First introduced in the 1980's, the long putter has helped many golfers play better golf. Johnny Miller was the first professional to use the long putter, even for a limited time to help with his less than good putting stroke. Jim Ferree first used the long putter in 1986 and he says it "saved my golf life". With a bad case of the yips he was ready to quit golf.
The long putter has been used on all the different tours. It does not have the same popularity on the PGA Tour as it does on other tours but that could easily change. A couple of top professionals that use the long putter are Orville Moody and Tom Lehman. Many top European PGA tour players had had excellent results, and because of that the long putter is more widely used. Sam Torrance has had a lot of influence with other European players because of his success with the long putter.
After college, Scott McCarron gave up golf for four years to work with his father in the family clothing business. During that period, athletic focus was on flag football, softball, tennis and racquetball. His return to golf was sparked by the 1991 visit to Raley's Senior Gold Rush, the Champions Tour event at Rancho Murieta, CA. After watching seniors, Scott went home to Reno-Tahoe, America's Adventure Place, and built long putter in garage. He nearly won U.S. Mid-Amateur with homemade model later that year. Scott used a more sophisticated version to win his three TOUR titles.
The long putter can help your game enjoyment from a physical standpoint. The long putter is easier to use and practice with for long periods of time due to a more upright stance for the golfer. An upright stance puts less pressure or strain on the muscles of the back and provides a better vision site line.
The long putter removes a variable from the putting stroke that can cause mishits on the ball during the stoke. With a conventional length putter there are two levers at work during the putting stoke, the left arm and the right arm. By holding the end of the putter shaft against the body, or anchoring it, there is only one lever in the swing which promotes a more consistent contact with the ball.
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