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Figured this would spark a nice debate. It seems the belly and long putter hoopla may not yet be over. The following article discusses how the USGA and R&A are in talks about banning anchoring the putter. Thought it was worthy of its own post. If I read correctly, no equipment will be deemed non-conforming, just the practice of anchoring (which IMO is just to protect them from being sued by equipment manufacturers). See article:

 

http://mobile.golfweek.com/news/2012/feb/05/usga-r-may-not-spare-belly-putters-after-all/


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Figured this would spark a nice debate. It seems the belly and long putter hoopla may not yet be over. The following article discusses how the USGA and R&A are in talks about banning anchoring the putter. Thought it was worthy of its own post. If I read correctly, no equipment will be deemed non-conforming, just the practice of anchoring (which IMO is just to protect them from being sued by equipment manufacturers). See article:

 

http://mobile.golfwe...ters-after-all/

 

Here we go again. Have scores on tour suddenly dropped? Are tournaments being won exclusively by guys who use belly putters? More to the point, are belly putters not available to anyone who wants to use them?

 

There's no unfair advantage that I can see. If there was, EVERYONE would be using a belly putter. It's nonsense.

 

More to the point, however, I think it would be a huge mistake for the USGA and the R&A to get in the business of regulating what is and is not anchored and what is or is not a legal stroke. Best to leave this one alone, I think.


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That's what they said about croquet style putting too, and ruled you can't stand astride your line. This is a big ruling, but my problem is you're not giving an advantage to the guys that play well under pressure or are great at putting. The advantage is going to those that get rattled and are poor putters. I don't care either way, I built 3 different ones and can't get comfortable in the position. That said, one dude I play with has gotten worse and worse at putting over the years. He asked me to build him a belly from a Vincino and now he's making everything he looks at. If your putting goes bad, bad, bad and you dramatically improve, to me, it's giving that guy an advantage he wouldn't normally have. Do I care? No, because I'm still up on him a fair amount of $.

 

That said, we can't make a blanket statement about it lowering the stroke average on tour. Instead, let's look at the individual's now using them versus when they were using conventional putters. Their PPR have decreased significantly is where their argument comes in to play. Plus they're ruling based on what is a traditional stroke.


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Nobody (within the ruling bodies) wants children to know nothing else but sticking putters in their bellys,” the source said. “It now seems possible that an entire new generation of golfers could learn to putt this way and never use the traditional method that has been the bedrock of putting for hundreds of years

 

Anyone else thinks this sounds like a bunch of old geezers who fear change? There's still no empirical evidence that using an anchored putter actually makes you a better putter.

 

The R&A do not like the fact that golfers can steady themselves by using a putter as a crutch in windy, rainy or cold weather,” the source said. “In essence, they are steadying themselves with the putter. This was never intended under the Rules of Golf. They are using the putter for something other than a traditional stroke

 

Seriously?

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That's what they said about croquet style putting too, and ruled you can't stand astride your line. This is a big ruling, but my problem is you're not giving an advantage to the guys that play well under pressure or are great at putting. The advantage is going to those that get rattled and are poor putters. I don't care either way, I built 3 different ones and can't get comfortable in the position. That said, one dude I play with has gotten worse and worse at putting over the years. He asked me to build him a belly from a Vincino and now he's making everything he looks at. If your putting goes bad, bad, bad and you dramatically improve, to me, it's giving that guy an advantage he wouldn't normally have. Do I care? No, because I'm still up on him a fair amount of $.

 

That said, we can't make a blanket statement about it lowering the stroke average on tour. Instead, let's look at the individual's now using them versus when they were using conventional putters. Their PPR have decreased significantly is where their argument comes in to play. Plus they're ruling based on what is a traditional stroke.

 

Personally...it's not the end of the world if the rules change. I can go back if I have too (and I love this Radius putter I have here so much that I might do it anyway), but I don't buy into the notion that belly putters have an advantage under pressure. Spencer Levin carries a belly putter, and we saw what happened yesterday. To that same end, Kyle Stanley had a huge pressure putt yesterday, and managed to make it with a standard putter. Of course, there are enough examples out there to make any case any of us wants to make.

 

The thing is, while putting is important, it's not the only thing that matters. If we reach a point where a statistically legitimate argument can be made that a higher percentage of putts are made withe belly putters, then maybe...but again, it's not there are guys on tour who can't get access to them.

 

Do white drivers give golfers an unfair advantage too. Where does it end, and don't these guys have anything better to worry about (I don't know...like actually promoting and growing the game)?

 

I thought the new groove rule was stupid too. Much ado about nothing...a pointless attempt to protect that which needs no protection.


