Long should be gone

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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

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