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Is it not time to see all belly and long putters outlawed?I think it's time for the R&A to rewrite the law and ban any part of the body other than your hands touching the putter
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posted Apr 14, 2009
What's the problem with using them? If you think they give someone an advantage, go buy one yourself.
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"The belly putter does have one particular advantage over the long putter. It can include in its ranks of users a three-time major winner. This gives it a certain respectability, although it must be added that Vijay Singh captured his first major, the 1998 US PGA Championship with a conventional putter."http://www.better-golf-by-putting-better.com/putter-length.html
Must of been after he won the masters then but im sure i remember him mentioning his belly putter after winning a major in a magazine article he wrote .
Wedgethere is nothing wrong with my attitude. Do you use steel/graphite shafts or are you still playing with hickory's? Have you tried the latest surlyn balls or are you still using featheries? Time and technology moves on to make the game easier(?) for everyone, it's a fact so you may as well get used to it. There is nothing illegal about belly/long handle putters. Nobody has an unfair advantage over any other player by using one because every player has the option to use one if they choose too.
I wasn't totally aware that long putters might be illegal but I do stand by my point that the lack of availability suggests they just don't offer the same increase in performance that a 460cc titanium faced graphite shafted £300 driver does.If they are boderline cheating wouldn't more people use them? If they offer such an improvement why can't Sergio use one? He lost an Open with one and went back to the short one only to have another poor showing with one last week.I really don't see that they are any worse than the square drivers, the square grooved wedges or, the worse thing in the game for me, caddies standing behind players to line them up.
must admit caddies standing behind the player on the green is a big no no and should be stopped forthwith or 4thwith whatever way you look at it!
Yep; ban them. And I'd be right behind you Chilli re. two-balls etc. They should be banned as well.As for belly/whatever putters, they're anchored on the body and take the hands/shoulders out of it. Illegal, or should be. They also promote a pendulum type of swing which should raise alarm bells.What _aren't_ they banned? Probably "Restraint of trade!!!".
I really can't see what all the fuss is about. I take my hat off to anyone that can control one. I find them most cumbersome and would never dream of using one but nobody has any advantage over me by doing so because I always have the option to do the same if I choose.
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