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Golf Australia Express : January 2013
SAY WHAT? LETTER OF THE MONTH YOUR THOUGHTS... YEP, I'VE USED A broomstick putter for about 10 years. Putting with conventional putters spoils not only my enjoyment of the game, but also those who otherwise enjoy my company but feel the need to look away as I "putt conventionally". Golf is my mistress; it allures me, it excites me and every now and again it leaves me feeling inadequate and insecure. But it helps to keep me sane, a distraction and obsession that keeps me grounded. If anchoring is such a crime in the eyes of the ruling bodies, why has it taken nearly 50 years to make alleged charges of "cheating"? — MARK THOMAS, VIA EMAIL TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE PROPOSED BELLY PUTTER BAN... MY EXPERIENCE IS that long putters only help bad putters. If they were an advantage Woods, Baddeley and McIlroy would already be using them. The issues of how far the ball goes and how far the drivers can hit the already too-hot ball are of far more consequence than belly putters. The proposed changes will make a lot of twitchy elderly golfers give the game up. Is that the intent of the ruling body? The tour pros will adapt but the amateur who gets the yips will quit golf. By the way, I still use a short putter. — TOM LINSKEY, AUSTRALIAN GOLF SCHOOLS, VIA EMAIL BAN ANCHORING (ie. belly and broomstick putters) for the pros, but let us mature amateurs enjoy their golf a little longer. — NEIL MULLER, VIA EMAIL I COULDN'T AGREE more with Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, the R&A and the USGA. The belly putter is an ugly stain on the game because it removes potential wrist movement from the putting stroke. That's cheating, pure and simple. — CHRIS RITTER, VIA EMAIL PEOPLE WHO GET the yips and use belly putters say it's a neurological problem that is only fixed by using this putting style. What about my neurological problem that causes to me mis-hit my shots? Should I be allowed to have mulligans to solve my problems for being a lousy golfer? — ANDREW PAPADOPOULOS, VIA EMAIL GOLFERS WILL DO anything to get an advantage and reduce their handicap. So, if the long putter or anchoring provides an advantage why hasn't it taken over the game in the last 30 years? For those that advocate the change, you better hope you never get the yips. — DAVID BOWTELL, VIA EMAIL THE LETTER OF THE MONTH RECEIVES A DOZEN CALLAWAY HEX BLACK TOUR BALLS