This isn’t the first time the Bogeyville Blogger won’t make any sense, but I think tour players should lay down their belly putters now, long before the Jan. 1, 2016, ban begins.

Why? I can’t shake the feeling they’re sort of cheating. I know, I know--they can legally use these weapons of mass money-making for another 16 months to fatten their bankrolls, but I’d have more respect for them if they returned to conventional putting immediately.

Major winners Keegan Bradley (2011 PGA Championship), Webb Simpson (2012 U.S. Open) and Adam Scott (2013 Masters) along with senior tour stars Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples come to mind as renown belly-putter proponents.

I like their games…don’t hold personal animus toward them…I just detest this putting style. Maybe that’s why I bellyache so much. I did give it a thorough try once--10 whole minutes--the longest, most uncomfortable time in my life, missing every putt attempted. From that point, I bid belly putting bye-bye.

The supreme rulers of golf, the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient, exorcised anchor/belly putters from the body of golf last year.

In some respects, I loathe siding with these stodgy codgers, the protectors of golf tradition. This isn’t the first time the terrible twins have raised a fuss over putting. Forty-six years ago, they banned croquet-style putting used by Sam Snead in his attempt to overcome the yips.

The USGA deemed the between-the-legs croquet stroke “too bizarre,” while Bobby Jones said it didn’t look like golf. Tradition ruled over putting practicality. When the ban took effect on Jan. 1, 1968, the 50-something Snead switched to side-saddle putting and heard no further nays from the USGA and R&A. The Slammer successfully competed on tour well into his 60s.

Now, a half century later, I suggest players take immediate steps to wean themselves from belly putters. I don’t know if I can stomach seeing the extreme delirium tremors these great golfers may exhibit if they wait until 2016 to go cold turkey.




12/06/2016 4:00am

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02/26/2017 11:07pm

Am I the only one find your article silly? It really made me laugh. I realize that some golfers have really big bellies. I hope they could read your article. Well, thank you for sharing your thoughts, keep blogging!

09/21/2017 3:55am

Though it was a hard time understanding the whole article because it talks about a certain sports which I am not familiar to, I enjoyed reading your post because it is funny. Actually, I had a good laugh! I didn't know that golf players have this kind of humor too! I thought they were so focused on their sport and they do not have time for a thing like this. My perception has changed after reading this article!

01/19/2017 8:51pm

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07/31/2017 9:14pm

It turns out it is not only belly putting that is illegal, according to an article that I have read if the putter is pushed against your chin and hand then it is also illegal. I wish you could have put some pictures here on your blog of belly putters because I find myself cringing at them so badly. I do not understand how this can help them in their game because it looks so uncomfortable. This was a fun article to read nevertheless.

09/03/2017 1:53am

Thanks for posting this. I wish it was able to be translated, but for some reason


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