There won't be a noticeable difference at the Greenbrier next week when the 94th State Amateur unfolds on the Old White TPC and Greenbrier courses.
Basically, the same characters will be on hand in search of their 14th title (Pat Carter), first (Sam O'Dell) or somewhere in between.
The 72-hole event gives many of the younger golfers an opportunity to experience a four-day championship, when sleeping in a hotel and remaining focused without a day off can determine whether or not they're built for the rigors of a pro golf career.
Making the cut is the first goal, going low on the third day is the second and being in the hunt for the final 18 is the third.
For Hurricane's Sam O'Dell, winning a West Virginia Golf Association "major" - the Open or Amateur - has become job one for the guy who is awfully good at competitive golf, but keeps it as a non-paying, second career.
He is the poster child for the argument against anchoring the putter, even if he agrees with the decision to make the practice illegal.
"I think it's the right move," said the 35-year-old O'Dell. "I don't disagree with it. That gives me three more amateurs before that happens."
Putter anchoring will be outlawed in USGA and PGA events beginning in 2016, giving West Virginia guys who have never won the Amateur and rely so heavily on the belly putter (i.e. O'Dell) three more tries to get the coveted championship.
Amateur players aren't making a living off the golf gig, but there's no option but to create a uniform rule for putting.
If you watch a player putt using an anchored style, you can immediately see the benefits. Anchoring the end of the putter into your sternum - or belly - helps the club keep its line. Instead of the arms maintaining the line to the hole, the responsibility falls on the body - a more stable center.
I'm not telling you something you didn't already know, but it gives a clearer reason why it's being outlawed.
The general consensus from players in the WVGA is that O'Dell could struggle using a short putter. My initial impression was to agree with that assessment, but now I'm not sure.
During the Greenbrier Classic, Carter said companies would most certainly come up with something to help players adjust, whether the club is weighted differently or the grips are altered.
O'Dell is counting on it.
"I'm hoping they come out with something," O'Dell said after finishing second in the Open last month in Parkersburg. "I'll probably get a little bigger grip and putt with a long putter, kind of like what Matt Kuchar does."
Kuchar uses a long putter but doesn't anchor it; instead he chokes up - or down, as it were - on the grip, with the hands toward the middle of the club. The club becomes part of the arms.
"I may just putt with it straight up and get the counter balance of a heavy putter," he said. "I think I'll be alright.