For years Adam Scott has been a top level player on the PGA Tour. Always known for his great ball striking, his swing is a model many weekend warriors have put up as the swing they would like to emulate. It is somewhat of a surprise that by this point in his career there is not a major championship on his resume.
This year Scott went to the long putter and has resurrected his name and the likelihood that a win in the majors is in the cards. His recent performance during the Masters was evidence that the long putter has some advantages. For years we have watched guys on the senior tour recapture their youthful putting days by going to a longer shafted putter. Major championship winners like Bernhard Langer, Tom Kite and Tom Lehman have recently put them in the bag. I have to wonder if Adam’s recent success might be a tipping point that opens the flood gates for the regular tour and a similar trend begins. Don’t believe me. Check out Tiger and Justin Rose discussing it with Scott. http://www.thehackersparadise.com/
From a straight physics standpoint, the long putter is easier to putt with. By anchoringthe shaft to the body you create a fixed point of rotation that allows the putter topendulum with no manipulation. If you want the putter to swing the same on both sides(pendulum) of the ball, find a way to swing it on a fixed point. Simply said, anchor it to your body and let it go.
Personally I find the long putter and belly putter like cheating. I know that anyone isallowed to use them, but it does take some skill out of the game. Isn’t golf the gameof rules, integrity, history and purists? Do we really want to look back at old footagesome day and see the game’s greats making the winning putt at Augusta National with abelly putter? Seriously. Further more, how does one raise up a long putter the way Jackson famously did in 1986 on Sunday afternoon when he holed the birdie putt on 17 with Vern Lindquist in the background saying, “Maybe, Yes Sir. The Bear is Back!”
My vote, get rid of those belly and long putters. Let’s play some real golf.