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“Don’t ban long Putters,” says Adam Scott

adam scott on long puttersWorld number 6 Adam Scott speaks about issues on banning long putters and asked the governing bodies of golf to focus on the more relevant concerns in the sport. The use of long putters has become more popular among professional golfers and the clamor about using the club has also become stronger.

Scott became very bold and admitted speaking to George O’Grady, Chief Executive of the European Tour, that banning long putters would be unfair. “It is very hard to find a good reason to do that at this stage so my conversation was to find out where things sit because it is very hard to get information,” he said during an interview before the Singapore Open.

Critics of belly putter use believe that the club gives players advantage during a game. This is because securing the club in the golfer’s belly will bring more stability to the body, resulting to lesser body movements and swing errors compared to players using the short putters.

Scott believes that both USGA and R&A should look more carefully on setting limitations with other equipment designs. Modern golf equipment, he believes, allow golfers to hit the ball into very far distances which result to extended courses. “We certainly don’t need that sort of carry-on going on in the game of golf. I think it is all unwarranted, all of it, and there are more important things to worry about,” he said.

“I think that it is fairly well acknowledged that length generally is probably the biggest issue in the game and it doesn’t just mean how far pros hit it. Some of our courses, great courses are too short these days. If we are talking about equipment side of things the length issue is probably the most important because tees are moved back. Greens are not changed because people are putting with a long putter,” Scott added.

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