Putters Long Putters Right

Broomstick putters are a type of golf putter that have an elongated shaft, typically much longer than traditional putters. They are called “broomstick putters” because the length of the shaft resembles a broomstick. Broomstick putters are also sometimes referred to as long putters or belly putters.

The defining characteristic of a broomstick putter is its length, which is generally between 40 to 50 inches, although there is some variation. This length allows the golfer to anchor the putter against their body, typically by anchoring the top end of the grip against the chest or belly, hence the name “belly putters.”

The use of broomstick putters gained popularity in the early 2000s and continued for some time until a rule change by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A) in 2016. The rule change prohibited golfers from anchoring the club against their bodies while making a stroke. This decision was made to maintain the traditional nature of the game and to address concerns that anchoring the putter provided an unfair advantage.

After the rule change, golfers are still allowed to use broomstick putters, but they must be used in a non-anchored manner. Golfers can grip the longer shaft with their hands, but they must not use any part of their body to hold or brace the putter during the stroke.

Since the rule change, the popularity of broomstick putters has somewhat declined, and many golfers have transitioned to other putter styles. However, some golfers still prefer the longer shaft and find success with broomstick putters by adapting their technique to the non-anchored method.

It's worth noting that rules and regulations regarding golf equipment can evolve over time, so it's always a good idea to check with the USGA or local golf associations for the most up-to-date information on the use of broomstick putters or any other equipment-related matters.

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.