Mo Martin’s dad put a long putter in her hands at age 6 for two reasons: 1. It would be easier on her back. 2. Because there was a move to ban the long putter, Martin’s dad figured it must offer some kind of advantage.
Twenty-four years later, Martin, 30, is a rookie on the LPGA and still following dad’s advice.
Until two weeks ago, she used a three-piece Dynacraft that a friend epoxied together. In Malaysia, she put a Bobby Grace long putter in play because it had less loft and improved roll off the face.
While the long putter has worked well for Martin, she’s not sure there’s an anchoring advantage.
“Even now, at the height of the popularity of the belly and long putters, players using them are still in the vast minority, both professionally and in amateur golf,” Martin said via email from Cambodia. “So if everyone wants to putt better but few have switched, where’s the clear advantage?”
Martin can name only two other players on the LPGA who use long putters and a small handful who prefer the belly putter. The fact that Martin is a lifelong convert makes this Californian even more of
a rarity, yet she doesn’t fear a potential U.S. Golf Association ban.
Martin used a conventional putter during competition several years ago and shot 69. She practices with a shorter putter on occasion to keep things fresh and is confident it wouldn’t take long for her
to transition to a conventional putter.
“No technology, no technique, and no anchoring is going to replace having to read the greens correctly, choose an appropriate speed and line, and be able to make putts when it matters,” Martin wrote.
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Editor’s note (added since story publication): It’s clear that the USGA and R&A are getting close to a decision on anchoring, at least the PGA of America believes so. Before the turkeys hit the Thanksgiving table, new PGA of America president Ted Bishop sent an e-mail to all of its members with a simple question?
With regards to anchoring a golf club:
a. Yes, I would favor a ban on anchoring a golf club
b. No, I would not favor a ban on anchoring a golf club
How do you feel about the same questions? Vote below!