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12:02 AM Sun, Sept. 23rd

Golf Tip: Switching to a "belly putter" could help your short game

Have you noticed that many of the tour professionals are now using the "belly putter"? There must be a good reason and the answer is they putt better!

One of the reasons that many people have problems in putting is that they use too much wrist action. This over use of the hands during the putting stroke causes the putter head to change positions causing inconsistency. The "belly putter" is longer and the golfer puts the grip end of the putter up to his "belly" which means that during the stroke the hands become less active. With the "belly putter" the golfer has to use more shoulder action and the hands to just seem to "go along for the ride".

My suggestion is to give one a try and see for yourself because the putter is the most important club in your bag.

Mack McCarley, is the PGA Professional at the Antelope Hills Golf Courses and a member of the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame.