The demand for belly putters caused by the number of PGA Tour players winning with them has created a dilemma: One size does not fit all.
Of course, the same holds for regular putters, too, but the disparity in ideal length is substantially greater in a belly putter. Ping has cleverly addressed this issue with its introduction of an adjustable putter shaft on its Nome 405 putter.
The length of the putter can be adjusted telescopically from 37 1/2 to 46 1/2 inches. Standard length for a belly putter has been 42 inches. In addition, three different bends are available to accomodate straight, slight arc and strong arc putting strokes in accordance with Ping's Fit for Stroke putter-fitting system.
The length of the putter can be adjusted with a tool that "threads into a locking ring on the shaft," the company said. The ring is loosened with the tool, enabling the shaft to slide to the required length.
Two different materials are used on the shaft: steel on its lower portion and graphite beneath the standard Winn AVS 21-inch belly grip. The lie of the putter can be adjusted plus or minus two degrees from standard.
The Nome 405 with the adjustable shaft will be available May 1 and will retail for $320.
-- John Strege