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April 10, 2009

Sergio Garcia goes back to the belly putter

Posted at 3:07 PM by David Dusek | Categories: Putters, Sergio Garcia, TaylorMade

Sergio-garcia-putter AUGUSTA, Ga. — Sergio Garcia has gone back to using a belly putter this week. This time it's a TaylorMade Rossa Monza Spider.

Garcia nearly won his first major championship using a TaylorMade Rossa Corzina belly putter at Carnoustie in 2007. Even though his ball lipped out on the 72nd hole, forcing a playoff that he eventually lost to Padraig Harrington, Garcia putted well that week and many people suspected he might stick with the belly putter.

Ten months later in Ponte Vedra, Fla., the belly putter was gone, replaced by a standard length Scotty Cameron Newport blade. Garcia used that putter to win the Players Championship.

As we reported, Garcia pulled the Cameron putter out of his bag late last season in favor of a putter that he helped to design with Kia Ma, TaylorMade's putter guru.

While the Spider is a high-MOI mallet, it is designed to be swung on the same inside-square-inside arc as Garcia's blade putter. The advantage of a belly putter is it helps players release the putter head more easily, which produces a smoother roll.

On Thursday at the Masters, Garcia needed 29 putts during his opening round and shot a 1-over 73.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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