DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (10.5°) with a Motore F1 2.0 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade R9 (15°, 19°) with an Aldila RIP 90X shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred Forged MB (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP w/xFT (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 prototype
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP
Category: Scotty Cameron
DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (10.5°) with a Motore F1 2.0 shaft
DRIVER: Titleist 910D2 (9.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana 'ahina 60 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 910F (13.5°) with Mitsubishi I'ilima 80 X shaft, (18°) with Grafalloy Prolite shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 910H (21°) with Project X Hybrid shaft
IRONS: TItleist 710 AP2 (4-PW) with Project X 6.5 Flighted shafts
WEDGES: Vokey Design Spin Milled (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner shafts
BALL: Titelist Pro V1
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron GSS Circa 62 No. 6 prototype
Several golfers who use Scotty Cameron putters were presented this week with a headcover that commemorates the 2011 PGA Champiosnhip. With the event being played at the Atlanta Athletic Club, the them of Midnight Train to Georgia seems appropriate.
DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (9.5°) with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910Fd (15°) with Fujikura Rombax P95 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 910H (21°) with UST Proforce V2 104 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 710 MB (3-9) with KBS Tour shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (48°, 54°, 60°) with KBS Tour shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Kombi long
BALL: Titleist Pro V1
DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9°) with Matrix OZIK HD7 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner TP (15°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 83X shaft; r7 TP (17.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 83X shaft
HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue TP (21°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki AXH 500 shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred Forged MB (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP w/xFT (52°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Select Fastback
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP
For every major championship, Scotty Cameron creates a commemorative putter headcover and gives one to select Titleist staff players. Here at Royal St. George's, Gary Woodland, Dustin Johnson and Geoff Ogilvy have already starting using it.
SANDWICH, England -- Last May, Darren Clarke used an 11-year-old Scotty Cameron for Titleist Teryllium Santa Fe putter to win the Iberdrola Open Golf Championship in Son Servera, Spain. It was the Northern Irishman's first win since 2008. Clarke brought the putter to Royal St. George's this week so Titleist representatives could send it to Cameron's studio in San Marcos, Calif., to be restored. Rust will be removed and the club will be repainted and bent back to its original specifications.
While Clarke continued to use the putter for a while after his win in Spain, he now plans to retire the Santa Fe to his home trophy case, according to the Titleist reps. He’s now using a black-finished Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport prototype putter.
Clarke says that Scotty Cameron gave him the Santa Fe putter at 4 p.m. on the Monday of the 1997 Open Championship at Royal Troon. He loved it from the start and stayed on the practice green until 8 p.m. that night, and he went on to tie for second that week.
Clarke continued to use the putter after that Open, but eventually the love affair cooled and he put it in the closest. It stayed there until Clarke brought it out in the days leading up to this year’s win in Spain.
The putter is especially unique because it is one of the first Cameron putters made with a Teryllium insert. The copper-colored alloy is extremely soft and extremely expensive. The Teryllium insert Cameron subsequently used is set in an elastomer membrane to dampen vibration. But in Clarke’s putter, the insert is set directly into the head and held in place by four small screws. You can see them in the photo below, set among the white dots in the back of the putter. (The screws would normally be covered by white dots as well.) On early Cameron putters like this, the number of white dots matched Cameron's age when the club was made, in this case, 32.
If you want to see what Clarke's putter will look like when the restoration is complete, click here.
DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (10.5°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI7 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910F (15°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 93 shafts
HYBRID: Titleist 910H (21°) with an Aldila Voodoo XVS9 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 712 AP2 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54°), TVD (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Select Fastback
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
(Photo by Howard Smith/U.S. Presswire)
President Barack Obama met earlier this week with United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson. In addition to inviting the commander in chief to attend the Ryder Cup next year at Medinah, Love gave the President a uniquely stamped Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter.
Mickelson gave President Obama, who is a fellow left-hander, three Callaway X Forged wedges and a 9.5° Callaway Diablo Octane driver. Each of the wedges (a 56°, 60° and 64°) was made by Roger Cleveland personally and was stamped PREZ "44" on the back. Cleveland jokingly said, "I weighted them so they wouldn't go any further left."
Watson presented President Obama with an exact replica of his driver, a Ping G15 (7.5°) with a Grafalloy Bi-Matrix shaft. Maybe Obama will use the clubs when he plays Saturday with Republican House Speaker John Boehner.
Here is a look at the commemorative U.S. Open putterhead cover, designed by Scotty Cameron, that you'll see many players use at Congressional.
