We now have 3 out of the 4 major`s won by players using belly putters, The Open, The US Open and the PGA Championship
Should the Belly Putter be banned?
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I played professional golf a long time ago and belly putters were not around then. Improvements in equipment have always happened and have usually been embraced but it seems very different with the belly putter. The difference for many is the fact that the putter is in some way anchored/secured to the body and not free like every other club in the bag. This causes some to suggest that they should be banned.
I have personally tried a belly putter and found it difficult to use so have reverted back to the conventional style putter but there are more and more of the top players switching to the belly putter.
Tiger Woods has even chipped in regarding this issue and believes they should be banned, he has come up with a fairly simple rule suggestion; Tiger advocates that the putter can be no longer than the shortest club in the bag. This would stop players anchoring the putter against their belly.
The two governing bodies for Golf, the USGA and the R&A are believed to be reviewing this subject.
There is the view that if there so good why are all the players not using them? In my opinion if we looked at recent victories on both the European and the PGA Tours players using the belly putters and asked “Would they have won with conventional putters?” I think the answer would be no which leads me to come to the conclusion that they should be banned. There are restrictions on all the other clubs in the bag such as length and size. So whichever brand of iron or wood you use, the fact that they are fairly universally similar makes it reasonably fair. I believe this restriction should be in place for the putter as these differ immensely from player to player.
Manufacturers have been producing these putters for a number of years now so to just ban them would leave a lot of golfers and retailers with redundant stock that cost lots of money so even if they did ban them I believe it will be a lengthy time before actually not being able to use them.
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