Bradley defends belly putter, but says he's "not scared" if he has to switch

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''There's been a lot of belly putters winning,'' says Keegan Bradley. "I don't think that's a bad thing."
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Doug Ferguson
Associated Press

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AKRON, Ohio -- The USGA and R&A are looking into long putters and belly putters, focusing mainly on anchoring the putter to the body and whether any decision should fall under the rules of golf or an equipment ruling. If it's under the rules, a change would not take place until 2016.

Whatever the case, Keegan Bradley might say he had a hand in any decision.

Bradley became the first player with a belly putter to win a major last year at the PGA Championship. Then, Webb Simpson used a belly putter in winning the U.S. Open in June, and Ernie Els used a belly putter to win the British Open, by one shot over Adam Scott, who uses a long putter.

''There's been a lot of belly putters winning,'' Bradley said. 'I don't think that's a bad thing. I just think it all happened at once. My generation of golfers have been using these putters for a long time. In the past, I think it was a lot of the older guys who felt they couldn't use anything else. I think this generation is different and a little more willing to try things. You're just starting to see it.''

Bradley had a good stroke with the short putter, but decided to try the belly. So if there's a change, ''I'm not scared at all to have to putt with a short putter,'' he said.

That might be different for someone like Carl Pettersson, who has used a long putter dating to his amateur days, or Tim Clark, who also has used a long putter in playing in the Presidents Cup and winning The Players Championship.

And then there is Ernie Els, who decried the longer putters a few years ago until he switched with the famous line, ''As long as it's legal, I'll keep cheating like the rest of them.'' Now, the Big Easy is trying to work his way back to a short putter.

''By the end of the year or so,'' he said. ''But don't cast that in stone. I think I've still got four years maybe with the long putter, so I've still got a bit of time. But eventually, I want to get to the short putter because I feel back in the day, that was my best method of putting.''


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operationglf

If you ban the belly putter you have to ban 460cc driver heads, GI irons, SGI Irons, oversized club heads, marking the ball so you can better line up a putt, offset putter shafts, offset iron or driver shafts, because all of these things give an unfair advantage. Oh yeah and three peice balls and titanium driver heads because these things are responsible for continual increase in golf course yardage. Surprising thing though, with all this AMAZING technology handicaps haven't dropped.

uscarguy

ITS VERY SIMPLE THE PGA AND USGA SHOULD ELIMINATE ALL LONG AND/OR ANCHORED PUTTERS. IF U DONT USE AN "REGULAR LENGTH" 36" OR SHORTER PUTTER U SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY PGA OR USGA TOURNAMENT!!!! SEND THE PUSSY PLAYERS HOME!!!

jksvlgolf

First, I use 36" Odessa putter an have no interest in using anything longer. All you whiners about the long, belly, anchored putter get with it, get a long putter and compete. I know Shambley on the golf channel is such an expert about anchoring, about its unnatural or something. Heck golf isn't natural. The darn this have been used for sometime and , in my humble opinion should be "grandfathered" in. Let's play golf!