månader sedan

    banning advantages is dumb. golf clubs dont work, limiting the skill of the users, this one works better so it should be the default.

  66. Jeffrey Kropp

    Jeffrey Kropp

    2 månader sedan

    In the USA, Uncle Joe would consider this a dangerous "arm brace" that should be banned.

  67. Wayne Hankinson

    Wayne Hankinson

    2 månader sedan

    Super Stroke have had these grips for while as well.

  68. Jake Saczawa

    Jake Saczawa

    2 månader sedan

    The pain might just be that your not used to that position so it’s kinda awkward till you really get used to it

  69. sb632


    2 månader sedan

    I've had my thoughts on this for a while. I tried this with my regular putter at home. And the wrist lock definitely helped me. But I will also add that to me the technique is not entirely different from a cross handed grip. To me doing that offers more wrist stability as well. So I do not believe it's cheating nor does it need to be banned. Nobody is dominating the game using it.

  70. Molly Haley

    Molly Haley

    2 månader sedan

    DATME: -p-o-r-n--s-e-x----۞ CHOOSE YOUR DREAM GIRL !💖🖤❤️#今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!#この日のライブ配信は、#かならりやばかったですね!#1万人を超える人が見ていたも ん(#笑)#やっぱり人参最高!#まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした #今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです! #この日のライブ配信は、 #かならりやばかったですね! #1万人を超える人が見ていたもん( #笑) #やっぱり人参最高! #まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした #垃圾

  71. James Newland

    James Newland

    2 månader sedan

    Ban it

  72. James Calkins

    James Calkins

    2 månader sedan

    I just started using a SIK armlock, fitted to me. I have never scored putting the way I am with this putter. Do yourself a favor and try a fitted armlock putter, I don't care who the maker is. Fitting makes a big difference - length, lie, loft.

  73. Trandafir Ruby

    Trandafir Ruby

    2 månader sedan

    This has always been the argument right? New equipment/style, new fears? For any sport.

  74. Ian MacCandless

    Ian MacCandless

    2 månader sedan

    This is not a question of one particular club or make of club. It is a question of rules and what is fair. Anchoring is just a term, not even a concept. If all putters were limited to around 34 inches in length, the debate and the term would disappear, as would the unfair advantage obtained by some.

  75. Johnny Berglund

    Johnny Berglund

    2 månader sedan

    Hi, putter grip is excentric, what say rule on that? Els I will try a longer grip! Keep talking golf! Johnny

  76. Brian Mellon

    Brian Mellon

    2 månader sedan

    Be interesting to see how many more tour pro's start using it. Because as you say its gives more of a "robotic stroke". To me I think it would be more consistent

  77. Guanrong Cai

    Guanrong Cai

    2 månader sedan

    I’d go with the arm lock just by looking at the rolls of your short putt test. However, a bit of randomization would’ve been nice for the testing methods. You went with traditional first most of the time which meant you knew the breaks and speeds before using the arm lock, just a thought.

  78. Scott Smith

    Scott Smith

    2 månader sedan

    Ban it!

  79. Genuine Comments

    Genuine Comments

    2 månader sedan

    Click bait bye

  80. Luke Ellenberg

    Luke Ellenberg

    2 månader sedan

    DATME: -p-o-r-n--s-e-x----۞ CHOOSE YOUR DREAM GIRL !💖🖤❤️#今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!#この日のライブ配信は、#かならりやばかったですね!#1万人を超える人が見ていたも ん(#笑)#やっぱり人参最高!#まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした #今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです! #この日のライブ配信は、 #かならりやばかったですね! #1万人を超える人が見ていたもん( #笑) #やっぱり人参最高! #まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした #垃圾

  81. Brad Acorn

    Brad Acorn

    2 månader sedan

    You can't "Pivot around a Point" but you can "LOCK" your arm so your wrist doesn't pivot...Nah! It's not cheating. 😆😆

  82. Jay Aeecee

    Jay Aeecee

    2 månader sedan

    For me, it all comes down to that 6 inch putter between my ears. I've heard it said that golf is 90% mental and the other 10% is mental.

  83. Not Me Not Me

    Not Me Not Me

    2 månader sedan

    When I putt, it takes me 4 shots to get a ball in from 5 yds. Will this putter make me go from scoring 120 per round to becoming the birdie king?

  84. kazehana877


    2 månader sedan

    Eventually I believe they will instate a meter rule on putters where putter will be restricted to a length of 1 meter

  85. Mark M

    Mark M

    2 månader sedan

    The 5 foot putt 🕳 comparison is perhaps the most applicable to lowering scores… perhaps 2 4 shots gained per round? What do you think?

  86. Mark M

    Mark M

    2 månader sedan

    Looks like there’s a hill around the hole 🕳?

  87. Trond Gjertsen

    Trond Gjertsen

    2 månader sedan

    Every time they ban a putting method someone comes up with a new way of trying to cheat how it is intended to be played... Why not fix this at once by saying you are only allowed to grip the club with your hands and it can't touch any other parts of your body? Even players that say they want this banned has started using it because it gives such much of an advantage.

  88. Jesse Tuzi

    Jesse Tuzi

    2 månader sedan

    I think you need to make the switch

  89. Marachenka


    2 månader sedan

    No length of putter should be banned. If it did give the golfer an advantage I'm pretty sure all golfers would use them. It's all down to personal style and skill

  90. reab


    2 månader sedan

    Maybe it´s due to the camera angle, but in my opinion you pulled nearly every shot with the standard putter and you did less with the armlock putter.

  91. Troy Blackwell

    Troy Blackwell

    2 månader sedan

    My view is that putters should be no more than 36 inch in length

  92. Kyng Mayberry

    Kyng Mayberry

    2 månader sedan

    Why the hell would you punish someone for coming up with a legal way of putting much more consistently by taking it from them cause it worked.

  93. Peter Andresen

    Peter Andresen

    2 månader sedan

    That was very informative and fun

  94. Theuns Stander

    Theuns Stander

    2 månader sedan

    Honestly, 8/10 on the 8ft putt is awesome, those are the putts you expect to hole and the armlock showed crazy consistency in this area. Most golfers don't expect to hole too many 40ft putts anyway. If my results are the same on long lag putts but, i am twice as solid on anything within 8ft, sign me up immediately. That is probably worth 3/4 strokes on most golfers handicaps.

  95. Kevin Conquergood

    Kevin Conquergood

    2 månader sedan

    The hair sweep stole the show.. couldn’t stop looking at it 🙈

  96. Tony Scott

    Tony Scott

    2 månader sedan

    Do broomstick next. Still legal, Haney has issues with it although Langer seems oblivious.

  97. Sean Coxe

    Sean Coxe

    2 månader sedan

    I've tried an armlock. It's lights-out on anything inside 10', but more challenging outside that range because less feel. (BTW, I think this test mostly proves Rick isn't a great putter, regardless of the weapon he's wielding. Lol.)

  98. David Parsons

    David Parsons

    2 månader sedan

    It is just another anchored putter. Would like to see it banned.

  99. Timothy Hickman

    Timothy Hickman

    2 månader sedan

    Used a Tommy Armor mid lock several weeks ago it was magic. Went back two days later and this golf galaxy was sold out. Ouch

  100. tjbrenna


    2 månader sedan

    I’m going to put one on my 60 degree wedge