TaylorMade TRIPLES its long putter production

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to meet increasing demands in the fourth quarter
The long putter's boom in popularity on the PGA Tour has had an effect on what you want to use, too.



TaylorMade announced last week that it will triple the production of its long putters to keep up with the high demand in the long sticks.



As our equipment guru E. Michael Johnson put it in Golf World Monday: "reached levels usually reserved for hybrid cars during an energy crisis." (Read more here: [url="http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-tours-news/blogs/local-knowledge/2011/10/golf-world-monday-long-putter-demand-is-soaring.html#ixzz1b3NtbCZO"]Golf World Monday: Long putter demand is soaring[/url])



Have you been testing out the long putter, too? Do you refuse to convert? What's your stance on the long putter?











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  • Skaffa77Skaffa77 No place like the Sand Hills!  6897WRX Points: 224ClubWRX Posts: 6,897
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    I think there was a thread on this. I predict quite a few sales of belly and long putters followed by a ton of belly and long putters on used putter racks.
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  • tembolo1284tembolo1284 Boom Boom  20715WRX Points: 1Handicap: BeefBanned Posts: 20,715
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    gross. It's all I have to say.
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  • Night trainNight train  2885WRX Points: 259Members Posts: 2,885
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    Based on my putting of late I need one......but it just doesn't seem like it meets the spirit of the game to me. My opinion only....



    So I'll just keep doing what I do now......seldom three putt, but seldom make much!
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  • Doc McstuffinsDoc Mcstuffins  2295WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 2,295
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    Bought one off the used rack myself weeks before the belly putter craze hit. I have gone back and forth between this and a standard length, and have ultimately determined that it is much easier for me to sink putts with the belly than the standard putter. I personally think you have to practice frequently to keep sharp with a standard length putter. The belly on the other hand takes out a lot of the intangibles that you have to work so hard to maintain with a standard putter. I think I am a convert from here going forward.
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  • SakmanSakman @ryansako  6294WRX Points: 153Marshals Posts: 6,294 Marshals
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    I recall hearing somewhere that Winn has had more orders for Belly/Split Putter Grips in the last few months than the last 7 YEARS!



    Apparently they're back ordered ~ 14,000 pieces to boot.
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  • sandwedge59sandwedge59  689WRX Points: 0Unregistered Posts: 689
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    gross. It's all I have to say.




    Sorry to go off topic but:





    Seriously !! your'e trying to say that a long or belly putter is ruining the game more than a golf ball that the pro's can hit 250 yards plus with a regular iron , not a hybrid or fairway wood , it surely seems there is more advantage to that than a belly putter , and i am not against either , just play the game and best score wins , it's the same for everyone
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  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Tasmania to Canada 13172WRX Points: 2,109Handicap: 1.6Members Posts: 13,172
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    After my tazer like strokes this past weekend .... I am practicing with the long Yes putter I picked up last Spring.



    Out of pure frustration I tried it again last nite in the basement and I love the way I can lock it into my sternum. Plus it is easier on the back.



    I figure I should have it grooved after the Winter and will just learn lag putting when the season opens



    The two guys on my scramble team this weekend have convinced me. Both plus 3's and get it on line almost every time. It was impressive to watch
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  • zedzed  497WRX Points: 109Members Posts: 497
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    I am a self diagnosed poor and inconsistent putter with a short putter. Converted to a belly probably 9 months ago, haven't looked back.
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    I am a self diagnosed poor and inconsistent putter with a short putter. Converted to a belly probably 9 months ago, haven't looked back.
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  • Breaker999Breaker999  1250WRX Points: 1Members Posts: 1,250
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    My 2ball was sitting in the closet and I converted it to a belly using a wedge shaft. My opinion is they ought to be banned from the pro tours. Weekend warriors and folks playing for enjoyment should be allowed to use it. We'll see what happens. BTW the Winn grip is fantastic.
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  • rafalrafal  5868WRX Points: 332Members Posts: 5,868
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    Sad.
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  • jjljjl  1348WRX Points: 160Handicap: 11.3Members Posts: 1,348
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    I had a Spider Ghost belly but returned it before putting it in the bag, just couldn't get comfortable with the thought of having it in the bag, making a scene every time i take out the putter, and wasn't convinced i'd putt better with it. Not to say that i may not check one out again in the future but at 42, i'm resisting the belly putter.
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  • Vinny NguyenVinny Nguyen  781WRX Points: 93Members Posts: 781
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    Tried both briefly at local shops. Long putters are hard for me to judge distance with. Belly putter felt pretty decent and I'm sure I could learn to like it if I got one. But for me it doesn't beat the feel of a traditional putter.
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  • smackygolfsmackygolf  1501WRX Points: 0Banned Posts: 1,501
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    The 43" TM putter has been on a 6 week backorder for over a month. They are so far behind it's not funny.
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  • FriedEggFriedEgg  667WRX Points: 80Members Posts: 667
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    Odyssey/Callaway is missing lots of sales opportunities here, especially with the Sabertooth model used by Bradley and lately Mickelson.
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  • Gutz_itGutz_it  570WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 570
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    Minty7890 wrote:


    My 2ball was sitting in the closet and I converted it to a belly using a wedge shaft. My opinion is they ought to be banned from the pro tours. Weekend warriors and folks playing for enjoyment should be allowed to use it. We'll see what happens. BTW the Winn grip is fantastic.






