What Defines a Long Putter?
By mustang6560 on 8/16/11
Let the record state, Keegan Bradley is NOT the first player to win a major championship on the PGA Tour with a long putter. Angel Cabrera won the '09 Masters using a belly length putter, but the Argentine did not hinge the putter against his body.

Keegan is, however, the first player to win a major championship on the PGA Tour with a long putter who HINGED it against his body. But, for some reason, everyone is giving him credit as the first player to win a major with a long putter.

So it begs the question, what makes a long putter a long putter? Is it the strictly the length of the putter or is it how you use it?
And although Bradley calls it a "belly putter" and uses it as such, in our mind it's the length of the club, not the technique used, that matters.
Following this logic, Angel is the first player to win a major with a long putter. However, I don't agree with this premise. I think how the golfer uses the long putter that is key. At its core, the long putter allows a golfer to hinge the butt of the club against either the sternum or the belly to help stabilize the putting stroke.

Virtually EVERY golfer who wields the broomstick switched to it because they lack confidence on the putting green. And the extra stability provided by the hinge provides extra confidence to a golfer with the y#$@ (don't want to offend the golfing gods). So in my opinion, Keegan IS the first golfer to win a major championship with a long putter.

I wrote in the PGA Championship wrap up post that the only thing I didn't like about Keegan Bradley was the fact he used a long putter. And I have no issue with the length of the putter, it's the hinging part I take issue with. I just wanted to clear up the confusion.



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TeT says:
"the only thing I didn't like about Keegan Bradley was the fact he used a long putter"

Nothing wrong with using whatever you need to sink em' That putt for birdie from other side of the green coming down the stretch was nails; I dont care if he used a broom or a croquet mallet or his sisters makeup applicator... The argument that golfers with belly putters are less of a golfer is crock. Might as well tell us that KJ & Duffer are less of a golfer for their fat grip putters. And Hybrids... surely real golfers should carry at least a 4 & 5 iron, not 3 hybrids and 6 iron down...
8/16/11
 
bducharm says:
My belief is that a "long" putter is anchored somewhere on the body versus the putter grip just being in your hands. Personally, I don't think the USGA should (or will) outlaw the practice of anchoring the putter to the body. If it was THAT much of an advantage, they already would have done it.
8/16/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
I agree with you on all points. Anchoring a putter to one's body should not be allowed. The USGA blew it when they made an exception for putters.
8/16/11
 
TeT says:
Why though? have you tried one.... I dont find it to be an advantage?
8/16/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
Obviously some people believe it is an advantage. David Pelz thinks the belly putter is the most effective method of putting. He seems to think it is an advantage.

When Sam Snead started to putt straddling the line, the USGA reacted quickly to make that against the rules. They felt it gave the player an advantage and was not "traditional". Yet when people started to ram the butt end of their putter into various parts of their body, the USGA turned a blind eye.
8/16/11
 
TeT says:
They should not have banned Sneads method either... but based on that, I see your point...
8/16/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
"Is it the strictly the length or is it how you use it?"

Ask my wife....

Wait, what were we talking about?
8/16/11
 
mustang6560 says:
@KtK- Very nice! I set you up pretty good on that one.
8/16/11
 
falcon50driver says:
We're talking Putters, well I guess that doesn't clarify the question either. The instrument used to hole out. Wait, I meant...just disregard all the above.
8/16/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
yeah was kinda plump and engorged...

wait, what are we talking about?
8/16/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
sry,enough of that. I/ve tried the long putters but it always felt like there was too much to hang onto. Too much stuff to control compared with my 34 inch one. *ahem*. I don't get the issue of hingeing, tho'
8/16/11
 
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