Aug 292011
What are the advantages of long putters

Recent wins by Adam Scott and Web Simpson on the PGA tour and continuous wins and high finishes by Bernhard Langer on the Senior tour are making more and more people notice long putters. Long Putters have been around for a while but when a unique club type gets some victories under its belt, regular weekend golfers also take notice. More and more people are now buying long putters also called broomstick putters or neck putters. What are the advantages of long putters? Less moving body parts – one arm instead of two. Long putters restrict wrist hinge by anchoring the putter to a fixed point — your sternum. . Increased wrist action leads to a loss of control of the putterhead just before impact. Result – a true pendulum stroke. Eliminates twitching at impact. The pendulum like stroke of long putters is smoother and more consistent than the stroke required for a regular length putter. Deadly accurate on short putts. Long putters are also easier on the back than a regular length putter as golfers take a more upright stance. Disadvantages of long putters? Distance control on lag putting. Takes a while getting used to. Strong winds cause stability issues. The golfer is standing more upright, the putter is long – the wind has a greater surface area to buffet against. People take notice so if you are the shy type and don’t want to talk to anyone, you may have a problem. Conversely, it’s a good conversation starter. [Read More …]