2012 Scotty Cameron Select Putters

June 18, 2012

From GOLF Magazine ClubTest 2012 (June, 2012)

Newport 2
Price: $350
Category: Blade Putters
WE TESTED: 34”, 35” shaft length
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The head is CNC-milled from 303-stainless steel for soft feel. The “Select” weighting system provides balance and stability. A rich, glare-free finish gives it a modern look.

OUR TESTERS SAY: The top-rated putter in its category. Adjustable heel-toe weights dial in performance traits.

DISTANCE CONTROL: Top-shelf control from long distances or close range; heel-toe weights help to minimize twisting and preserve distance; roll is very easy to control on fast greens.
FEEL: Feedback to spare—the putter lets you know immediately if you’ve struck the ball well or not; sweet-spot contact gives off a soft, insert-like feel, but with the “click” sound of metal; long grip allows players to choke down without grabbing the shaft; effortless to use.
LOOK: Gorgeous black matte finish reduces glare and contrasts nicely against the white ball; it features clean lines plus Cameron’s signature red dots, which are well hidden behind the face.

A few testers prefer the sight line to be painted white to stand out more from the dark head; toe hits struggle to reach the mark for a small minority of guys.

Price: $350
Category: High-MOI Mallet Putters
WE TESTED: 34”, 35” shaft length
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The Select GoLo (it replaces the Studio Select Kombi) has a soft, precision-milled 303-stainless steel head. It boasts solid feel and sound due to a thick face and topline, deep mill marks, and an aluminum soleplate with internal rubber ring. Comes with a single bend shaft or straight shaft (in GoLo S).

OUR TESTERS SAY: The top-rated putter tested. Best in class in all categories.

DISTANCE CONTROL: Clubhead imparts a lot of energy into the ball and requires little effort to hit a long way; heel and toe putts roll out with the same accuracy as well-struck putts.
FEEL: Pure, almost weightless sensation on best hits; heavy head is easy to feel throughout the stroke and provides stability on toe and heel misses.
LOOK: Classic, upscale appearance— high-tech weighting and ruby red accents are well hidden on the sole and behind the face; very subtle lines, not so in-your-face.

Doesn’t offer dummy-proof alignment aids that many others provide; a few mid- and high handicappers don’t find it quite as forgiving of mis-hits

From GOLF.com (March 19, 2012)
It used to be that half the fun of dropping $375 on a putter, which is the suggested retail price for each of the new Scotty Cameron Select putters, was knowing that other golfers are going to notice it. But with their black matte finish, Scotty Cameron’s new Select putters resist reflecting light, creating glare, and the attention of your playing partners.
Like many previous Cameron putters, the latest models are milled from 303 stainless steel, except for the large-mallet Big Sur putters, which are milled from aluminum. The non-adjustable weights on the sole in the heel and toe areas are still there, as are the three red dots positioned on the back of the clubs.
Those dots, which are purely cosmetic, will let people know from a distance that you're using a putter designed by the same man who makes clubs for Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Nick Watney and a host of other PGA Tour stars.
The faces of the Select putters, like those of the recently updated California series, are now more deeply milled, creating circular ridges that Cameron says soften feel and produce a lower-pitched sound at impact.
The five blade-style putters twill look familiar to almost every golfer. The Newport and Newport 2 are traditional heel-toe weighted blades, as is the Newport 1.5, which has the same head design but a curved neck and hosel area. The shaft of the Newport 2.6 goes straight into the central area of the putter's topline, while the back flange of the Notchbach extends slightly in the heel and toe areas.
The Kombi and Kombi Mid putters have been discontinued, replaced by the slightly asymmetrical GoLo and GoLo Mid mid-size mallets. The GoLo has a single shaft bend, but a straight-shaft version, the GoLo S, is also available.
All of these mid-size mallets are designed to enhance an arc-style putting stroke and come in standard lengths (33-35"). However, there are also 43" versions, as well as 40-52" GoLo Mid, GoLo S and Newport Two Mid putters available through custom ordering for players.
The Big Sur and Big Sur S mallets feature a stainless steel weight bar in the sole that Titleist says improves balance and feel.  The standard Big Sur is 49” with a lie angle of 79°, but through custom ordering you can get one between 46-52”.
Look for the new Scotty Cameron Select putters to start arriving in pro shops in early April, with the mid- and extended-length models coming in May.