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Simpson, Ready Even If Long Putters Will Be Banned

webb simpsonWebb Simpson is an apparent user of long putters. The US Open champion is among the three golfers who have won in the major tournament using the long golf club. Though he is not anxious at all even if this type of putter is banned, he admits that he finds this probable action incorrect.

The American golfer has already started golfing using the conventional putter as a preparation for the probable change in the Rules of Golf. It has been quite a time since the USGA and the R&A was bombarded with different concerns and have been in discussion about banning the long putters in competitions. The two agencies are the governing bodies of golf.

Simpson said during an interview at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf held in Bermuda, “There’s a bunch of arguments going around but I haven’t heard a good one yet. I’m friends with a lot of the R&A guys and the USGA guys. It’s nothing personal and I know they are trying to do it for the betterment of the game, but I don’t think it’s a good decision.”

He has been using belly putters since 2004 but he believes that there is no strong evidence that long putters gave any player an advantage during a game. “It’s going to be tough if they do ban it. It’s going to be tough for a lot of people, not just players. It’s going to be tough for committees to really have a stance on it and explain why,” he added.

The 27-year-old golfer also shared, “What I found was I just became a more consistent putter. I don’t get hot quite as much. I don’t get cold quite as much. With the short putter, I was a real streaky putter, so in my head I figured if I want to play this game for a long time, I don’t want my putting to be such highs and lows.” Simpson further believes that there are other rules that need much more attention than this.

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Putters – Long or Short?

long or short puttersGolf enthusiasts go with never-ending discussions about golf and the technology involving it. Just like the heated debates regarding the use of long putters.

The ruling authorities of golf, both R&A and USGA, already admitted that the current Rules of Golf is “firmly back on the radar”. Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of R&A, emphasized that a final resolution is yet to be discussed and worked on.

Professional golfers also have their respective opinions about the matter. Ernie Els once said that although using a long putter makes him feel like cheating, he would still take advantage of it since it is not prohibited. He has won four major tournaments in his career.

Tom Kite strongly stated, “Belly putters are legal and are both wonderful ways to putt. But I don’t think they are good for golf.” Kite is the 1992 US Open Champion and has won the Ryder Cup seven times.

Steve McKenna of the City of Newcastle Golf Club says, “The conventional method of putting is playing with a standard-length putter and holding it with an orthodox grip. It is still the preferred method of good golfers. As long as the golfer’s technique, feel and ability to read greens is sound there is no need to move away from convention.”

While Brian Rumney of the Arcot Hall Golf Club says, “Anchoring the putter against the chest, chin or whatever and requiring only one hand for the stroke is not how the game was designed to be played. There’s currently a huge debate on these types of putters and my prediction, for what it’s worth, is that the USGA and the R&A believe they should do something about them.”

Indeed, all matters will settle once the USGA and the R&A do something about it. In the meanwhile, let us all look forward to what they have to say, hopefully, soon.

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More Odyssey Putters Seen in the FedEx and Ryder Cups

Odyssey PuttersOdyssey keeps on moving forward into developing new, better and excellent putters. Having this attitude allows them to maintain the number one putter in golf status. Their position in the golf industry was further affirmed by the big number of putters counted and recorded in the recent tournaments.

Putters made by Odyssey were seen used by one after another winning golfer in different tour championships, including the recent FedEx Cup. The event’s champion took home the $10-million bonus after using Odyssey’s White Hot XG Rossie Putter, closing the event at the East Lake with three shots away.

Aside from the FedEx Cup, the Ryder Cup also recorded most putters by Odyssey. More than 41% of the 24 total competitors used an Odyssey putter as they played for the team they represented. The latest Ryder Cup is also said to be one of most exciting games that has ever happened in its history. This only proves that the world’s best golfers rely on Odyssey during difficult times.

Even professional golfer Phil Mickelson has the most number of appearances in the entire Ryder Cup history since 1995. This year’s Ryder Cup is his fifth since 2004 after he officially joined Odyssey. He took control over the first three matches used the Pro Type ix 18 PM putters with a claw grip. Both equipment helped him well at the smooth greens of Medinah.

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The Nike Method Core Drone Putter

Nike Golf adds a new putter to its Method Core Putter line, the Nike Method Core Drone. The Drone has already proven its success winning more than 25 tournaments worldwide. The success was already manifested three months before the product was made available in the market.

“My new best friend from Nike, The Drone!” says Nike athlete Suzann Pettersen in a photo tweet. Pettersen won the Ladies European Tour at the Ladies Irish Open and the LPGA Tour at the Safeway Classic, both using the Drone putter.

The Nike Method Core Drone features the Polymetal Groove Technology with a high moment of inertia package, loaded with geometrical beauty through its larger mallet-shaped and pounded face. Its shape and design keep the clubhead steady while delivering even, precise and confidence building strokes.

The Polymetal Groove Technology is a Nike-distinct feature existing in all putters in the Nike Method line. It is well known for its capability of delivering faster spin rates with increased accuracy upon impact. Polymer and aluminum materials decrease vibrations giving your hits a pure sound and feel. With less vibrations, backspins are eliminated thus, eliminating skidding and misdirection, as well.

Nike Golf athletes have expressed appreciation to the revolutionary design and technology used by the leading manufacturer of golf equipment. They find the decreased backspin as an important tool in increasing their accuracy in putting and distance control. As golfers say, the lesser backspin there is, the truer putt rolls.

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Golf Putter by Ping Nome

Ping has been spending a huge amount of time researching putters, putter shapes, and ways in which to help golfers make better strokes. Brad Schweigert, the company’s Director of Engineering, says, “One common theme that arose through all our research was that people wanted something simpler in shape and something with a long sight line extending up to the leading edge of the putter to help them line up.”

The result of all this hard work is the Ping Nome Putter.

The Ping Nome Putter is quite possibly the best-looking mallet the company has ever produced. It features a black alignment bar contrasted with a white sightline running across the top, giving the golfer a good sight of his golf ball. “It is designed to be extremely forgiving, thanks to lightweight, high-grade aluminum frame boasting tungsten sole weighting that optimizes the Center of Gravity position and elevates the Moment of Inertia,” Schweigert explained.

The new equipment was instantly noticed in the golf world when Hunter Mahan used the club and won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, earlier in the PGA Tour season. Mahan recalls using the Ping Nome Putter: “It felt great immediately, and it gave me a lot of confidence, so I could just trust my aim and stroke the ball freely. Long putts, big-breaking putts, I felt like I could make just about any putt I looked at.”

The club is available in three different shaft bends and comes in several versions, including a standard 355-gram version and a belly version with USGA-approved adjustable shaft length, weighing 405 grams. The long version is set to be released this summer.

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