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This is crap. Now they are saying that the longer putter is unfair because it can be used to steady yourself on a windy day. B.S. How can you swing the putter if you are holding yourself up with it? The long putters are not significantly easier to use than the short putter. It takes practice to be good with any putter.

 

The problem with golf is not the length or style of putting or how far the golf ball goes. IT IS THE RULES. There are too many already, and now they want to start legistlating how the clubs should be swung.

 

If the long putter is so much easier on the nerves than the short putter, how the heck did Kyle Stanley win yesterdays tournament over Spenser Levin who not only had a longer putter but a 7 stroke lead.


 

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I wish I had not taken the time to proof read the above post. Now it looks like I plagiarized Golfspy T.


 

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How can you swing the putter if you are holding yourself up with it? The long putters are not significantly easier to use than the short putter.

 

 

The problem with golf is not the length or style of putting or how far the golf ball goes. IT IS THE RULES. There are too many already, and now they want to start legistlating how the clubs should be swung.

 

 

2 great points here. If the argument is b...b...b...because wind then it's beyond the standard operational stupidity of both the USGA and R&A.

 

And you're right about the rules. I'm guessing 95% of recreation amateurs don't know the basic rules (white stakes, red stakes, when to take a drop, and when to eat your stroke + distance, 1 stroke vs. 2 stoke pentalties, etc.). Get into things like obstructions and you're probably up to 98%. Sort down a bit more into decisions and and what not, and I'm guessing most pros don't know every rule (which is why they have an army of rules officials at every tournament).

 

I know bifurcation scares the crap out of everybody (and so we pretend that it hasn't already happened), but what you imply, I believe is correct...we'd all be better off if they simplified the rules rather than worrying about anchored strokes.


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I don't think the belly putter is an advantage by any means. If you're a good putter, you're going to be good with anything, if you're a bad putter, you're going to be bad with anything.

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My problem is that it helps playerd with physical limitations, such as a bad back. Meanwhile Casey Martin has a physical limitation along the same lines where he can play golf but can't walk to do so. He's competitive when he's allowed to use a cart, and the legal system backed him. The PGA is a private enterprise though and basically said screw you, walk or don't play. Well, you can't say one physical ailment is more important than another IMO. If he can't have a cart, players with bad backs shouldn't be allowed their crutch.


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XW: 64* Cally XForged Vintage w/ DG X100 8 iron tiger stepped
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If this ruling passes then you will have the ADA advocates all over the USGA and R&A. I have used and still own several broom handle putters and there is no advantage whatsoever in using one over a traditional putter. As I have said on here before.....the pros play for a lot of money and if it was that big of an advantage more pros would be doing. Just look at how many ball players did a drug that was illegal in order to compete and make a good living; this is just a simple equipment change.

 

On a side note it is funny how Els and Goosen blasted belly putters until both of them got a little jittery with the flat stick.


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For years there was a stigma attached to using the long putter. The only players who used them were players who struggled with putting. In almost every case these players were able to recapture a level of putting proficiency by going long. That in itself proves that anchoring the putter and automatically taking the wrists out of the stroke simplifies the putting action.

 

Today there is no stigma that keeps anyone from trying an anchored putter. Some young players are starting out with a long putter. I personally was flabbergasted a few years ago when I saw college players in the US Amateur using long putters. But I now understand completely. It's an easier method to control and learn. Most young players are going to start out using a long putter unless something is done.

 

So much of putting is percentages and how close to the hole you are. No matter what method you use, you will always be subject to those percentages. I doubt there will ever be any measurable way to prove one method is better than another. But it is obvious that an anchored putter simplifies the stroke and helps golfers who struggle using the standard putter. Are we going to continue to permit some players to take a shortcut or should everyone learn to putt the standard way and face the same challenges? I'm opposed to long putters, but I'll be surprised if they are ever outlawed. And if they remain legal, a generation from now, almost everyone will be using them.

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My thing is, for those arguing in favor of them that there's no advantage to them, question for you. Why don't you use a standard putter since there's zero advantage? If you're gaining absolutely nothing by using it, why not just use a standard putter? You have no valid reason to use a belly or long putter if there's no advantage for you no?


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4 Hybrid: Adams PRO 20* (bent to 21*) w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
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XW: 64* Cally XForged Vintage w/ DG X100 8 iron tiger stepped
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My thing is, for those arguing in favor of them that there's no advantage to them, question for you. Why don't you use a standard putter since there's zero advantage? If you're gaining absolutely nothing by using it, why not just use a standard putter? You have no valid reason to use a belly or long putter if there's no advantage for you no?

 

I first went to one when I tore my ACL so that I could do anything on a golf course and it was impossible to put with a conventional putter when I was in a brace from my ankle to my groin. Once I got the brace off I stayed with the putter since it was comfortable to me and I was used to it. That being said I went back to a conventional putter two years ago as I had lost my comfort with the broomstick. I equate switching to a long or belly putter to the same decision as switching from a blade to mallet - one is not necessarily better than the other but it is all what makes you comfortable over the ball.


