Long Putter Really Does Not Make Much of a Difference


Players have won many tournaments using long putters and three or four of the last five majors. However, many fans and players of the game dislike the long putter and feel that it’s an advantage more than anything. Many believe that it kills the pressure that a regular putter has because of the seperation of the hands but let’s be honest. It’s about the player him or herself. If they are poor putters then it’s not going to matter what putter they use. If anything, using a long putter would be a challenge once the player makes the change because the way it needs to be gripped is somewhat uncomfortable compared to normal putters. Yes, players can get used to it but just like when they first picked up a short putter. Same thing, had to get used to it. Adam Scott’s a guy who uses one and took him awhile to get a major but finally got one at the Masters.

It totally depends how good the player is at putting in general because if the long putter was such an advantage, then why haven’t they won every tournament? Because they haven’t so that right there alone shows the over reacting to the long putter. Some say it kills the tradition of of the game of golf and it’s like okay, then why isn’t anyone really saying anything about the hybrids? I like hybrids but I’m just saying, why isn’t anyone talking smack about those? They want to rip on long putters and they do absolutley nothing to improve your game, it’s just a prefereance and everybody should have the right to use them. Period. As a matter of fact, long putters are actually fairly tough to use for long putt so therefore, it brings a challenge and again it depends on how good the player is as a putter. If he or she sucks at putting then they won’t do anything with either putter.

It just takes practice, just like any other part of the game such as driving and ball striking. Besides long putters have been around for a few years and people are just starting to rip it now? Bernhard Langer used it all the time on the Champions Tour and still does. He was one of the most dominant players on the Champions Tour but it wasn’t because of his long putter. He was consistant with his iron shots and had sof touch around the greens. A putter is a putter folks. It doesn’t matter what putter you use, you will miss putts and make putts.

I’m not saying everyone should use a long putter, I’m saying everyone should have the right to use one and not take all of the beatings through social media that it gets. It’s fine to criticize, that’s what makes this country beautiful is opinions, but the way some people have acted over these putter is a little rediculous. And although the long putters will be banned in 2016, some people still want to complain. That’s cute. Everyone has a right in the United States of America’s golf courses.

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Colin GP Mieczkowski

Colin Mieczkowski is the Editor-in-chief of the award winning GP Golf Report. He hails from Chicago,IL and is a big Chicago sports fan (Except the Cubs, sorry. Chi Sox baby). His writing journey began when he used to write in his notebook and write free verse poems. Later, he created a blog that covered Chicago sports, golf and video games (Weird combination) but decided to just focus on his main passion of golf. That's when the GP Golf Report was born and since its humble beginnings, the blog has reached well over 100,000 unique visitors and continues to grow. He also has built a love for golf course design and is a lover of "Street Golf" which is practically how he picked up the game. Colin is also a video game YouTuber as well. He goes by the name "GhostPanda" on there. You can click the YouTube symbol to check him out. Follow him on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio and add him as a friend on Facebook!

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