"I went with it (long putter) when I couldn't pull the putter back. "Now, they have heavier weighted putters and different grips. I'll get over it and be confident over it."
O'Dell's putting style is much like that of PGA Tour player Adam Scott.
The PGA Tour's Tim Clark, on the other hand, has a disability that - he says - requires anchoring the putter. Clark said he has a congenital arm issue in which he cannot supinate his forearms. That is, he can't rotate his hand or forearm so that the palm faces up. He admitted in an interview with Golf Channel's Todd Lewis that it's "extremely hard to putt with tight forearms."
Clark used the word "flabbergasting" when it was suggested that anchoring eliminates nervous twitches - the yips.
It certainly doesn't take away the yips for everybody, but the argument that anchoring the putter against your body doesn't help with twitching is flabbergasting to me.
Anchoring the putter can't make a good putter great, but it can certainly make a below-average putter good. Remember, drive for show and putt for dough.
Nevertheless, Clark suggests that he wouldn't want to be "the only guy using something out there," in reference to an anchored putter.
That's good, because rule changes often require all of us to alter the way we do things to make a living.
When it comes to guys like O'Dell, winning the Amateur is more about pride and bragging rights (and having a good reason to take off a week of work to play golf).
For those who rely on playing four days to make money and pay bills, it's a different story.
Much has been made about this rule change considered dramatic by many, but certainly welcomed by some - Tiger Woods, for example.
O'Dell has seven top 10 finishes at the Amateur, lost in the playoff for runner-up in 2011 with a Greenbrier Classic exemption on the line and tied for fourth last year.
He's not running out of time, as he assessed after last month's Open.
Still, I'll be interested to see if he puts more pressure on himself to win considering the impending uncertainty with changing putting styles.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.