Pelz on long putters: "“Millions of golfers will have seen this and tens of thousands will try it at least.”

Despite not having a regular golf writer, and not having a writer at the PGA Championship (or the Canadian Open for that matter) the Toronto Star managed to come up with a relatively interesting take on Keegan Bradley’s win in Atlanta. The paper talked to short game guru — though probably not the best known putting instructor — Dave Pelz, for his take on the impact of Bradley’s win:

“Millions of golfers will have seen this and tens of thousands will try it at least,” Pelz said. “And they should.”

I’ll add to Pelz’s remarks that I’ve had a belly putter in my hands at least twice this season, wondering whether it could save me a few strokes a game. Putting has been something I’ve been giving more thought to — I even took a putting lesson with Bruce McCarrol — and found myself in Bob Martins Golf in London a couple of weeks back trying a TaylorMade belly putter that was sitting in their used bin. I’ve gone through three putters this year — eventually settling on a TaylorMade Ghost. We’ll see how long I have patience with it.

To Pelz’s way of thinking, I should be considering a belly putter, even if they are heavier and weigh down your bag (something I consider as a walking golfer).

“When you put this technique on very bad putters … it helps them a tremendous amount,” he says of his student golfers.

Interestingly, equipment companies are always using pro golfers as models for selling gear, but apparently it doesn’t work when it comes to putters. That said, I’ve never been invited to a “putter launch,” by an equipment company, though they’ll always bring the media out when they are showing off their latest drivers or irons. I guess we only aspire to hitting long drives, not making putts. That seems to be the conclusion of the Star’s piece, where they talked to a GolfTown employee:

Matthew MacKay, general manager of the Golf Town outlet on King St. W., says the club has held a minuscule part of his putter market but expects to see a spike in belly putter sales in coming weeks.

“I would think that over the next few days or the next week or two we are going to see a lot of people on the (store’s) putting green trying it out,” he says.

“We’re certainly talking about it with our customers.”


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