Long should be gone
Further to the ongoing saga of long putters, I do not believe that long putters are in the same category as metal woods and other developments in clubs that still require a person to grip and swing in the conventional manner. The handling of long putters is unconventional. My theory is that the “yips” occur when a player’s small muscles and their wrist and elbow joints cannot control the putting stroke, and therefore anchoring of the putter to the body eliminates this problem. I agree with Peter Senior that you still must read the breaks and hit the right speed, but these are meaningless if you cannot control the putter.
There can be no doubt that a multitude of great golfers were once very good putters but sadly have lost the talent and/or the nerve. Many others may never have had it in the first place.
I strongly feel that artificial aids such as long putters should not be allowed to assist players who do not have the talent and/or nerves to compete against those that do have such talents. Arthur Matthes, via email