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Well, this is certainly one way to make sure you’re always perfectly aligned. 

A year on from the R&A and USGA introducing a new rule banning caddies from lining up their players when they’re about to putt, John Smoltz appears to have found an ingenious way to circumnavigate the issue.

Smoltz, a former American former baseball pitcher who played for 22 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1988 to 2009, is one of the celebrities taking part in this week’s LPGA event, the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.

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The 52-year-old won the celebrity division in last year’s event and, with a round to go, was in pole position to defend his title this year. 

However, it’s not the quality of Smoltz’ play that has got people talking. Instead, it’s his unique putter. 

The former Atlanta Braves man is using a using a Bloodline putter, which has a rather unusual feature – it’s self-standing.

Check out the footage below…

As you can see, the putter allows Smoltz to line-up as normal before letting go off the club and walking behind it to check that it is sitting square to his intended target.

And yes, it’s completely legal.

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According to the USGA, self-standing putters are allowed to be used to help players take a stance or to point out the line of play only when they are placed right next to the ball.

Question is: would you have the guts to take one out on your local course? Let us know your thoughts in our Comments section below.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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