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Scotty Cameron to open a public putter studio

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Titleist putter maker Scotty Cameron will open a public putting studio in Encinitas, Calif., GolfWRX has learned.

For years, Cameron has had a private putter studio in nearby San Marcos that has functioned largely as a place for touring professionals to be custom fit for a Scotty Cameron putter. The intent of the public putting studio is largely the same, sources say, but it will offer putter-fitting services to the general public.

Cameron, 50, joined Titleist as a putter maker in 1994. Since that time, he has become the most prolific putter maker in golf, creating the putters that were used to win two out of the four major championships in 2013 (Adam Scott, The Masters; Jason Dufner, PGA Championship). Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have also used a Scotty Cameron putter in each of their combined 16 major championship victories.

Cameron’s retail line of putters fetch prices between $299 and $399 in the United States, making them some of the priciest in golf. But that’s nothing compared to the prices collectors assign to his “tour-only,” limited-edition and one-off putters, which can sell for as much as $20,000.

That fervor for Cameron’s products, which has held strong for more than a decade, is likely one of the driving forces behind the opening of the public putter studio, as many Cameron enthusiasts are willing to pay a premium for anything associated with the brand.

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Above: Scotty Cameron putters from the 2013 PGA Merchandise show at the “Table Rock” display. They sold out quickly, despite their four-to-five-figure price tags.

It is doubtful that the Cameron would decide to sell any of his most sought after tour-only, or “Circle T” putters through the public putter studio, as he has resisted selling any of those putters through retailers in the past. However, Cameron had successfully sold limited-edition merchandise such as apparel, ball markers, head covers and putter grips through his website for years, and it would make sense that those items would line the walls of a public putter studio.

Titleist is yet to make an announcement about the public putter fitting studio, which sources say is expected to open sometime in 2014.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Conrad

    Nov 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I sent my Putter to the Custom Shop and It came back the same length. Ie: only half the work was done. And when I asked them to remedy this and that I didnt want to send my putter off again they said no deal. I HAD TO send my putter back… Horrible customer service.

    • Nice

      Jan 22, 2015 at 2:13 am

      Did you want them to come to your house to fix it?

  2. Ponjo

    Nov 10, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Wonder if the UK will get a Scotty Studio. I won’t hold my breath for that 🙂

  3. Mike M

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I think is great, as a huge fan of scotty and somewhat of a collector, i think this is great for us fans to be fit by the best with the best. scotty fans will pay for anything to be in “THE HOUSE OF SCOTTY” hopefully open before february 2014 !

  4. j diz

    Nov 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    my putter is huge! i sink mad putts!

  5. chowchow

    Nov 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I listen to guys come in the shop WHINE about paying $299 for a putter, then turn around and drop $400 on a driver they hit crooked maybe 14 times around. If a guy shoots a stock 72 he will use the putter 36 times. Seems the $299 is better spent than on a $400 driver.

    Players pay for PUTTERS.. hacks waste big money on drivers.

    • Harry Dorton

      Nov 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Not a bigger waste of money anywhere then scotty cameron putters. Get a 30 year old anser it will do same thing.

  6. Michael Weill

    Nov 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Plenty of Newport 2 putters on ebay for around $229.

  7. Bill

    Nov 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Impossible to justify the price of a “custom” Scotty. Lord knows what he’ll charge for a visit to his “public studio”. And when you consider the skill level of 99% of the golfing public, they be just as well off with a TGW discounted Odyssey or PING putter for $79.00! As for the tour pros? Well they don’t pay for their custom Scotty’s (most pros have several) AND more importantly, PGA tour players could putt better with a shovel than literally all amateurs putting with a $5,000 Circle T Scotty.

