Continued Thoughts on Belly Putters

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

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Last month I shared a few thoughts with you on belly putters. I am going to continue to share a few more thoughts this month.

Same cover story: If you subscribe to Golf Digest and Golf Magazine you have probably noticed something in common. Both cover stories for December are on Belly Putting. The December issue for Golf Digest is already out with Webb Simpson on the cover and this week Golf Magazine will be coming out with its cover story. Todd Sones will be on that cover. Can you recall the last time both of those magazines came out the same month with the same story? I personally can’t ever recall. And, I have been getting both magazines for a long time.

I am going to go back and say it one more time, “There is really something to the belly putter”.

5 fittings last week: I did 5 custom fits last week and at the end of the day all 5 students purchased one. The only reason they purchased one is because they were putting better. We know that is the fact because I am using the I-ping app and the numbers are very black and white. You are either putting better or you are not. No maybe about it.

Demand: I know the demand is out there for this reason. I carry a fair amount of inventory with the Titleist line. And, the last time I ordered inventory on the Scotty Cameron KOMBI Putter they had a 6 week back order on them. The KOMBI is by far, in my opinion, the best Belly Putter out there for touch and feel. The retail is $295 on the KOMBI. Not cheap. But, most people never hesitate to spend $300 to $500 on a new driver that they hit a maximum of 14 times a round, however when it comes to a putter $300 seems too much. And by the way, the average times a round you are using a putter is 30-40 times. YOU DECIDE!

The fit: I am now going to go back to the most important thing I can share with you. It is the fit. The FIT is everything. I am now starting to have people bring me belly putters that they have supposedly been fit and most of those putters are between 1”-3” too long. When you are looking at the fit, (which I will cover next month) it is paramount that you get the student in perfect posture and then put the putter in their hands. With the help of Mark Timms, Owner of Cool Clubs, he has created a brilliant fitting system for me, we can fit someone from 4’6” to 6’7”. That pretty much covers every one. So, I ask you one more time if you are actually looking to play better golf and lower your handicap, as this would be a great place to start. Contact me if you have any questions and more important if you are interested in going through the fitting process.

Scott Sackett, GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher since 1999, just voted as one of Golf Digest’s Best Teacher in the State for the fifth year in a row. Also Director of Instruction at Park Meadows CC in Park City Utah and while in Scottsdale, he teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. If you would like to contact Scott, reach out through his website at