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because I have
I finally decided after playing in the Missouri Am and putting like a retard I've decided to quit with the short putters and I rigged up a belly putter and have played a few times with it and i notice how much of the hit its taken out of my putting stroke and how much better i control the ball on faster greens. so i'm wondering if anyone else has made this change and what they think of it so far.

also what style of long/belly putter are you using right now?
I'm working with a Big Ben center 43" thinking of going ping Doc style
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FINALLY! I thought i was the only one. I have recently (6 weeks ago) switched to a split grip putting style. My friend is about 5'1 and i'm 5'10 and he gave me his SC Mid Sur belly putter and it was too short for me so i raised my left hand to the top of my grip and opened my stance a little. TADA! i have enjoyed every round since with under 30 putts and rarely have a three putt. I've tried going back to a conventional putting style, but the confidence isn't there anymore. For now it's split grip for me baby! :yahoo: :yahoo: :bad:

 

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I switched back to the long putter at the end of last year and have only had two rounds out of 60 or so with more than 30 putts. I am currently playing a Cameron Futura 48" putter since it is rock solid inside of ten feet and has great feel on long putts. I went from a well below average putter to the flatstick being one of the shining stars of my game in the last year and got the handicap index back below 2.




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Welcome to the Dark side. I've been using long, or belly putters ever since I saw Orville

Moody using one. I've had several experiments trying to go back to short ones since then, but

I can never get comfortable over 3 footers. I agree about the statements concerning the

distance control issues with the long putters and have considered carrying two putters just to

solve this problem. My suggestion is to pick one and practice, practice, practice with it.

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I've definitely thought about changing to a long putter. The problem is that I've never done it before and I don't want to change now with tournaments coming up. However, I do want to lengthen my putter because my putter is at 33 inches and I hate it. It feels so uncomfortable. I want to have maybe a mid length putter, or if not, at least a 36-38 inch long putter just so that I can stand up straighter; it doesn't feel comfortable bending over to putt.

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Took the plunge over the weekend and went from a 33" Cameron to a 41" PING Lil'b'.

 

Yesterday I hit the course with it. Spent an hour on the practice green of my club.

 

First green, four putted. Triple.

Second green, two putted. Par.

Third green, two putted. Double.

Fourth green, two putted. Bogey.

Fifth green, two putted. Bogey.

Sixth green, one putted. Par.

Seventh green, one putted. Par.

Eigth green, one putted. Par.

Ninth green, two putted. Par.

 

Tenth green, one putted. Par.

Eleventh green, two putted. Double.

Twelfth green, two putted. Par.

Thirtheen green, two putted Double.

Fourteenth green, two putted Bogey.

Fifteenth green, one putted Double.

Sixteenth green, one putted. Birdie.

Seventeenth green, one putted Bogey.

Eighteenth green, one putted Par.

 

30 putts which is about 8 to 10 below normal for me.

 

Alignment is a snap with these longer putters and so is the pendielum motion. They really roll the ball well.

 

I am using mine as a long putter. I place my left hand on the top of the shaft and bury the knuckle of my thumb into my sternum. Then I place my right hand underneath the shaft in a fashion that I can see my fingernails when I putt. Then on the motion, I just take it back and through.

 

Distance control wasn't really a factor for me. Most of my misses were lip outs or just burned the edge. When I set up over mine, my eyes are almost directly above the ball. The PING lil'b' is a center shafted blade putter. I am glad I didn't go with a mallet, I would probably have more trouble with distance control with a mallet long putter like I have had in the past with the traditional shafted ones.

 

I do not anticipate a switch back to a short putter for some time now.

 

After yesterdays round, my back did not hurt like it usually does. Especially after putting on the practice green for about an hour before the round.

 

I was made fun at the start of the round, especially after four putting the first hole. But by the end of the round, the other two guys I was playing with were both wanting to try out my new not so little friend.

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Timely post.

 

I just dumped my beloved 32" Yes Marilyn and tried a belly putter (built it 10 min). Feel is not quite the same but distance consistency is much better. Also the ball tracks the line very nicely and I had a decent putting round on very very fast greens my first time out.

 

I'm going to give this belly format a real tryout. It does seem easier to just setup and go. With the heavier head (380g), mishits are not really effected

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I've got an odyssey mid 42" on the way. Can anyone give setup or grip advice on these putters....I do not plan on using a split grip.

 

Depending on your height, setup can be determined.

 

I am a towering 5 foot 6 inches :drinks:

 

I place my left hand on the end of my 41" putter and have my thumb of that hand bent at the knuckle across the end of the putter. I then bury that knuckle into my sternum.

 

With my right hand, I place it underneath the putter and grip the putter upside down where I can see my fingernails when I take my stroke.

 

My stance is slightly open and I only have to pay attention to where the putter is with regard to where I am at while addressing the ball. I can tell if I am standing too close to the ball when I can feel the heel of the putter isn't flat on the ground.

 

Hope this helps. Its a little difficult to picture without having a pic.

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Update: I'm loving my short putter. I found this putting thing and it just clicked. Since using it, I'm averaging just under 2 birdies per round (5 in 54 holes) and I haven't shot worse than 80 (3 rounds: 78, 80, 77), and I've had no more than 31 putts with this (31, 30, 30). It still isn't stellar, but it's a work in progress. What I found was to putt cross-handed and make the putter a bit flatter. I've got a solid stroke right now; if I get the distance control down pat, I'll be an awesome putter (hopefully lol)

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