A nondescript office building in San Marcos, Calif., serves as the home of the Scotty Cameron Studio. It is filled with the stuff you'd expect to find, like putters, high-speed cameras and accessories. But there are also surfboards, T-shirts, blowtorches, original pieces of art on the walls and old bicycles, which have been sculpted into rocking horses by Cameron himself. The place blends California surf culture, rock 'n roll, a '50s auto repair shop and high-tech golf into a mecca for tour pros who make regular pilgrimages to see the putter guru.
After Cameron gave me a tour of his facility and showed me stuff that would make "Cameron Crazies" drool, we talked about putters, how materials and looks influence your stroke, and more.
Talk about some of the new putters for 2011.
We have the new Laguna (right) that was just introduced, and we have the new Hollywood, and for the end of 2011 we have a new My Girl, which is a limited run of what I believe will be 1,500 pieces. That one will be bubble gum pink, made out of the single billet with the cotton candy pink insert. That's brand-new. We have another one called the Casanova, which will be out in the beginning of January  or the end of December  which is a classic, elegant putter added to the California line.
In 2011 we're going to try to feel where the vibe is—what's being used, what finishes are being liked, what colors are being noticed, what grips are being felt. We'll take ideas that we started with in early 2011 and create products for the end of the tour season and into 2012.
When you say things are getting "noticed" and "felt," does that mean on the PGA Tour or in local pro shops?
The tour and in the collectors' world. We combine the two because the tour guys may like something different than the collectors—the hardcore Cameron collector guys who are really into it. What catches their eyes, or catches a tour pro's eyes, could be two separate things. It could be that the tour pro may not like the leather grip; he likes the Winn grip that we're doing now with the heavy texture. So we're trying to get both angles and put them into the line for late 2011.
Do your putter designs come organically or do you simply make changes and adjustments to existing models?
Concepts and ideas—whether it is a completely new mallet or a completely new Newport—go from wild back to mild. We take prototypes to the tour and then to the collectors. We take what we learn from them and then put it into the product line for Titleist. That normally takes about a year after the prototype before the tour and the collectors are made.
How closely do you watch putter trends on tour and in the retail market, and how does that influence what you create?
I try to be the trendsetter, and hopefully others follow, but I watch trends. Whether it's high-tech stuff, mallets or classic blades, I try to get a feel for where the market is going. I try to guess about three years in advance.
Titleist and Scotty Cameron are the trendsetters of the futuristic type putters. We definitely set the trends, but there are so many bizarre and weird designs out now that we have kind of taken it back to the best of the Futura—wings, heel and toe weight, back weight—and softened the look into the Kombi mallets.
So we have our mallets, we have our blades, and we have our classics in the California series. I watch the reports of what is being used on tour each week and we are about 45%, on average, each week. I watch what pros are asking for, and what they're using, and what's selling in the marketplace and pro shops. So we combine all that and try to stay ahead of the game, not follow the game.
You've got chrome-colored putters, dark-finished putters, and gold-colored putters, but there are putters out there that are white and black too. Are tour pros more open to different colors and shapes these days, or do you think some ideas are simply fads?
Good ideas seem to come back around, like the white putter, which is nothing new. The White Fang Jack Nicklaus used was really a Bull's-Eye back in that day with the fang on the back [Nicklaus won the 1967 U.S. Open with that putter]. These ideas come around. I've done red putters with the Caliente. In my experience there are three colors that sell—not that you can't get far-fetched—but there is black, there is silver, and there is gold.
Adjustability has entered the world of drivers and woods. There are also adjustable putters. Do you see adjustability being the future of putters?
We know what we need to do in order to get performance. What is performance? The ball being the most efficient when it leaves the putter face.
If a guy likes a heavy putter, you don't want to cross the line because weight affects rhythm and timing. If you start experimenting with length and head weight, now you have to be concerned with shaft flex. In a putter? Absolutely, it can become soft and noodley.
Our goal at the end of the day is to make putters that are the most efficient instruments possible and that get the ball in the hole in the most efficient way.
How can the average guy find the best putter to suit his game?
You know, we found that it comes down to simplifying your set up. Setting up better helps your backstroke, and a better backstroke helps your forward stroke because you don't have to manipulate the putter. So how a putter sets up, helps you get proper alignment, and how it looks are all important.
Some people may say they don't care about the looks of a putter as long as the ball goes in the hole. The fact is that the look of the putter helps your setup, and your setup helps your backstroke, which in turn helps to get the ball in the hole. So looks are huge.
Sound is huge too. If a putter has a ping to it or a ding to it, to me that sounds hollow ... but some guys like that.
If the putter is too long, you stand too far back from the ball and the toe goes up. Too short and you get too close to the ball and your eyes get past the point and outside the target line.
