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Short demand for long putters as vote on ban nears

Every good golfer has a preshot routine. For Russ Lipinski, the first step has been the same on every green since 1999: pressing the handle of his putter against his abdomen. Anchoring the club to his torso, Lipinski believes, promotes steady, consistent strokes.

Despite years of success with a “belly” putter, Lipinski has been practicing lately with a shorter club that does not touch his body, and he has noticed fewer customers taking interest in long putters at Golfer’s Warehouse in Natick, where he is the PGA professional.

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