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At the end of last year the Golf Channel had 14 days or something about lessons. They had Ray Floyd, Nick Flado, and the expert, Johnny Miller. They all had a putting segment, and the first rule about putting is pick a putter you are comfortable with. Some people are more comfortable with the long putter some are not.

 

Sunday, I took a belly putter to the course. I usually meet a couple of the high handicap guys a couple of hours early and we work on different parts of their game. Sunday I had each of them putt several times with the belly putter. Of course they were not used to it and did not putt well, the interesting thing is they both putted better when they went back to their putters.

 

A valid reason for having a long putter is you get up to two club lengths when taking a drop. If you have a long putter then you get more to move futher from the hazard. That is two more feet than if you use a wedge and up to 8 inches if you have a 44 inch driver. If your driver is longer than that maybe the USGA should ban it. You might be able to lean on it in the wind uses it as a crutch. :P


 

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I first went to one when I tore my ACL so that I could do anything on a golf course and it was impossible to put with a conventional putter when I was in a brace from my ankle to my groin. Once I got the brace off I stayed with the putter since it was comfortable to me and I was used to it. That being said I went back to a conventional putter two years ago as I had lost my comfort with the broomstick. I equate switching to a long or belly putter to the same decision as switching from a blade to mallet - one is not necessarily better than the other but it is all what makes you comfortable over the ball.

 

 

Same head, same putter, but using it not anchored then you'd make just as many putts as you would with it anchored then? Again, we're talking about the point of anchoring and anchoring only, and the fact that anchoring doesn't give one an advantage or does. If there's no advantage, then it's safe to assume one makes just as many putts with it not anchored as one that is anchored.


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My thing is, for those arguing in favor of them that there's no advantage to them, question for you. Why don't you use a standard putter since there's zero advantage? If you're gaining absolutely nothing by using it, why not just use a standard putter? You have no valid reason to use a belly or long putter if there's no advantage for you no?

 

The same argument could be made for mallet putters, plumber neck hosels. People play belly putters (or other types of putters) because it suits their game better. I don't see Simpson or Bradley as having a more consistent stroke as someone like Luke Donald. For comparison, here are the top three standard putters vs the top three long putters in average strokes gained - putting (minimum 10 rounds):

 

standard putter:

Martin Flores (1.572)

Ben Crane (1.534)

Rory Sabbatini (1.372)

 

long putter:

David Hearn (.872)

Charles Howell III (.789)

Blake Adams (.761)

 

http://www.pgatour.com/r/stats/info/?02564

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The same argument could be made for mallet putters, plumber neck hosels. People play belly putters (or other types of putters) because it suits their game better. I don't see Simpson or Bradley as having a more consistent stroke as someone like Luke Donald. For comparison, here are the top three standard putters vs the top three long putters in average strokes gained - putting (minimum 10 rounds):

 

standard putter:

Martin Flores (1.572)

Ben Crane (1.534)

Rory Sabbatini (1.372)

 

long putter:

David Hearn (.872)

Charles Howell III (.789)

Blake Adams (.761)

 

http://www.pgatour.com/r/stats/info/?02564

 

What has been Adam Scott's achilles heel for a long time? Putting... And he goes to the Masters with a broomstick and putts the eyes out of it. No measurable improvements though? (I was there, saw it first hand, and have been there for every Masters for the last 11 years, save one). He was an awful putter at Augusta, yet he put the broomstick in play and improved dramatically. His problem was flipping the putter head when using a conventional length putter (again, observed first hand, heard him talking about it on the putting green, etc), yet when he went to the long putter that problem disappeared.

 

From Webb Simpson:

"I switched so long ago, it was my first semester at Wake [Forest],'' Simpson said. "Actually it was kind of a joke why I tried it. I went to the pro shop and I was with my dad and I was kind of making fun of the belly putter, and I thought, I just have to make a couple putts with this.

 

"I went on the green, made a few long ones and thought, this is pretty good. So I took it out on the course for nine holes and made everything. I knew I was going to get made fun of by my teammates, but took it back to Wake. I used it, one of my teammates, two years older than me, he was making fun of me for using it, which I knew he would, but he saw me putt with it and he went out and got the same exact putter and won his first college event two weeks later.

 

 

 

We could go round and round in circles forever. I don't care either way, because putting has been one of my strong suits for a long time. It won't effect me in the slightest. I just find it funny that people argue there's no advantage to anchoring, yet they admit that if you struggle with putting that one should try a belly putter. Why should you if you struggle with putting? Because in theory, it eliminates one of the biggest mistakes one makes with a conventional length putter and that's becoming too handsy. It takes the hands out of the equation. Then they say it's not from anchoring, well go take your belly or broomstick and putt without it anchored and tell me you make just as many putts without anchoring it as you do with it anchored. You won't, I promise.

