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Tour Sticks: Matt Kuchar’s Putter

Tour Sticks: Matt Kuchar’s Putter

Matt Kuchar is on a roll, having won the Memorial tournament as well as the recent Match Play Championship using the unorthodox “arm lock” putting method. With the announced upcoming ban on anchored putting—ie: the traditional belly putter method—the arm lock method is likely to become more mainstream as golfers seek out alternatives for stabilizing their stroke.

Matt Kuchar’s putter is a Bettinardi Signature 1 from Kuchar’s new namesake line from Bettinardi Golf. In keeping with the arm lock method, Kuchar doesn’t anchor his 44.75-inch putter to his torso, but rather to the inside of his leading arm.

The Matt Kuchar Signature 1 putter by Bettinardi is milled from soft carbon steel and finished with a pewter PFV coating. This blade’s wider profile, according to designer Robert Bettinardi, “gives you the impression of more mass behind the ball.” This visual sturdiness, combined with the arm-lock method, is sure to attract golfers seeking a safe haven from the anchored putting ban, which is set to take effect in 2016.

Who should use it: Golfers seeking an anchored alternative to the traditional belly putter.

About Sean Weir

Sean Weir is the founder and editor of PutterZone.com, and the author of Putter Perfection, the definitive guide to putter fitting. Profile: Google+

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