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BELLY PUTTERS – Everything You Need To Know!

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Belly putters are not only the hottest topic and trend in golf equipment right now…they’re also one of the most polarizing.  Not a lot of grey area when you talk to golfers about the topic…they seem to either love’em or hate’em.  But there sure is a hellova lot more golfers nowadays willing to try to love’em then there were just a couple years ago.

That being said we know that many of you are considering giving one a run to replace your current gamer.  Hell everyone wants to get it in the hole a little sooner…so I understand.  So…we thought it would be a good idea to give you some useful information about what you need to consider before making the switch.  So we contacted our friends over at Seemore Putters to put together a list of “Everything You Need To Know About Belly Putters” before making a purchase.

Why Belly Putters Have Grown In Popularity

Every golfer strives for consistency.  Putting is the area of the game where many golfers are the most inconsistent.  With belly putters winning multiple PGA Tour events in 2011, more players at all levels are interested in anchoring their putters.  The belly putter is now often believed to be the answer to putting woes because it eliminates factors by helping the golfer establish consistent:

  • Posture
  • Loft on the putter-face
  • Release of the putter-head through impact

The belly putter may be right for you if your hands get extremely involved in your stroke or if you have a tendency to decelerate.

Considerations Before You Switch

Note that the players who are having success on the PGA Tour are able to practice with their new technique much more than the majority of avid golfers. Also, many successful belly putter users have committed to using it long-term. It’s not an instant “cure all” as it requires practice just like any other method in putting.  Before switching to a belly putter, make sure to take your standard putter and implement a system for putting by practicing establishing consistent:

  • Eye position
  • Ball position
  • Forearm position
  • Grip
  • Alignment

If you commit to a system for putting, practice it and you still aren’t putting well, a belly putter may be a welcomed change.   Utilizing the patented RifleScope Technology RST, a SeeMore Putter provides a system for feedback and will allow you to develop consistent setup and alignment in both a standard length and a belly putter.

Determining The Length Of Your Belly Putter

You need three things to determine the correct length of a belly putter:

  • Standard length putter
  • Yard stick
  • Access to a mirror

Video – How to Fit a Belly Putter

This video on how to fit a belly putter will help you determine the proper length by following the steps mentioned below.

Steps:

  1. Take a yard stick and measure the length of your standard length putter in inches.  Measure by keeping the yard stick parallel to the shaft and allowing the ruler to touch the ground next to the base of the club-head.
  2. After determining the posture that you would like to implement with a belly putter, raise the standard length and stabilize it with the end of the grip in your belly. (An athletic posture that allows your eyes to be inside the club-head is recommended)
  3. While keep the yard-stick parallel to the shaft, measure the distance from the ground to the bottom of the club-head.

Example in the Video: (Club) 35 Inches + (Distance from the bottom of the club to the ground) 9 inches = 44 Inches

Hope you find all of the above information useful. (SPi – Seemore Putter Institute)

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael L. November 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm

so what makes the loft on belly putters so popular?

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Wayne Moyer November 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I thought I heard that they are talking about taking the third anchor point out of the PGA?
That would eliminate the belly putter.

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Benjamin Ehinger March 5, 2012 at 10:49 am

We can only hope. I HATE belly putters and think it takes away from the skill of the really good putters. I think any club anchored to your body should be completely illegal. Just my opinion though.

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Mike French November 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I have been using a 41 inch putter since 1988. I started teaching at a driving range that didn’t have a practice green and putting which had always saved me went south. I tried a 50 inch putter and was great from inside of 8 feet -outside not so good! I kept chopping off length of 50″ till I got to 41″ This enabled me to putt any distance putt well! I am using the 41″ as a long putter, I put my left hand on top with thumb resting on end of grip. I place my right hand about 14″ down with the grip between my index and forefinger(as close to fingertips as I can.. I rest the lifeling of my hand on putter. I use a 21″ Winn grip with the flat part facing towards hole(make sure flat part of grip and putter face are aligned the same). I used a Dynacraft Branding for many years until I switched to a Ping Doc 17 a couple of years ago. Doesn’t matter which head you use as long as it is face-balanced and the lie angle is 79* Make sure you use a “ski Pole” shaft as a regular putter shaft is too flexible at 41″

Mikey says -Try it,you will like it!!!

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geebeeone November 3, 2011 at 9:30 am

So if making the third anchor point illegal (Which would lead to all kinds of court cases)
it would not affect me at all.
I Use a 40″ putter and putt Side Saddle, and the top of the shaft is only held by my hand, nothing else.

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Benjamin Ehinger March 5, 2012 at 10:49 am

Hmmmmm…..so you are already putting illegal by going side saddle….lol.

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Gavin November 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm

It’s all in the head. Whatever helps you putt better I guess.

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Patrick November 11, 2011 at 9:05 am

Has anyone used a belly putter? How well do they work?

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JDubb January 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I think they only work as good as the time and effort you put into them. Just like any other change in your swing you have to practice it over and over. I tried one for a few months in my golf league but eventually went back to the conventional putt. I noticed less control with the belly putter actually, my distance judgments were way out of whack after switching back.

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Benjamin Ehinger March 5, 2012 at 10:53 am

The bottom line is belly putters and longer putters are supposed to take out some of the guess work by giving you a consistent point to anchor them to. Many of the PGA tour players using these putters don’t score very well, compared to the averages, when looking at putts of 20 feet or longer.

Personally, I think belly putters and longer putter look silly and I didn’t care for them when I tried. I play a SeeMore putter because I love the red dot helping for a consistent set up, but I only play a 33 1/2″ putter.

My advice to anybody considering a belly putter, reconsider……especially with the talk of these becoming illegal. If they do, you will just have a long crooked club worth nothing.

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