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If you followed any golf in the 2011 season, I’m sure you have seen the rise of the broom handle or the belly putter, something similar to this sort of length, so much longer putter that you might be used to seeing but actually its become a very prominent feature on the PGA tour over the last few years, a lot of key players starting to turn to the longer putter. Now it might be something that you decide that you want to change to initially but actually it can be quite a useful training aid to help improve your normal putting stroke.

This is a belly putter, now this is a good training aid for you. The broom handle of the longer putter sort of up around the chest actually requires a completely different putting stroke. So this training aid here is the broom handle, sorry is the belly putter and I think this is a good training aid for you. It’s around about between 39, 43 inches something like that depending on how tall you are. But if you anchor that putter nicely into your mid section here, an angle that will take your normal grip down on the club. If I just make a normal rocking action there, it can be looking like a general putting stroke is exactly going down on my hands, my legs and my head is just anchored in the mid section here.

Now if you’ll follow this that you’ve got a bit left wrist here, little flick with the left wrist as you come through the ball, you get a bit handsy, you can see how that affects this end of the putter. You would normally see that with a short putter but when I’m flicking with my wrist which is a fault, this end is going sort of sideways as I put through. So now as I anchor that into my belly there and make a putting stroke, this helps me keep my left wrist a lot firmer, a lot more stable and actually discourages the flick that I would have here.

So if you’re particularly prone to breaking your left wrist into putting stroke which can cause the ball to miss left and go on an inconsistent speed to long quite after when you give it the flick with the left wrist. Maybe get yourself a belly putter just to practice with even if you don’t use this in competition. Practicing with that in the house or on the putting green should encourage that when you go into the golf course and you take your normal putting stroke, you have a lot more solid left wrist puts rather than the hinge ones that get this wobbling around.

So even if you’re not ready for the belly putter, maybe it’s a good practice aid for you as well.