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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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35 Comments

  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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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Honda Classic (2/19/2018).

Driver: TaylorMade M3 440 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Acra Tour-Z RPG

Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15 degrees)
Shafts: Accra Tour-Zx 4100

Driving Iron: Titleist 716 T-MB (2)
Shaft: KBS Tour C-Taper 130 X

Irons: Titleist 716 MB (4-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper Limited Edition Black PVD 130 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (48-10F, 52-08F, 56-10S), Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind (60-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper Limited X (48), KBS Hi-Rev Black PVD S-Flex (52, 56, 60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009
Grip: Scotty Cameron Pistol

Golf Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

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Cobra launches King Forged Tec Black and King Black Utility irons

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We first spotted Cobra’s new King Forged Tec Black irons (in both One-length and variable length) and King Black Utility irons (in both One-length and variable length) at the 2018 PGA Show. The company wasn’t dishing out any information related to the clubs at that time, however, electing to await for the official launch to provide details.

Well, Cobra officially launched the clubs on Tuesday, so we now have all of the tech info, specs and more.

Read below for all of the details, and click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the clubs in our forums.

King Forged Tec Black irons

Cobra first launched its Forged Tec irons in 2015; “Tec” stands for Technology Enhanced Cavity. They used five different materials in the club head to produce an iron with more forgiveness and distance.

The 2018 Forged Tec irons have gotten a material upgrade with a new Forged 4140 Stainless Steel face, allowing them to be made thinner and produce greater ball speeds across the face. They also have the new “dimonized” black finish that appeared on the company’s King Forged MB/CB irons in the past (and the irons that Rickie Fowler uses). Cobra says the finish is more durable than any black finish on the market.

“The handsome new Dimonized Black Metal (DBM) Matte Finish boasts the industry’s most durable satin black finish ever, reducing glare and providing extreme wear resistance while maintaining the look and feel of a classic forged iron,” Cobra said in a press release.

Additionally, the irons have tungsten weights to lower CG (center of gravity), and move CG more toward the center of the face, and they have carbon fiber medallions to dampen vibrations for a softer feel.

Forged Tec Black One Length

At the 2018 PGA Show, Cobra representatives said that One-length irons represent at least 60 percent of all its iron sales. Yea, wow. So it’s no wonder why Cobra is coming out with Forged Tec Black One-length irons in addition to its variable length offering.

The one-length irons sets match the weight and length of the 7 iron throughout the set, and have progressive tungsten weighting to achieve different launch characteristics — that means the longer irons will launch a bit higher, and the shorter irons a bit lower. New in this set is also progressive lie angle configurations; the longer irons will have a more upright lie angle, while the shorter irons will have a bit flatter lie angle.

The goal here is to allow golfers to take one swing no matter what the number says on the sole of their irons, but still produce desired results.

Both of the Forged Tec Black irons come equipped with Cobra Connect (powered by Arccos) in the butt end of the grips so golfers can retrieve data on every shot they hit during a round of golf or practice session. Golfers who purchase a set of these irons will also receive enough Arccos sensors to put in the remaining clubs in their bag, as well.

The irons come stock with steel True Temper AMT Tour White shafts, with a powder-coated black finish to match the black club heads, or graphite UST Recoil ES SmacWrap shafts. The 7-piece sets (5-PW, GW) sell for $1,099 in steel or $1199 in graphite, and will hit retail on April 6.

King Utility Black irons

Cobra also announced the launch of its King Utility Black irons, including variable length and one-length options.

They’re each made with Cobra’s familiar PwrShell face technology, which adds stability around the perimeter to make the clubs more forgiving while also allowing the faces to be constructed thinner. The faces use forged 455 high-strength stainless steel inserts to optimize ball speed across the face. Also for greater ball speeds, they have full, hollow-body constructions, and they have Tungsten toe weights (67-73 grams in the variable length irons and 90-94 grams in the shorter, one-length irons). For more precision and consistent spin, they have CNC milled faces and grooves.

The utility irons are also adjustable, with +/- one degree of adjustability using their MyFly8 hosel.

They have black PVD coats to achieve their black finishes, rather than the dimonized finish of the Forged Tec irons. Like the Forged Tec irons, however, they come equipped with Cobra Connect in the grips.

The Utility Black irons hit retail on April 6, and will sell for $219 in graphite and $199 in steel. The variable length heads will be available in 3 (18-21 degrees) and 4 (21-24 degrees) irons, while the One-length irons are available in 3 (18-21 degrees), 4 (21-24 degrees) and 5 (24-27 degrees) irons. Each come stock with steel true Temper AMT Tour White shafts with black powder coating, or graphite UST Recoil ES SmacWrap shafts.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Cobra’s new irons here

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The Elder and Younger 2-Ball, #teamkiradech, and a very boring wedge on the Honda Classic range

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion course  in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. And there was plenty to see on the range Monday.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, making his first U.S. start since the 2016 Web.com Finals, was in his glory. We got WITB looks at (the very yellow bag) of Brandt Snedeker, Gary Woodland, and Chesson Hadley, too.

Here are a few of the best shots from t-minus three days until tournament time.

Chesson Hadley is gaming this superb, decade-old, lead tape-laden, Odyssey 2-Ball.

We also spotted Odyssey’s latest 2-Ball offering, the Exo Two-Ball. No word on whether Mr. Hadley is upgrading…

Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s putter cover is everything you’d expect (and perhaps more).

The leader of #teamkiradech also has his emoji self embroidered on the back of his shirt. This would only be made better if emoji Kiradech also had an embroidered emoji on his shirt.

Chesson Hadley is also gaming one of Vokey’s new SM7 wedges with a bit of weight removed in a very boring fashion.

As if there weren’t enough yellow in this picture… Banana Snedeker?

All joking aside, you gotta love Snedeker gaming a Tourstage X 5-wood.

…with this wear mark, no less.

Laundry service for Bronson Burgoon, please?

Chad Campbell loves three things: UNLV, shaving cream, and Arnold Palmer. The Palmer-Barbasol thing makes sense, as the King reportedly abhorred facial hair on professional golfers (really).

A lovely assortment of Piretti covers. It’s probably frowned upon as a professional to walk away with this whole bag, but tempting nevertheless…

Ditto: Bettinardi.

Check out all our photos from the 2018 Honda Classic below!

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