Scotty Cameron putters are used by many of the game's best players, and they are also hoarded by collectors. An eBay search will bring up lots of models that go for thousands of dollars.
But if you're in the market for a new Scotty Cameron putter that won't dent your kids' college fund, you may be in luck. Titleist has just released the new Studio Select line. These Newport-style putters are milled from stainless steel for a soft feel and have circular weights in the heel and toe to make them more forgiving on off-center hits. The new Newport, Newport 1.5, Newport 2 and Newport 2 Mid Slant are all available in 33-, 34- and 35-inch lengths.
The head shapes of all four putters are similar, but three neck configurations are available -- plumbing, short flair and mid slant. Each putter's lie angle can be adjusted two degrees above or below the standard 71 degrees, and further customization is available through Scotty's Custom Shop.
In a press release, Scotty Cameron says, "Different golfers require putters of different lengths, weights, body and neck configurations. However, most putter heads are only weighted for 35-inch shafts and therefore, are much too light for shorter lengths, or too heavy for longer lengths. Too often the same heads are placed in shafts of all lengths. The result is the golfer having to hit at the ball instead of being able to stroke the ball, and that creates distance control problems. The Studio Select putter line delivers a wide range of specifications and options, designed to accommodate a wider range of golfer requirements."
Left-handed Newport 2s are available in all three lengths.
D. J. Trahan used a Newport 2 Studio Select to win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and led the field in putting for the week.
Cameron Crazies will have to wait until March 15 to get one of the new Studio Select putters, which will have a suggested retail price of $325.