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Bellying Up

The long putter has more ardent defenders, and generates more controversy, than any club in the bag today
Jeff Williams
From the Print Edition:
Brad Paisley, March/April 2012

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But, when it comes to Tour players standing over knee knockers with a million in cash and a load of exemptions at stake, Baker Finch is a traditionalist. “At the elite level of golf, the world-tour level, we should be making our own rules. I think the long putter takes away a major aspect of the game, being able to hole short putts under pressure. I think the belly putter and the long putter are aids foreign to the way the game has been played for hundreds of years. I’d ban it for players on the elite level.”

Pelz did a study of the use of the long and belly putters that was published in Golf Magazine two years ago. He found that the belly putter helped more players than the broomstick, but both putters were advantageous to amateurs. As for elite players, it’s a different kettle of fish.

“The art and science of putting relies on green reading, break, speed, particularly having a good feel of speed for the line you have chosen,” says Pelz. “These are things that are way more important than shaft length.”

Bradley seems to have figured this all out. With the success he’s achieved, there is no going back. “I’m a lifer,” he says. v

Jeff Williams is a contributing editor for Cigar Aficionado.

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