Look for Callaway Golf to continue offering long putters and belly putters in the wake of the USGA/R&A proposal to ban players from anchoring the putters to their bodies. That makes sense because the proposal, it should be remembered, is not to ban the putters but to ban the putting movement that the ruling bodies don’t considered a traditional golf stroke.
“Odyssey has long held the belief that confidence with the putter is good for the game, particularly regarding player retention and growth potential. But one of the beauties of putting is that there are so many ways to do it,” said Chris Koske, Global Director for Callaway’s Odyssey Golf brand. “Notwithstanding the final ruling in 2013, it is Odyssey’s pledge to ensure golfers have the same level of confidence when they line up a putt with one of our products – regardless of the putting technique. We have anticipated this proposal for some time now and have been busy exploring several alternative options.”
Ernie Els used an Odyssey White Hot XG #1 belly putter to win the 2012 Open Championship.