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Gone belly up: Phil goes away from belly putter

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Frustrated with his putting at the end of 2011, Phil Mickelson turned to the belly putter which helped mentee Keegan Bradley win the PGA Championship. The experiment, however, did not last long.

Now back with his familiar blade putter in 2012, Mickelson realizes the belly putter was an exercise in futility to gain a quick edge over his peers.

“I think there's no easy shortcut in putting. No matter what method you use, you still have to see the line and match it up with the proper speed. I think that for me I was looking for a shortcut with the belly putter,” he said Wednesday at the Farmers Insurance Open.

At 41, Mickelson has reverted back to what comes naturally.

“I found what was best was for me to go back to the way I putted growing up as a kid, with a blade style putter and an aggressiveness that I had at a younger age.”

Though he has changed drivers to the Callaway Razr Fit, the world No. 15 said the time for experimentation with the putter – and how he swings it  – has passed.

“My swing is what it is. My chipping is what it is, and so is my putting,” he said. “I'm done making changes to strokes. I'm done trying different putters. I have two putters that I'll use. It's one or the other.”