Belly putters are the rage these days. I tried the belly thing. Didn’t work for me. I don’t need to use a belly because I’m a decent with a traditional 34″ putter. No yips or gags, just yet.
In the movie Seven Days In Utopia (and the book Golf’s Sacred Journey) we were introduced to Face-On putting. This is a style where the player stands facing the hole and the long putter is anchored near the chest and shoulders. The head of the putter is to the side of the player’s body. Today we are going to take a look at the Face On putter putter made by PR Dionne Inc.
The Face On putter is designed to be by the player’s side. The stroke is sort of a push, like one is rolling a skee-ball.
The lie angle, face angle and shaft length are all built for the side setup, so this putter would not work well as a traditional long putter or belly. There are varying lengths of the putter based on the height of the player, 11 to be exact. The shortest is 43 inches for players just below five feet tall, and the longest is 53 inches for players 6’7″ and taller. I used the 48″ model.
The head of the putter is fairly narrow, with the shaft mounted in the center.
The face is milled with a pattern to help the ball roll and prevent skidding. Picture below:
As a fun, or funny extra, the back of the head is designed for perimeter weighting but also serves as a scoop to pick up the ball! Picture below:
On The Course
I’ve had this putter for a long while, and thanks to PR Dionne for their patience in waiting for my review. It is tough for me to review putters, especially models which require a style or setup change. I don’t want to introduce anything that can mess up my normal game, especially during the meat of the tournament and competitive (betting) season.
The long and short of it for me is that this style is not for me. I have far less accuracy with this putting style. Distance control isn’t bad, but I can’t seem to get the ball started on the line I’m hoping for. That doesn’t mean that other players will have the same issue. Watching Patrice Dionne putt with this thing is pretty awesome. He makes them over and over. See the video below:
This putter is approved and legal according to the United States Golf Association (USGA).
If you are looking for a new way to putt which might counteract the yips, perhaps the Face On putter is a good option. Not for me, but I can appreciate that this may help other putters. PR Dionne Inc. offers a money back guarantee so if you are tempted to try it, there’s little risk in paying the $179.99 and seeing if this is for you.