Last Updated: September 20, 2020
Telescopic Long Putters
by Steve Divnick, Inventor of the Whole-In-One Telescopic Adjustable Golf Club
Long putters are also referred to as "Chest Putters" and "Broomstick Putters"
(If you are looking for our traditional length telescopic putters, click here.)
Chest putters have a lot of advantages. They putt straighter. They overcome the yips. They eliminate scuffing the ground. They lower scores.
With the top of the shaft pinned against your chest, the resulting pendulum motion is straight back and through resulting in more consistent scoring.
After many years of popularity, they became the focus of controversy and finally a USGA and R&A ruling that you can no longer anchor the shaft against your body. To be clear, that only applies to official governed tournaments. Most casual tournaments such as fund-raising events do not enforce the USGA and R&A Rules. And many golfers prefer the chest putter because it is easier on their back. So many golfers continue to use and anchor long chest putters and they are not bound by the official tournament Rules.
However, if you play by the Rules of Golf and want to use a chest putter, your top hand can no longer be anchored to your chest. Many golfers are adapting without anchoring their top hand as Bernard Langer has done so successfully on the Senior Tour.
The death of the long putter? Not so fast!
Golf industry experts predicted that long chest putters would cease to exist when the USGA stopped allowing anchoring the club. But they were wrong. To be sure, name-brand manufacturers have stopped making them. But we haven't. Not only because there are still a lot of golfers who want them, but because our telescopic shafts make them easy to travel with....something that was always a problem for one-piece chest putters.
Not long after the non-anchoring rule went into effect, the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee acknowledge that the long putter wasn’t dead yet. He included stats that two players on the Champion’s Tour using long putters are numbers 1 and 2 in fewest putting strokes. But more than that, Bernhard Langer is putting better than anyone ever has…including Tiger Woods in his best year, Jordan Spieth in his best year, and Justin Thomas in his best year.
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So we don’t have to give up our long putters. We just have to learn to putt without anchoring the top hand like Langer does. It still has the advantage of a smooth, steady stroke, no wrists, a heavy head, better alignment sight lines, and it overcomes shaky nerves that seem to increase with age.
The following video is a great explanation of the advantages of using long putters without anchoring them.
With the more upright lie angle of long putters (79 degrees vs 72 degrees for traditional putters), your eyes are more over the top of the putter. So it is very easy to see that the head is lined up with the putting line, and it stays aligned throughout the swing with less of an arc than traditional-length putters..
With all the popularity of long putters, the big-name manufacturers were never able to solve a big disadvantage: They are difficult to travel with because they don't fit into a travel golf bag. Our proprietary telescopic shafts solve that problem.
Telescopic Technology to the Rescue
With a telescopic shaft, there is no need to avoid a chest putter or to sacrifice the ideal length because you can't fit it into your travel bag. We have solved that problem with the same proprietary telescopic shaft technology we use for our other telescopic clubs. Our shafts are rock-solid when extended. In fact, on robot testing with our full-swing clubs, they perform the same as one-piece shafts. Even though putting is less stressful on the shaft, it is critical that there be absolutely no movement in the shaft in order to produce perfect straight putts. Our shafts meet that demand.
We can make shafts up to 60 inches long. The most common length is 50 inches which collapses down to 30 inches for travel. We use the 500 gram Heavy Head with great sight lines and the ability to scoop the ball up off the grass. We modify it from the 72-degree lie angle used for the standard-length putter stance, to 79-degrees for long chest putters. All the name-brand and component manufacturers stopped making chest putter heads when the anchoring ban went into effect. But we have solved that issue.
Custom Shafts on Your Head
If you already have a chest putter and like how it feels but you can't travel with it, if it uses a straight shaft,* we can make a telescopic shaft for it. If you send us the head, the cost of making the telescopic shaft is the same as the normal cost of the chest putters because it will require a little more shop time since we can't use our standard cutting jigs. As described on our "Custom Club" page, if you want us to remove your head, there is a $15 cost assuming it is an epoxy-fitted shaft as are most clubs. If your head is a PING which uses a frozen ball-bearing to secure it to the head, there are additional charges and implications. Please ask us about that before you submit your order. If requested , we will sell the shaft and collapsing cap for you to install on your head, but it is not less expensive than a complete club. Please inquire here about self-install shaft options.
Telescopic shafts must be straight. But many modern putters have curved shafts to create offset alignment. We have an option for those that is not telescopic, but is a two-piece shaft with a threaded coupling. Click here to read more about that option.
We install deluxe Tackimac 2-Piece Grips on our chest putters. Tackimac grips have a great feel. They "tack up" when washed. Note that the two sections are separated more than in this picture. We place the middle of the lower grip 19 inches from the end unless you specify a different location in the Comment Box during checkout. For your reference, the top grip is 5 1/4" long and bottom section is 10 1/4" long.
