Belly Putters - Why they do not spell destruction for the game of golf.
Many are arguing that belly putters should be banned from the professional golf tour but I am disagreement with those views.
There have been many changes in golf equipment over the years that have made it easier for golfers to score.
With over-sized drivers, hybrid irons, and new golf balls all being designed to give the golfer the edge.
Why should the putter be any different? If belly putters are banned because they give the golfer an unfair advantage should professionals be forced to use wooden clubs and leather balls.
Because that is of course the traditional way the game was played.
The answer for the vast majority of golfer is obviously no.
The reality about performance enhancing equipments effect on professional golf is not what most golf announcers would make you believe.
Yes, it is true that the pros are hitting the ball farther then ever.
But since they all have access to the same performance enhancing equipment they are all hitting the ball father.
It is not like only one person is given the competitive advantage over the others because he posses a special piece of equipment that nobody else has access to.
And at the end of the day a golfer must still have a good swing and good fundamentals if they expect to hit the ball well.
Golfers who use belly putters still have to read greens and putt with the proper speed.
Both of which is the hardest part of putting.
If all one needed was a perfect putting stroke there would be a whole lot less 3 puts.
The reality is that the majority of performance enhancing equipment has had the most profound impact on amateur golfers.
In fact the worse your golf swing the more benefits you will see from these new easier to hit clubs.
Contrary to what the media will make you believe these facts are well know by club manufacturers who have designed this equipment with the amateur in mind.
For anybody who has ever had a bad round of golf you know that it is always more fun to play better.
If a high handicapper can become a medium handicapper he will most likely enjoy the game more and continue to regularly play golf.
Very few will argue with the fact that Tiger Woods or Ernie Els, etc.
would be able to play great golf with just about any set of clubs.
However, before the invention of hybrid irons Joe high handicapper might not have ever been able to consistently hit a 3 iron.
Statistically the reality is that Joe high handicapper's major problems with their putting stroke are poor distance control and directional inconsistency.
This is often caused by too much wrist or hands action and the lack of a pendulum style stroke.
What does all of this have to do with belly putters.
Well by resting the putter on you belly you will create a stabilizing effect.
This will help to eliminate the hands and wrist actions from your putting stroke helping the golfer to put more consistently.
Since most professionals already have good putting strokes the benefits will be seen to a much smaller degree.
Many tour pros do not suffer from the common pitfalls corrected by the belly putter and would see no advantage to the switch.
In fact like most performance enhancing golf clubs if belly putters provided tour pros with that much of an advantage then all of them would switch just like everybody now uses over-sized drivers and the game would still rely on the golfers touch and feel.
The belly putter does not threaten to destroy the sacred game of golf any more then the hybrid iron or any of the innovative technologies before it.
At the end of the day golf is a game meant to bring enjoyment to millions and if somebody will be able to enjoy the game more with a belly putter then we should let them have it.