The long stick’s appeal was in having an anchor point on the body. Long Stick golfers used this anchor to employ a pendulum stroke and be competitive on the greens. But as from January 1, 2016, anchoring the putter as described in Rule.14-1, is verboten.

The RANDA and USGA (after great deliberation, discussion and consultation) both agreed that the notion “the player freely swings the entire club” is consistent with the spirit of the game.

So what can these long putters (as well as golfers who struggle with the short stick) do? Here is my solution. I will describe it in terms of a right-handed golfer using a 32-35” putter with their right hand low on the grip. The grip has a flat upper surface.

Here’s how it works:

Hold the putter grip with your left hand and place the sole of the putter flat on the ground.

Move your head so that your eyes are directly over the ball. This is the vital first step…. The good news is that there is one putter on the market that does this and it does in two dimensions, which is even better.

Move the putter head around so that it faces the intended target.

Now move your body into position. You are set to putt.

If you use this approach every time for every putt your eyes are in the same position every time you putt. Your head is in the same position every time you putt. Excellent.

And now here is the really important part … the base of your neck… the fulcrum or turning point for your pendulum swing… is the same for every single putt!

You now have a constant point for every single putt. You don’t need a body anchor because you have set your body fulcrum in the right position every time for every putt. You’ve now rid yourself of the body anchor and replaced it with your natural fulcrum.

And by the way, you don’t keep your body still; you keep the base of your neck still.

Now for the putting stroke.

Keep your lower body still for your putts. Everything from the belt down stays steady because it is easier to be consistent when there are less moving parts.

Grip the putter with your left hand so that the thumb points straight down the grip. The reason for this grip is to bring the putter face back to square at impact.

Let your right arm hang down and have the palm of your hand facing the intended target. Swing your right arm away from the target. Then let it swing back to the putter. Grip the putter where your right hand meets the grip.

Two issues are resolved when you do this.

Firstly it works out how far you should be standing from the ball. Nifty, huh? And it does it every time.

Secondly, you have swung your right arm back and thru naturally. This is the essence of great putting …a very natural action. So now you have made a backstroke and forward stroke that is specific to you. If it goes outside the line or a little inside the line on the way back it doesn’t matter.

On the forward stroke let your arms fall thru. Because you have set your right arm correctly at address the putter will come through on the right line.Every time. And if it doesn’t then that means you are somehow or someway interfering with your natural stroke.

You can putt with your shoulders, arms and shoulders or just arms. All are good. Choose what suits you best.

Of course there is more fine-tuning to do with the stroke. But this a start point for making the move to a shorter putter and sinking more putts.

Kevin O’Neill
Inventor of the DOT Putter.