We also offer faux leather padded magnetic-closure head covers as a $15 option. Not everyone wants head covers for their putters. But the benefit of covering the chest putter head is not so much to protect it because it is very durable. Rather, it is to protect your driver and other painted heads because the putter head will be “above” them in the bag and it is easy to bang them together every time you pull them in and out of your bag. These quick-closure head covers are high quality and offer great protection. You will have the option of including one when you place your online chest putter order.
As with all our clubs, we guarantee your satisfaction or your money back. FOR LIFE! Our telescopic shafts will NEVER wear out or become loose.
Phone: 1-937-985-5863 (Eastern USA, 9 am to 9 pm)
The normal MSRP is $299 with a telescopic shaft and black Tacki-Mac grip. If ordered before the end of September, your cost is just $249.
Phone: 1-937-985-5863 (Eastern USA, 9 am to 9 pm)
*There is an additional $20 cost for chest putter lengths from 51 to 54 inches, and $40 for 55 and 56 inches (139.7 and 142 cms) if you are the center for an NBA team! The 55 and 56 inch options require an additional shaft section, and a thin joint is visible between the 2-piece grips. This is a minor cosmetic issue, barely noticeable even if you are looking for it.
All measurements include the head. So the final club length is measured from the floor in the address position, to the end of the grip.
When collapsed, a telescopic 50 inch chest putter is about 36 inches long (91.4 cm) which easily fits into a travel golf bag when collapsed. Even the longest 56 inch option collapses to 41 inches which still fits in any travel golf bag. See the Two-Piece Threaded Coupling Shaft Option below.
Two-Piece Threaded Coupling Shaft Option
If you want to be able to put your chest putter into a roller bag along with your other telescopic clubs, the standard telescopic option won't work because it only collapses down to about 36 inches (91.4 cm). We can machine a custom threaded coupling so, when separated (unscrewed) it is 1/2 inch longer than half the full length. For instance, a 50-inch chest putter can be separated into two sections that are 25.5 inches (64.77 cm). Click here to read more about that option.
What is the ideal length for your chest putter? How do you measure for a chest putter? The following section provides more details about how you can determine the ideal length.
Hand Positions and Ideal Length for a Chest Putter
As you can see from the pictures below, there are quite a few different ways to hold a chest putter. It becomes a matter of comfort and preference. Adam Scott, one of the top players in the PGA has a very high top hand position and leans over quite a bit. Others have a more upright stance and their top hand is in the middle of their chest.
Your preference of top-hand position will be related to the length of the club. The longer the club, the higher the top hand position.
Having said that, the key element is that the top hand is anchored against the chest, so the hand position and related length is not as critical as you might think. At the very least, a couple inches up or down doesn't seem to make that much difference for most players. In large part, comfort depends on how you get started.
If you don't already have experience and comfort with a given length and upper hand position, I suggest a position where your forearm is somewhat parallel to the ground. It is more relaxed with less tension which is beneficial to a good putting stroke.
See the length section below for more about how to decide on your preferred length.
The lower hand grip is completely one of personal preference. I like the grip shown in the first picture. It is more relaxed for me. But I have friends who putt using the other two methods which work great for them. Once you get your putter, you can experiment with each of the grip styles to find your most comfortable.
Top Arm High
Pen, Paintbrush, or Claw Grip Style
Top Arm Parallel
Open Hand or Standard Grip Style
Top Arm Parallel
Split Finger Grip Style
Length: How do you measure for a chest putter?
Most chest putters are 46" to 52" (116.8 cm to 132 cm) . Chest putter lengths can vary quite a bit, and still be comfortable. Simply stated, a longer or shorter shaft will change the position of your top hand and forearm. But the top of the shaft will still be held against your body. In reality, an inch or two either way will work fine. So there is no need to worry too much about finding an "ideal" chest putter length.
I recommend the following method to measure the length that is right for you. A chest-putter stance is a little more upright than a conventional stance, so stand just a little bent over so your eyes are somewhat over a ball or just inside it (toward the side closest to your feet). With your left hand (presuming you are right-handed) next to or pressed against your chest and your left forearm comfortably level, have someone measure to the top of your left hand while holding your stance and add 1/2" to that number so a little bit of the grip extends above your hand. (For your reference, I am 6'2", and my chest putter is 48" long.)
If you think you will be more comfortable with a higher or lower hand position, you can measure the desired length the same way, to the top of your left hand in the position that you desire while in a putting stance.
If you want to experiment a little, you can tie or tape a broom handle or other similar pole to your conventional putter so that the end of the pole is at the desired length. A bungee cord tightly spiraled around the shaft and pole works great. This will allow you to experiment with your stance and hand position to determine a comfortable length by adjusting the stick up or down. Keep in mind that the head of your conventional putter is significantly lighter than the actual chest putter. So when you get your actual chest putter, you will notice that the heavier head has a fantastic feel. Also, the lie angle of a conventional putter is flatter than a chest putter, so while you are practicing with this extended stick method, you will notice that the toe is down and the heel is up. Of course, your chest putter head will be flat to the ground.