Point/Counterpoint: Mediate and Trevino Dish on Long Putter

Point/Counterpoint: Mediate and Trevino Dish on Long Putter 1
Rocco Mediate (Allison)

I SAW THESE RECENT COMMENTS on the long putter/belly putter from Champions Tour rookie Rocco Mediate and Hall of Famer Lee Trevino.

First, Rocco.

“Here’s what I think—and sums it up. If it was the answer, if it makes it easier to putt, why isn’t everybody using one?

“I don’t think it’s an advantage,” Mediate added. “You still have to make the putter move. The USGA can make rules. I will always abide by them … I don’t know if it’s warranted.”

Believe it or not, Mediate is actually using a conventional-length putter at the moment. He starting using the long putter nearly 20 years ago due to chronic back issues. “It was all about (the back) for me, not the yips,” he said. “I became quite efficient with it but it takes a long time.”

After struggling on the greens at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf, Trevino put a belly putter (TaylorMade Ghost model) in play for the first time ever. Here were his comments, before and after.

“I had the yips so badly with that little putter yesterday that I thought I had bleeding ulcers,” Trevino said. “My belly was burning up so much that I thought I had eaten some jalapeno peppers.

“Now I see why they want to make this one illegal. It’s like cheating. I swear to God. This is the easiest thing I’ve ever seen to putt with, is that belly putter.”

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Neil Sagebiel

1 thought on “Point/Counterpoint: Mediate and Trevino Dish on Long Putter”

  1. It's cheating as far as I am concerned.

    This should have been banned a long time ago.
    If you have an injury to ur back it's unfortunate,ur career is all but over in other sports.

    All players should have a putter of the same length.

    The equipment should be uniform not subjected to the players delight.You don't see players at the plate in baseball with a 5ft bat.They are all basically of the same length save for 2 inches longer in some cases.

    This should not even be an issue.It should have been banned a long time agao but it's never too late to do the "RIGHT THING".

    haBan the damn thing already.


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