USGA "Gutless" For Not Banning Long Putters
By mustang6560 on 9/14/11
I don't know who Vinny Giles is, but I like his moxie.

After losing in the second round of the USGA Senior Amateur yesterday, the storied amateur called the USGA "gutless" for not taking a stand against long and belly putters.
“Why they’re so gutless, I don’t know. I want them to just say, ‘OK, we make the rules.’ If the PGA Tour wants to say, ‘We’re not gonna play by 'em, we’re going to bifurcation,’ fine, let 'em go.

“But we, as the USGA, should definitely outlaw those putters. There’s no issue, as far as I’m concerned. Nerves are part of the game. Crutches aren’t, and these putters are crutches.

“And that’s coming from somebody who uses one. It’s a lot easier for somebody who doesn’t use one to make that comment. I’m 100 percent in favor of a ban of them.”
So a man who uses a long putter is calling for the USGA to ban the use of long putters - interesting. Vinny is not the next Tiger Woods or anything, but his opinion should count for something. He is only one of two players in the history of golf to win both the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Senior Amateur. He also played on four Walker Cup teams and was a captain for one of them. So in terms of playing experience, he has more knowledge than most of us.

I'm not sure how much longer we're going to have to wait for the USGA and/or R&A to make a ruling on the legality of long and belly putters. It seems pretty clear cut to me. The length of the putter is not the issue. It's the hinging and balancing part against the body that is the point of contention. Yes, you still have to be able to read the green and get the speed right, but you shouldn't be able to stabilize the stroke by hinging the end of your putter against your body.

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[ comments ]
srogers13 says:
Robert Garrigus is waiting for the USGA to say putters should not be longer than 20 inches.
falcon50driver says:
I'm wondering, Is there a minimum length? How about a putter resembling the dimensions of a claw hammer? Do you have to be standing?
Bryan K says:
The minimum putter length is 18 inches.

I've actually been reading the rule book due to jev's constantly informative posts about what's in there. The putter lenght stood out to me because mine is extremely short. And well within regulations.
homermania says:
@Bryan K - Mind if I start using that line? It's short, baby, but well within regulations.
Banker85 says:
he uses one but thinks they should be banned? if he feels that strongly he should stop using it. I just dont see them banning it.
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