Tag Archives: Belly Putter

May
29
2014

Keegan Bradley stuck a conventional-length putter in his bag during the first round of The Memorial Tournament and it went pretty well — he shot a five-under 67 at Muirfield Village, which currently puts him on the first page of the early leaderboard.

Turns out it was Bradley’s mother, Kaye, who encouraged her son to use the short putter.

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Nov
28
2012

As expected, the USGA and the R&A proposed a new rule that would ban anchoring of the club, most applicably the putter, to the body when making a stroke on Wednesday morning in a joint teleconference (see below for video aired on Golf Channel).

While golf’s governing bodies call it a “proposal,” it’s pretty much been decided that the rule will be implemented — but of course, to cover their bases, there will be a 90-day thorough review, so the members of the USGA and R&A rules committees can hear every side to every argument possible (as if this hasn’t been discussed enough) before the next approval in Spring of 2013.

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Jul
23
2012
By Conor Nagle under Equipment

Ernie Els’ Open Championship victory appears to have reinvigorated the debate surrounding the use of so-called “belly putters”.

Speaking in the wake of the South African’s victory at Royal Lytham, R&A chief executive Peter Dawson suggested the sport’s governing bodies were poised to take definitive action in the interest of resolving the long-running controversy.

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Sep
14
2011

And you thought it was surprising when Phil picked up a belly...

I really enjoyed this piece from the AP’s Doug Ferguson on the belly putter craze.

You’ll never guess who recently ordered one — just the best putter in the game for at least the past two decades…wait for it…

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Sep
6
2011

Webb: God wanted me to make that putt!

Apologies for the lack of posts, but it was my travel day. Phew — it doesn’t look like I missed too much with regards to the 24-hour news cycle!

I should be way more cranky right now after driving the last 4.5 out of 5 hours in torrential downpour, but I’m actually just relieved I made it back safely. Tackling I-95 in heavy rains ain’t fun and it sucks the US Open was rained out today.

Since we have a “bye” week, I’d love to check out the tennis. Now if only some tickets would miraculously show up…#shamelessbegging

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Sep
4
2011

Phil's 63: Not a belly revolution

Phil Mickelson fired an eight-under 63 Sunday morning to surge up the leaderboard at the Deutsche Bank Championship. There’s been quite a bit of chatter regarding his decision to play with the belly putter this week, but his great round today wasn’t necessarily due to his prowess on the greens.

The longest putt he made was an eight-footer on No. 11 for birdie, but he also didn’t miss any short putts or any within eight feet — the distance he was struggling from — which perhaps can be credited to the belly putter.

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Sep
2
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Phil sticks it to his belly

As expected, Phil Mickelson put an Odyssey XG Sabertooth belly putter in his bag for the first time of his career on Friday for the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. So, how did the experiment turn out? Well, good enough for him to stick with it for at least three more rounds (assuming he makes the cut, of course).

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Sep
1
2011

Phil: Where's my belly??

After playing with a belly putter in Thursday’s pro-am at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Phil Mickelson is likely your latest convert. C’mon, don’t act too surprised! It was bound to happen sooner or later. Like I said this morning, Lefty, the ultimate tinkerer, is so unpredictable that he’s predictable.

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Sep
1
2011
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Mickelson stomachs the belly putter before Thursday's pro-am

Phil Mickelson is so unpredictable that he’s predictable. I can’t say I was shocked when I saw reports coming from TPC Boston early Thursday morning that Mickelson was practicing with a 45-inch Callaway belly putter before his pro-am for the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Aug
13
2011
By Conor Nagle under PGA Championship

The ole Keegmeister avec friend.

Keegan Bradley, Brendan Steele, Jim Furyk, Adam Scott: there are long putters– broomhandle and belly– everywhere you look during the third round of this year’s PGA Championship.

It’s not really that much of surprise, given the nature of the Athletic Club’s test and the tendency of consistent ball-strikers to develop balky putters, but I’m not confident in the long putter’s ability to secure a first major victory this week.

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