 

I don't knock guys for using them, because it makes the game more enjoyable to them because it helps them with the putter. But, don't sit and tell me there's zero advantage for someone that's a poor putter that's struggling to switch to a belly and start making everything and magically stop flipping the putter head because it's impossible to do with it anchored.

 

I'd have zero problem if these guys using them admitted that it helped them by eliminating mistakes, but to say it doesn't give them, personally, an advantage when it clearly does is laughable to me. I've seen too many people switch and dramatically improve their putting because they can't make the most common mistake with the putter anymore to be told differently.


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Strong 3 wood: Taylormade M1 15* w/ ProjectX T1100 HZRDUS handcrafted 75x
3 Hybrid: Adams PRO 18* w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4 Hybrid: Adams PRO 20* (bent to 21*) w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4-AW: TaylorMade P770 w/ Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Black Onyx S400

SW: 56* Scratch Tour Dept(CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
LW: 60* Scratch Tour Department (CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
XW: 64* Cally XForged Vintage w/ DG X100 8 iron tiger stepped
Putter: Nike Method Prototype 006 at 34"

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What has been Adam Scott's achilles heel for a long time? Putting... And he goes to the Masters with a broomstick and putts the eyes out of it. No measurable improvements though? (I was there, saw it first hand, and have been there for every Masters for the last 11 years, save one). He was an awful putter at Augusta, yet he put the broomstick in play and improved dramatically. His problem was flipping the putter head when using a conventional length putter (again, observed first hand, heard him talking about it on the putting green, etc), yet when he went to the long putter that problem disappeared.

 

From Webb Simpson:

 

 

 

 

We could go round and round in circles forever. I don't care either way, because putting has been one of my strong suits for a long time. It won't effect me in the slightest. I just find it funny that people argue there's no advantage to anchoring, yet they admit that if you struggle with putting that one should try a belly putter. Why should you if you struggle with putting? Because in theory, it eliminates one of the biggest mistakes one makes with a conventional length putter and that's becoming too handsy. It takes the hands out of the equation. Then they say it's not from anchoring, well go take your belly or broomstick and putt without it anchored and tell me you make just as many putts without anchoring it as you do with it anchored. You won't, I promise.

 

I don't knock guys for using them, because it makes the game more enjoyable to them because it helps them with the putter. But, don't sit and tell me there's zero advantage for someone that's a poor putter that's struggling to switch to a belly and start making everything and magically stop flipping the putter head because it's impossible to do with it anchored.

 

I'd have zero problem if these guys using them admitted that it helped them by eliminating mistakes, but to say it doesn't give them, personally, an advantage when it clearly does is laughable to me. I've seen too many people switch and dramatically improve their putting because they can't make the most common mistake with the putter anymore to be told differently.

 

I'll concede your point, the long putter solves the handsy issue, so there's an advantage there, if that's a fault in your putting. However, it doesn't help reading greens or hitting the ball at the correct speed. There are advantages and disadvantages to every type of putter and most other clubs in your bag. So does the belly putter create an unfair advantage?

 

I think the right question to ask is, if you put someone in a putting competition (just greens) who's very good with a standard putter against someone who's very good with a belly putter, will the belly putter win most times? My guess is no. This can probably be figured out by comparing putting statistics of the top putters on the PGA tour.

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Okay, we'll go the physics route? Which is more stable? A steel ball swinging from a v-shaped steel rod or from 2 loosely attached pieces of string? Which one is easier to deviate from it's path? That's the argument in a nutshell, to be honest. The putter has nothing to do with it, it's the manner in which it is intended to be used.

 

If there's no advantage to anchoring, why are there zero players using a long putter without anchoring it?


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Driver: TaylorMade M2 (2017) w/ Project X T1100 HZRDUS Handcrafted 65x 
Strong 3 wood: Taylormade M1 15* w/ ProjectX T1100 HZRDUS handcrafted 75x
3 Hybrid: Adams PRO 18* w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4 Hybrid: Adams PRO 20* (bent to 21*) w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4-AW: TaylorMade P770 w/ Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Black Onyx S400

SW: 56* Scratch Tour Dept(CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
LW: 60* Scratch Tour Department (CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
XW: 64* Cally XForged Vintage w/ DG X100 8 iron tiger stepped
Putter: Nike Method Prototype 006 at 34"

Have a ton of back-ups in all categories, but there are always 14 clubs in the bag that differ depending on the course and set-up. Bomb and gouge. Yes, I'm a club gigolo.

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