    • chowchow

      Nov 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      you are wrong on Pros don’t pay. Might try asking some about those free $2500 plus putters. Pros go to the Studio and they PAY for the fitting. Very few get freebees. Been to the studio twice. It is a tech envolved session dialing in a putter. Pros know that the putter is where the bread is made. Not wasting money on drivers. That is the difference between PLAYERS and the HACKS that hangout on blogs whaaaababying about the price of a putter but turn around and drop $400 plus on a driver they can’t hit straight or out of their shadows

      • Conrad MacDonald

        Nov 7, 2013 at 6:14 pm

        Actually most touring pros do get free circle t’s. I know multiple players personally on the champions web.com and pga tour canada and they all get access to free circle t’s. Also you dont need to go in to get fitted you can send in a request for one with your resume to scotty and he will decide (maybe not him personally?) if you are to get one.

      • KK

        Nov 14, 2013 at 12:52 am

        chowchow, from reading some of your other posts, it sounds like you work at a golf course or at least at a retail shop….so do I. I’m a terrible golfer and I don’t pay for much of my equipment; clothes, clubs, shoes, hats, I couldn’t tell you the last time I paid for balls, pretty much whatever I need within reason. It’s one of the many great things about working in the golf industry. Maybe you have inside information on tour players and what they pay for, but if I’m getting free stuff, I highly doubt Adam Scott or Jason Dufner asks Scotty Cameron for a putter and he says: “OK, here’s your custom putter, that will be $300.00.”

  8. Anthony Maccioli

    Nov 6, 2013 at 9:28 am

    So if it only the retail Scotty putters, what good will that do someone? They will find a putter for them but since they are so expensive will not be able to buy them. How bout making a putter more in the normal person’s price range instead of opening a new store?

    • Regular people buy Scotty's....

      Nov 6, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      How bout I’ll take the oppurtunity to get fitted by Scotty’s trained peeps, which have one how many? Or I should say who doesn’t win with a Scotty? PGA, LPGA, Senior, amateur, etc….the numbers speak for themselves…just like titleist has the monopoly of wins with balls. It’s on a smaller scale, but prov’s are pricey and no ones complaining, just as I’ve never heard someone say “this Scotty is garbage”…give me a rossa. May not be the right arrow for the scotty hater Indian, but can’t deny the quality of his work. So I’m unsure what a “normal person’s” putter price is, but I’ve got every bit of enjoyment outta of the Scotty’s I’ve played, and that’s fine as well if you wanna get kicked in your 2-balls leaving one short playing the minority of putters cause u wanted to save a few bucks to buy that disposable driver you change every six months, rather then spending on your moneymaker that will stick with you for a lifetime, or until you buy another Scotty:) Cheers!

  9. Mikey

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    How about an east coast location? Oh well, I needed a reason to visit Cali anyway!

  10. Johnny

    Nov 5, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I’m hurtin’ for a squirtin’ from Cameron…

  11. Josh

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:24 am

    the last push to squeeze every dollar out of the Cameron crazies…

  12. Billy

    Nov 5, 2013 at 12:07 am

    How much for a newport 2? Yay.

  13. bill

    Nov 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I can only imagine the lines to get in that joint. It’ll be worse than the retail crawl at the Camarillo Coach Outlet Store that my wife subjects me to. Ugh! I’m sure Scotty staff will be passing out 30% off coupons as well!

  14. Jason

    Nov 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    This has been talked about for a while now in Titleist / Cameron circles. You will have access to some of the great fitting technology used by the Putter Studio.

  15. OverPriced!

    Nov 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Just a place to see more merchandise. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but that is all we are looking at here. Titliest opens a new store…

    And there was much rejoicing….. Yea!

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  17. froneputt

    Nov 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Guys, it’s a putter, not a Picasso.

  18. Scott Chaffin

    Nov 4, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    This is great news. Keep it up Scotty!!

  19. Brand Me Silly

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Scotty thanks you for your loyalty, but if he catches you buying a different brand of putter he will banish you.

  20. Steve Barry

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Good scoop Zak, but didn’t Tiger use a Ping putter during his first Masters win? I thought the Cameron was in the bag for 13 of his 14, so it would only be 15 of the 16 combined majors for Roiger, or Tigoy, your choice.