So really what you're saying is that the best putters position your body to make a better stroke.
Right. We know there is a proper loft at impact, and that is 4° when the shaft is at 90° [straight up and down]. So if you set up with a forward press, we know we are going to have to add a little more loft. It is very tough for the human eye to see the difference between what happens at 3° and 4° and 5° of loft. That's why we use high-speed cameras here in the studio. With our adjustable weights and inserts, or putters with no insert, we can go work though weight, length, feel, and sound and have players walk out of here knowing what's right.
What's your feeling about inserts? Most of your putters don't have one.
I like inserts. Performance wise, we've found that the ball is not really affected by inserts, but sound and feel are a different story. If we are looking to design a softer putter, we can add an insert. Or we can design the putter in the way so the face becomes thicker; the thicker the face, the thinner and less hollow cavity behind it, and the more solid it feels.
It also comes down to the golf ball you play. The golf ball you play and the putter you use make a difference, but there is not a right or wrong here—it's what you expect to hear.
Has there ever been a putter that you wouldn't use yourself, but that was successful in the marketplace?
Yes, Futura. (right) That was a weighting experiment—completely built for performance. Forget about the looks; performance-wise it may be the best we've ever made. Look-wise, absolutely not my cup of tea.
The Kombi has taken a lot of the key things from the Futura, which was a little hollow sounding. Some people loved it, but the sound was not my cup of tea either. So we took the best of that world and put it into the Kombi—the horseshoe weight, the heel and toe weight—and thickened up the top line to improve the sound. So that was kind of learning from the past and putting into the new.
The commemorative putter headcover shown below celebrates the Masters and will be available to Club Cameron members for $116 starting very soon. A representitive for Scotty Cameron couldn't confirm an exact time, but said it would likely appear in the next 24 hours.
At the last tournament Tiger Woods played across the pond, the 2010 British Open, he surprised a lot of golf fans by using a Nike Method 001 putter instead of the trusty Scotty Cameron he'd used to win 13 of his major championships. Woods explained that he'd always had trouble putting on slow greens, and he felt that the Nike putter would help him handle to greens at St. Andrews more effectively.
The experiment lasted three days, and Woods switched back to the Scotty Cameron putter for the final round.
This week at Celtic Manor, as he and his teammates prepare to defend the Ryder Cup, Woods has been spotted not only using his heel-toe weighted Scotty Cameron putter (left in photo), but also a Nike Method 003 putter, a mid-size mallet (right in photo).
We'll have to wait and see which putter makes its way into Woods's bag on Friday.
(Photos: Jon Super/AP Photos)
In 2009, at the PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club, Scotty Cameron walked me through the newest line of putters he'd created, the California Series. The four putters—the Monterey, Del Mar, Sonoma and Coronado—all feature a unique gold-hued finished that Cameron called "honey dipped."
When I first saw the dark, circular area on the sole, I thought the finish on the bottom of the putters had been damaged by a sticker. It occurred to me later than the circle is actually a sun, setting into the Pacific with a white seagull flying past. Now you know why I didn't do well in Art Appreciation in college.
A fifth putter has now been added to the California Series, the Hollywood, which you can see below.
Anther heel-toe weighted blade design with a high toe profile, the Hollywood looks similar to the Monterey, but the back flange flows smoothly down and away from the topline instead of going back in steps. The neck is also round and goes directly into the shaft, like the Coronado's.
The Hollywood features the same 303 Stainless Steel head and gold finish other California putters have, as well as the sole weights that allow Titleist to customize the swing weight based on the club's length.
The Hollywood, which should retail for about $300 in pro shops, will come standard with a single sight line, 3/4 shaft-width of offset, 71° lie angle and 4° of loft.
Editors' Note: At his press conference on Tuesday, Woods said that he had not changed putter grips Monday, as we reported earlier today. He said that his caddie, Steve Williams, accidentally put a training putter in the bag for Monday's practice round. Both the putter and the grip were different from the Scotty Cameron he uses in tournaments.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Tiger Woods, who took 128 putts in four rounds last week en route to a tie for 78th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, missed out on some much-needed practice with his tournament putter on Monday.
His caddie, Steve Williams, accidentally put a training putter in the bag for Monday's round. Woods said they were "too lazy" to go back and get the Scotty Cameron model that he usually uses in tournaments.
In the photos below, Woods is shown during Monday's practice round at Whistling Straits, left, and during Sunday's final round at the Bridgestone.
His normal putter, with the black Ping grip, was back in the bag on Tuesday.
(Photos: top left, John Biever/SI; Carlos M. Saavedra/SI; Below: Charlie Neibergall/AP)