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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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Tee it Forward and Enjoy the Game of Golf


Tee It Forward
“Tee It Forward” is a program launched by the PGA of America, partnered with the United States Golf Association (USGA). It is an initiative that aims to give golfers a more fun-filled experience on the course while improving the overall quality of their performances.

Tee It Forward promotes the idea that golfers should play using a set of tees that are appropriate for their abilities. A golfer’s average driving distance is measured and matched with a fitting tee and course distance. A chart is provided to serve as a guideline, helping golfers understand and follow the principles.

Using the program, players are likely to achieve better scores and experience more fun and enjoyment while playing. More casual and new golfers are expected to become attracted to the sport, and they’ll want to play more often, which is a good thing for the golf industry in general.

Barney Adams, the founder of Adams Golf, provided the concept that became the backbone of the program. Using the program’s principles, even beginning golfers can play 18-holes over a distance relative to a pro’s game. Novices are encouraged to play the course within their capabilities. Professional players, on the other hand, can take on more challenges as they push through every game.

The program is indeed an innovation, where the enjoyment of every golfer, of any skill level, is enhanced. Both associations are looking forward to seeing Tee It Forward adopted by many more golfers and golf facilities in the United States.

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