    Ummm are you a midget??
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  • jwfgolfprojwfgolfpro jwfgolfpro  1330WRX Points: 120Members Posts: 1,330
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    mthibo wrote:


    Odyssey/Callaway is missing lots of sales opportunities here, especially with the Sabertooth model used by Bradley and lately Mickelson.




    They are already shipping image/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':rolleyes:' />



    JWF
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  • smackygolfsmackygolf  1501WRX Points: 0Banned Posts: 1,501
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    jwfgolfpro wrote:

    mthibo wrote:


    Odyssey/Callaway is missing lots of sales opportunities here, especially with the Sabertooth model used by Bradley and lately Mickelson.




    They are already shipping image/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':rolleyes:' />



    JWF


    The belly Dart is on horrendous backorder as well right now. Are you saying the Sabretooth is shipping? There is no belly Sabretooth. I've been screaming about this to Callaway for months.
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  • ksavy17ksavy17  2625WRX Points: 60Members Posts: 2,625
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    the long putter has made putting fun for me, I enjoy putting and feel like i can make everything I look at now, could care less what anybody has to say about it
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    Gutz_it wrote:

    Minty7890 wrote:


    My 2ball was sitting in the closet and I converted it to a belly using a wedge shaft. My opinion is they ought to be banned from the pro tours. Weekend warriors and folks playing for enjoyment should be allowed to use it. We'll see what happens. BTW the Winn grip is fantastic.






    Ummm are you a midget??






    i'm assuming he means he extended the original shaft by using an old wedge shaft as the extension. i did this to a backstryke for a while this summer and liked it. i have since removed the extension though since our greens are getting their fall/winter growth and i don't feel like i can hit the belly hard enough.
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  • Scott@84[email protected]  1705WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 1,705
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    smackygolf wrote:

    jwfgolfpro wrote:

    mthibo wrote:


    Odyssey/Callaway is missing lots of sales opportunities here, especially with the Sabertooth model used by Bradley and lately Mickelson.




    They are already shipping image/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':rolleyes:' />



    JWF


    The belly Dart is on horrendous backorder as well right now. Are you saying the Sabretooth is shipping? There is no belly Sabretooth. I've been screaming about this to Callaway for months.




    They are making the Sabretooth mid it's launching 11/18.
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  • MadGolfer76MadGolfer76 Maine 20293WRX Points: 851Members Posts: 20,293
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    Oh, TM. The putter was the only club they hadn't lengthened, so I guess it was inevitable. lol
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    Oh, TM. The putter was the only club they hadn't lengthened, so I guess it was inevitable. lol




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  • trapsmv15trapsmv15 Plattsburgh, NY 1756WRX Points: 121Handicap: 10-12Members Posts: 1,756
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    Skaffa77 wrote:


    I think there was a thread on this. I predict quite a few sales of belly and long putters followed by a ton of belly and long putters on used putter racks.


    Good! I hope I see some 46" long putters I can snatch up... image/partytime2.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':partytime2:' />
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  • minhjnminhjn  3198WRX Points: 51Members Posts: 3,198
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    ping also needs to do this. you can't order a ping belly putter for a month or two
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  • stopdogstopdog  859WRX Points: 60Members Posts: 859
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    I wish they would come out with new models for the belly and broom style. And with heavier headweights, or at least a way to change them easily. I like the ghost broom but it's too light for me.
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    gross. It's all I have to say.


    Uh huh....gag me with a spoon.
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  • smackygolfsmackygolf  1501WRX Points: 0Banned Posts: 1,501
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    smackygolf wrote:

    jwfgolfpro wrote:

    mthibo wrote:


    Odyssey/Callaway is missing lots of sales opportunities here, especially with the Sabertooth model used by Bradley and lately Mickelson.




    They are already shipping image/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':rolleyes:' />



    JWF


    The belly Dart is on horrendous backorder as well right now. Are you saying the Sabretooth is shipping? There is no belly Sabretooth. I've been screaming about this to Callaway for months.




    They are making the Sabretooth mid it's launching 11/18.


    So, it's not already shipping? Seems like I already said that.
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  • ScaldyScaldy Professional Putter Poser  517WRX Points: 63Members Posts: 517
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    Is anyone else wondering why most companies are offering only face balanced Belly putters? A belly putter seems to follow a curved path so wouldn't some toe hang be a more natural fit? Maybe I'm missing something.
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