What is All the Buzz About Belly Putters?

Scott Sackett
Director of Instruction
McCormick Ranch Golf Club
Scottsdale, AZ

More Information

Here is my take so far…it may change, but not likely.

After watching the tour events over the last year and seeing all of the buzz on the belly putters, I thought I should do a little home work. With that in mind, I purchased my first belly putter in June. I purchased a Scotty Cameron Kombi. Love the Scotty Cameron line. I want to let you know it was not an easy decision to purchase a belly putter because I think, for the most part, I am a pretty good putter. On a scale of 1-10, I am a 9. So, my putting was not broken. After playing with the putter on the practice green for about 8 weeks I thought I would take it out on the course. All I can tell you is this. I have never made more putts in a 6’-10’ range in my life, as I did the first day with the putter. I thought to myself, “Well that always happens with a new putter”, have you ever heard that before? So, to make sure, I went back out the next day and to my surprise it was not a fluke. It is really that great.

So, here is what I have learned over the last two months. The FIT is everything. I was fortunate enough to spend an hour with Mark Timms, the owner of Cool Clubs, and in my opinion, the best club fitter in the country…yes, in the country. He made a few simple adjustments to the length to get my posture better. The changes and comfort were immediately better. As Mark and I talked about the fit, in his words he said there are a lot of people walking into Cool Clubs that have purchased belly putters elsewhere and they are not fit properly. After Mark and his staff get the proper fit, their clients are also getting the positive results that I first felt. So, I have put the belly putter in my bag and I am pretty certain it is not going to leave anytime soon. What I have done with some of my students is share my experience with them, they are open-minded, and before you know it they also feel the change. It is really something. Hard to explain unless you have been through the experience.

So, with that in mind, if you are looking for a few less strokes around the green, give me a call and I will show you how simple it really is.

Scott Sackett, GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher since 1999, was just voted as one of Golf Digest’s Best Teacher in the State for the fifth year in a row. Scott is also Director of Instruction at Park Meadows CC in Park City, Utah and while in Scottsdale he teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. You can contact Scott at his website at www.scottsackett.com.