Tag Archives: Long Putter

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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Aug
8
2011

Scott's swagger

Adam Scott pulled away from the youth movement on the back nine on Sunday, cruising to an impressive four-shot victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The 31-year-old Australian played nearly flawless golf, carding five birdies on his way to a bogey-free 65 at Firestone.

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May
10
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Adam Scott has found success with the long putter

Boasting one of the sweetest swings in golf, Adam Scott has rarely been questioned for his ballstriking abilities (barring the rough stretch he endured from the end of the ’08 season through 10 missed cuts in ’09). However, his flair around the greens has been the target of criticism in past years, especially in regard to his record at majors — rather, lack thereof. The 30-year-old Australian came close to snagging a green jacket at Augusta last month, rolling in one clutch putt after the other, while wielding a broomstick putter, in the final round to tie for runner-up.

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Apr
21
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Adam Scott and his broomstick drain a clutch putt on Sunday at the Masters

Damn you, Adam Scott. You and your broom just had to drain every 20-footer on the back nine at Augusta to nearly win the Masters. Which means you almost became the first player to capture a major wielding a long putter. Now look what you’ve done — just about every player who has a twitchy wrist thinks a long putter may solve his putting woes. But to be fair, it’s not only Adam’s fault. Martin Laird and Brendan Steele deserve some of the blame, too — they recently won the Bay Hill Invitational and Texas Valero Open, respectively, playing with belly putters.

(To clarify, Scott uses a long, broomstick putter that he anchors just below his chin against his sternum, which is different from a belly putter, but both are considered “long putters.” A belly putter is wedged into the stomach for support, helping stabilize the hands through the stroke.)

This week at The Heritage, there were more guys than usual tinkering with belly putters. I mean, it was impossible not to notice the increase. When I walked out to the practice green on Tuesday afternoon, I almost thought I was at the Champions Tour event just 30 miles down the road. I was blown away by the number of players toying with belly putters or showing them to their peers who were inspecting them with acute curiosity.

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