In this video, PGA Pro Todd Kolb describes how to use a long putter. A long putter is a way to anchor a putter to your body which helps with a number of things. One, is that it allows the nerves of your body to be minimized from your stroke while you putt. Second, is that it takes the small muscles in your arm out of the putt to a more consistent putting stroke. Third, is that it is more comfort for people with certain back conditions and for other players.
There are a couple of different ways to hold a long putter that Todd talks about in this video. First, he says that you can hold your left hand to the top of the grip and hold it like you are making a fist. This will allow you to only use your right arm and less of your body to make the putting stroke. Second, Todd says that you can put your left thumb on top of the grip and anchor the putter to your body. While holding the putter this way, it allows you to rock your shoulders while making putting stroke. If you have struggled with you putting in the past this is certainly something that you should give consideration to.
It should be noted that on Wednesday, November 28th, the USGA + R&A proposed a new rule to outlaw all anchored putters, including belly + long putters, effective January 1st, 2016. Check out our thoughts on the ruling by clicking here.
For our video instruction on how to use a belly putter, click here.