I have the choice of a Ping "long" putter (broomstick) with a two piece grip, or a Manta belly putter with a one piece grip. I'm 5'11, which putter would you guys recomend getting?
Belly putter or Long putter?
I just started using a Ping broomstick this season (due to back problems) and love it. I am making more putts consistently. The belly-putter didin't feel as stable for me, but that's just my 2 cents.
The most difficult thing I found with the broomstick was developing a smooth swing that really worked for me. I didn't like the Keegan Bradley setup but like the grip - pencil grip, I think they call it.
I am a belly convert and found that I pretty much use the same set-up and grip (left hand low) as I did with conventional putting. The stroke is more stable and not that much different than normal so it only took me a month to really adapt. The broomstick may have a slightly larger learning curve. It really comes down to which one works better for you. With the belly, I have taken an average of almost 2 putts off my average (over 15 rounds) so I know it has helped especially from 7-15 feet. My belly had a 2 piece grip but I changed it out for the Winn blue belly grip.
You could get the long putter, try it and see if you like it. If you don't, you could cut down the shaft to your belly length and re-grip it.
I was in the same predicament as you: I didn't know if I wanted belly or long. I couldn't find a belly or long putter at a local shop that was long enough for me (I'm 6'3" and stand pretty upright; 42" is too short for a belly and 48" is too short for a long putter). So I ordered components and built my own. I bought a long putter shaft, cut it to the right length, and it felt awkward to me. So I chopped the shaft down a few inches to make a belly putter, and couldn't be happier with the result.