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Arnold Palmer says no. Sir Nick says, sure, why not. Keegan Bradley won the PGA with it, the first ever major won with a long putter. Adam Scott resurrected his career with it. As did Freddy Couples. It’s easier on the back. It takes the left hand, if held still, out of the stroke completely. It creates a pendulum action on par with a grandfather clock. But should it be legal? The King is very clear on this, saying that no golf club should be anchored to the body. Anchoring the club to the body, as with the belly or long putter, creates an advantage that a free swinging putter does not have. It removes a variable that has been with golfers since the inception of the game. ┬áTo hold the butt end of the club against the body provides a stability unavailable to those using putters of usually no more than 35 inches.

It’s a matter of confidence, which is at the core of successful putting. Putting simulates the movements of a pendulum, and a golfer’s skill is dependent upon how pendulum-like he or she can control the club. If the end of the club is fixed to the torso, (more…)

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I’m not big on tooting my own horn, but this is one of those major accomplishments I simply must share. The last time I broke 80 was 1997, until two weeks ago when I shot a 77 at Bennett Valley in Santa Rosa CA, a tree-lined muni that is quite challenging. These 13 years have been frustrating as far as my golf goals are concerned. Swing, club, and ball changes. Different putters. Lessons. Books on the mental game. And looking for that elusive chipping stroke that helped me break 80 a number of times when I was a teenager. I felt sentenced to a 13 handicap, unable to break that magic barrier. Big numbers on any given day would sink the good ship 70 something.

But I’d stumbled on something around my swing and my chipping technique, which I will share with you, (more…)

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