Belly-putter decision 'should be made soon' Fri, 22 Jun 2012 03:13 PM The use of the belly-putter in golf is one that has been shrouded in controversy for many years, with some professionals claiming it provides an unfair advantage on the green. Major champions Tiger Woods and Ernie Els have previously called for the clubs to be banned, which has added fuel to the debate, as it provides an "anchor" for the putter against the stomach. And now, presenter of BBC's the Golf Show Graham Spiers has called for golf's governing body the R&A to make a decision on the matter sooner rather than later. In a column on the news provider's website, Mr Spiers said the group could risk making a "novelty" club - which is considered a gimmick by others - appear normal. His comments were made after he interviewed Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, for the Golf Show on Radio Scotland, who claimed "intense discussions" are currently taking place regarding the matter.