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Belly putter?

Discussion in 'Golf Equipment Talk' started by mddubya, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. mddubya

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    Ok, after much deliberation, more than $1000.00 invested in putters, including 3 Scotty's, I've decided to try a belly putter. Problem is, I don't want to, nor can I afford to buy a good one, I've decided to build myself a belly putter. This is the one I'm thinking about getting and either extending the shaft or buying a new shaft.

    Tour Edge BackDraft GT+ Putters
    I'm looking at the OS-3. If this experiment fails, I'll just have to admit I can't putt, lol

    The only problem is, they don't list the weight, and I know a belly or chest putter needs to be on the heavy side.
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    The above link has quite a bit of info about building a belly putter. It appears, from this article and some others I have read, the main issue using a standard putter head is the lie angle. If you do get one built, there may be a shop in your area that could tweak the lie angle if it were incorrect. A couple of the component manufacturers have putter heads specifically for 'broomstick' or belly use. Others just sell their regular heads and the assembler will need to make the appropriate lie adjustments.
     
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    Thanks Limpalong, great info there. The head I'm looking at has the plumbers neck so there should be plenty of adjustability there. Now to just find one of those adjustable length putters to determine what length I need.
     
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    Go to the local lumberyard and buy a 4 Ft long, 3/4 or 1 inch diameter wooden dowel. Should cost barely a dollar. Drill a hole in one end that will fit over the outside of the hosel... snugly. Trim the dowel to where it is comfortable. Take segments off a 1/2" at a time until you find the forrect length. Then, convert that length to what would be needed when you use the shaft that fits inside the hosel.

    That's certainly not scientific and may not work. Just seemed like a cheap way out from someone used to using redneck engineering.
     
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    Sounds like a awesome idea and solution to me, and if you check my sig, you'll see I'm from the home of Redneck Engineering! If a roll of duct tape, some bailing wire and a 9/16 wrench can't fix it, nothing can. :D
     
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    Thanks for the link Jerry. I like the looks of the Inazone Niveus White Putter. If it was available with a plumbers neck I'd buy it for sure. May still before it's all over.
     
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    ok, well deff not a belly putter, but I have a question for you guys... what do you think of using a youth putter? its really short, but I've wanted to try it for a while. I tried 50'' putters, belly putters, 34" 35", 6 diferent styles.... nothing feels good. It might look funny, but its legal. sorry to thread jack... input please.
     
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    I played with a guy who used a youth putter. I got paired with him while I was at a course in Hilton Head. Yes, he did look ridiculous, but he also made more putts than I did.

    My son has a youth set of Clevelands that are still too long for him. The putter is a mallet and I've goofed off with it and I can't make shit with it.

    It does make sense to have your hands closer to the ball for more accuracy though.
     
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    I know he didn't use a youth putter, but Nicklaus bent way over and got down very close to the ball when he putted. And you know, he was a pretty decent golfer in his day! ;)
     
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    A guy i play with regularily had me cut his putter down to 27.5". He putts lights out with it. He's 5'11".

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    oh my aching back...
     
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    I bought a Bionk 505 putter, a Apollo 53" stepless shaft, and a Karma Belly putter grip from Hireko for $26.84 shipped. I made it into a 41.5" belly putter just to try out. It has turned out to be a great experiment. Give it a try. I think you will be very pleased.
     
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    Through some horse trading I now possess a Nickent Pipe Putter, model PP/003, split Golf pride grip, set up at 43 inches. I can't wait to try it out on the course, just gotta get over that last round of chemo and this bronchitis. It feels and rolls great on the carpet so far. Between finally straightening out my driver woes, and the possibility of shaving a few strokes off my score putting, I'm excited about playing golf again, :D
     
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    Well, it was WAY to windy today to play golf, to windy and cold. I did go down to the practice putting green to try out the new belly/sternum putter. Its either to long to be a belly putter, or to short to be a chest putter. Today I was trying it as both a belly and a sternum, switching back and forth. It doesn't seem to have enough weight to it to use as a broom stick, chest or sternum putter. It is definitely a different putting style, and will take quite a bit of getting used to. But the fact that I'm not bent over means I can actually put in the time needed to get used to it. It used ti kill my back to try and work on my putting with a normal/typical style putter. But it was so windy here today that even standing there trying to line up a putt, the wind was making me sway back and forth.
     
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    Definitely not good practice conditions to instill confidence. On my first trip to Scotland, I played a links course at Crail. The wind was so strong that I could see the ball quivering on the green as I addressed the ball for putts. The wind never actually moved the ball out of position; but the thought of it happening got into my head on every putt.
     
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    Well, I still haven't had a chance to play a round with my new belly putter, so the ribbing hasn't begun yet, lol. This is the one I ended up going with. Yeah, I know, it's in contention for one of the ugliest putters ever made. But after several trips to the practice green, and many hours rolling putts on the carpet, I have to admit it works. Am I draining every putt? Of course not, but I'm making a higher percentage of them, and my misses are all withing the easy tap in range to all but eliminate the chance of 3 putts. I'm actually looking forward to seeing the looks on my playing partners faces when they see it, lol. It is definitely a totally different putting style, and is taking quite a bit of getting used to. I may still cut it down 1 - 1 1/2 inches, and might even add a bit of weight to it with some lead tape to give it a bit more heft. But all in all, so far the belly putter experiment seems to be paying off. The tube makes it SUPER easy to lign up, and anchoring it just to the left of my belly button has certainly steadied my putting stroke, if only in my mind. And hey, thats over half the battle, right?

    So my advice, if your not completely satisfied with your putting, and think you can handle to possible redicule from your playing partners, check out ebay, craigslist, or the link that Jerry provided, and invest a little money in what could be a very successful experiment.
    pipe putter.
     
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    If I decided to increase the weight of the putter head, can't I pour some lead powder down the shaft? How do I get it to harden once I do so?
     
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    Not sure if you could get it to harden but couldn't you pour something down the shaft that will harden on top the powder and act like a plug?
     
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    True, hadn't even thought of that.
     

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