At Cleveland Golf, we acknowledge and respect the right of the USGA and the R&A to prohibit the anchored putting stroke. It is vital to the future of golf that players of all skill levels can enjoy the game; that includes the ability to use equipment that helps them play to the best of their abilities.

In wake of this ruling, we feel that it is the perfect time to bring attention to our “Almost Belly” putter, which has shown great success over the past 2 years. “Almost Belly” putters promote similar benefits to that of the “Belly” putter: they add stability and control to the stroke through a counter-balanced design. However, they are made in a shorter 39-inch length to eliminate the need for anchoring to the body.

We understand all of our current products can be used in line with the USGA ruling by just modifying the stroke and removing contact with the body. Although this will mean change for the players wishing to comply within the rules, there are some simple adjustments a player can make so the putter isn’t anchored. We have proven this with the Almost Belly putter, and we expect to see continued success in this category.


Explore our “Almost Belly” Putters:

T-Frame Almost Belly
Classic Black Platinum Almost Belly
Classic Collection HB 6.0

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7 Responses so far.

  1. Andrew Kim says:

    I know that the ruling to ban the anchored putting stroke is unpopular, but it will preserve the integrity and heritage of the game. To me, this is not a “participation” issue. It’s a “preservation” issue.

    If the anchored putting stroke were allowed to continue, then how long will it be before someone tries to use a six-foot long driver? Someone might have a physical limitation and a six foot long driver might help them gain yards on their tee shots in order to be “competitive” with standard golfers. The same arguments being used for belly putters could be used in favor of extra long drivers, right? At that point, I don’t know what game someone would be playing, but it’s not golf.

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  2. Jeff says:

    I agree with Andrew and the banning of the anchoring of the putter. But, if you could swing a 6 foot driver, there is no rule I’m aware of that would prevent you from doing so as long as you didn’t anchor it. Long drive contest competitors use extra length drivers all the time and there’s violation i’m aware of.

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  3. brian says:

    This is a stupid point of view! Putting has and always will be about rolling the ball along the ground and getting it into the cup! How you do it has always been subject to the whims of the of the USGA. Remember how they banned croquet putting? Before that it was you could not use a pool shot type of putt. The horror of Casey Martin using a cart to play golf and winning every tournament because he would not be tired. BS! How you putt is an individual style and if anchored putting would win you more tournaments then every pro would do it. Just because the last couple of Majors have been won by a long putter user does not make a difference. Hell, why not ban Jim Furyk for his strange swing? Is his swing in the spirit of the game? Anything that makes more people enjoy the game is what I am in favor of.

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  4. Glenn says:

    It seems odd to me that anchored putting didn’t become an issue until 4 of the last 6 majors were won by players who anchored their putters. These long putters have been around for over 30 years and the governing bodies paid them no attention. If it allows the everyday golfer to enjoy the game why not let him keep his putter without feeling like an outlaw. We need to grow this game not make people quit.

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  5. jeanthemachine says:

    I support the ban and, in addition, would like to see the length limited to “no longer than the longest club in the bag” to prevent an advantage in taking relief.

    I applaud the creativity of those who have successfully anchored putters to win championships but I cannot feel sorry for millionaires who may have to relearn a skill to remain competitive.

    It is unfortunate that anchoring was not addressed several years ago but as one from the R&A said “It is never too late to do the right thing”.

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  6. Will o'the Glen says:

    It was Glen Nager, President of the USGA who said “It is never too late to do the right thing”. All that aside, there are still plenty of legal options using longer putters that are available to golfers who currently anchor — so no one is going to have to quit playing golf over this.

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  7. Lee Taylor says:

    Why waste time worrying about this and look at equipment that is forcing golf courses to be so long? Limits on balls.

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