May 14 2013
By Jonathan Wall, Equipment Insider
IRVING, Texas — Despite having only posted posted only one sub-70 round in competition since he switched to TaylorMade's Ghost Spider S belly putter, Padraig Harrington said he has no plans to go back to a conventional-length model anytime soon.
Harrington changed putters at the Wells Fargo Championship and opened with an 8-over 80 in the first round and promptly missed the cut. He followed the rough week up with a T75 at THE PLAYERS.
"I had no three-putts last week," Harrington said. "In my own stats, I only missed two putts under 8 feet which would be an all-time record, so it's still in the bag. And that was on tough greens last week. I would be happy if I putted like that all the time."
Looking for a something that would improve his putting stats -- he's currently ranked 123rd (-.123) on the PGA TOUR in Strokes Gained-Putting and 131st in putts made from inside five feet -- Harrington decided to give the belly putter a try.
“The R&A and USGA support the rules of golf and (anchoring) is well within the rules,” Harrington said at the Wells Fargo Championship. “I think (anchoring) is bad for the game of golf. But if something’s going to help me for the next three and a half years, I’m going to use it."
Like most putters, Harrington said the belly model has taken some getting used to -- especially on tap-in putts.
"I nearly dropped [the putter] on the ball at one stage last week because I'm not used to handling the putter and things like that. You're still not quite sure when you go to tap in a putt even from 18 inches when you're leaning in you just go and do it normally or as a belly putter, the familiarity is an issue."