As Keegan Bradley neared the end of the 2011 PGA Championship playoff with Jason Dufner, there were two facts that were becoming quiet clear 1) An American would finally win a major 2) The first player to use a long/belly putter would win a major championship on the PGA Tour.
Both of these facts came true as Bradley putted his Odyssey White Hot XG Sabertooth putter to victory. What makes Bradley’s putter different from most golfers on Tour (excluding Adam Scott and Robert Garrigus) is it’s length and how it’s used. Bradley’s putter is 46.75″ from the bottom of the club to the end of the grip, a standard putter is usually between 33 and 35 inches long. Using that extra length to anchor the club into his belly (thus the name “belly” putter) to stabilize the putter.
Of course Bradley’s win at a Major championship stirred up the debate whether or not belly/long putters should be allowed in professional tournaments. The idea of anchoring the grip of the club the belly is seen as an advantage by many. Nothing to get too worked up about though, according to Golf Digest this is not a very popular trend in the golf world with junior golfers.
Fun Facts From the Sandbox: This was the 10th PGA Tour win of the season for Odyssey putters. Odyssey had 40 putters in play this week which was 25.6% of the putters in play.