    • thedurtydurden

      Nov 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      No, he used a Teryllium in his first Masters win, but it was the only major he won with that putter.

    • Ben Jackson

      Nov 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Tiger used a Titleist/Scotty Cameron Teryllium Newport (Sole Stamp) in his win at the 1997 Masters.

      • Graig

        Nov 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

        ….and it was a Newport 2 – Long Neck

        • Chuck

          Nov 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm

          No. It was a newport as mentioned above. He used a long neck very briefly but not to win the 97 masters….

      • chowchow

        Nov 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm

        and their was controvery over the length of the neck. Some of the putters had to have the cup cut down to USGA conforming specs. If you have a long cup.. you have a very rare putter

    • Jim

      Nov 5, 2013 at 2:02 am

      He used a Ping anser 2 in his U.S. Amateur wins.

  21. froneputt

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I wish it wasn’t Encinitas. I like Encinitas.

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Note: The posts below have been minimally edited for grammar and brevity.

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TeeGolf: I’ve seen the ST180 driver [in person] and it looks like it sits perfectly square to me. And this is coming from someone who has been playing a Titleist driver set 1-degree open for the past 3 years. It doesn’t look closed at all. 

trhode: I’ve been playing the M2 all year. In comparison at address, the ST is very closed. I had 3 customers look at it yesterday too and they all had the same reaction: closed. That being said, I did play 18 on the simulator and hit some monster drives. The head, with the Raijin shaft, seems to be just a little lower spin than my TaylorMade M2. The blue finish doesn’t bother me either. 

akjell: Hit this yesterday at the Mizuno demo day yesterday at Eagle Ridge in Gilroy, CA. Far from a hook machine but definitely a bomber. The Mizuno’s reps put me in a Mitsubishi Tensei White 70X and I could hit this this driver on a string possibly a bit better than my M1. Of the Mizuno drivers of late, this has to be the best one.

odshot68: Ordering it today. Was fit and played a round with it. Optimal launch and spin. Tensei Blue 70x at 9.5 degrees. This is definitely not left bias; first Mizzy driver ever.

nmorton: Hit this today and it’s going in the bag. Just a classic head shape that suits my eye. Been messing around with a number of drivers over the past year and haven’t singled one out. Last long term driver I had was the 850. The ST checks all of the boxes for me…looks great down by the ball, sounds solid and performs as good as any other. What really sold me was how well slight mis-hits performed. I had the 12.5 dialed down so it definitely sat open a bit. Didn’t hit the fairway but it looks sharp as well. 

evoviiiyou: Had a chance to test the driver with a couple shafts last night. The head is definitely deeper than the JPX900 and the footprint seems bigger from he set up position, very confidence inspiring like the JPX900 but a little improved. Finish and graphics are very similar to the 900 which is very nice if you like the satin Mizuno blue and I do love it just like the satin black I recently had done to my JPX driver and 3 metal. 

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Paul065: It is high launch, low spin yes but I wouldn’t say it was targeted at the average golfer. It’s basically their version of Callaway Epic Sub Zero. Rory used the Sub Zero. 

Tommyj: I went down to Carls yesterday specifically to look at the ST180. I’ve read some comments that the face looks closed. When I picked it up it was in the 10.5D position and did look slightly closed but then looked perfectly square at 9.5D and also square at 10.5D which seemed sort of odd. The shape is not for me, I had a Cobra F6 and while the ST180 footprint isn’t that big its still substantial. I like blue on drivers and the ST180 has a real quality look to it with the matte finish, having said that I’m not sure I’d want to be looking at that shade of blue all the time. The sound was an absolute killer for me, it was completely unexpected because I always associate Mizuno with being traditional and understated… ST180 launch was lower than G400 in the neutral setting, about the same when I lofted the Ping down.  ST180 was noticeably lower than D2. Longest driver of the three was G400, followed by ST180 then D2. For me the ST180 had the widest dispersion with G400 being the most accurate (by a wide margin).

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