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Golf Australia Express : August 2014
There was no alternative, and even then, nothing was guaranteed and nothing accounted for the inevitable accuracy-sapping nervous tension in your shoulders and arms when standing over a birdie putt to collect the dough against your mates at the 18th hole. That was until some bright spark jammed a giant putting shaft into their sternum and created the “broomstick” putter that helped create a smoother and more stable stroke. Rocco Mediate began using one and collected the 1989 Doral Open, becoming the first player to win with an anchored putter. Others followed, including Paul Azinger, who switched to the long stick and had his first victory in six years in 2000, and Vijay Singh, who changed the length of his putter depending on his mood and won six times with a standard blade and three times with a broomstick in 2004. Steve Flesch won the Zurich Open in 2003 and said the long putter he used was “like cheating”. But unfortunately for Flesch and everyone else extolling the virtues of those game-saving weapons, the USGA and R&A now also see them as “like cheating”. Which, as you’ve no doubt guessed, leads us to the newest and hottest must-have addition to any golf bag – counterbalanced putters. Billed as the antidote for all those players who worship the longer flatsticks that will be banned from that church in 2016, counterbalanced putters aim to mimic the characteristics of their larger cousins but without the requisite size or need for anchoring. Here’s how it works below: ARE COUNTER BALANCE PUTTERS THE ANSWER FOR LOVERS OF THE LONG PUTTER? MOST PROBABLY, YES. CLICK THE BUTTONS (LEFT) FOR MORE INFORMATION the gear THE PREMISE THE RESULT THE METHOD THE EFFECT WHO WANTS ONE?