An extra-long putter is sometimes called a “broomstick” because of the sweeping stroke used. Typically about 50 inches long, broomstick putters may be anchored to the body – against the chest, for instance – and eliminate wrist movement during the stroke.
Broomstick putters initially gained popularity among older golfers and/or those with back problems. However, younger players have begun using them in wider numbers as many players believe the broomstick improves their short putting.
Sometimes confused with belly or mid-length putters, broomstick putters are longer and require a different putting method. Most top putter brands, including Thomas Golf (www.thomasgolf.com), feature broomstick-style putters.