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Scotty Cameron Golo S Review

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Early Review by BluCat61- (Long term review coming)

We just picked up a Golo s (straight shafted). I love it so far, but have only been practice putting. I’ll game it today. Here are my observations so far:


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-The Golo does remind me of the old Red X line, but its dimensions are larger. I’d have preferred a completely symmetrical head, but this one seems closer to it than the old Red X’s.
-This putter has significant toe hang for an almost center-shafted putter. Actually, the hang is more than my Ping Anser Milled No.2. See attached pic, showing toe hang.
-I’d have preferred full face-balancing. I used to putt quite well with a Yes! center shafted Natalie, and was hoping to employ the same straight back, straight through stroke with this putter. Obviously, Scotty just won’t cater to golfers with that stroke. So, if I’m to keep this putter, I’ll have to adjust, and use a slight arc (like I do with my blade putters).
-(Not really an “observation.”) I removed the stock shaft and added a Pistolero, but purchased a stock select shaft just in case the Pistolero does not work out. This grip is experimental for me at this point, but so far I love it.
-Aesthetically, this putter is gorgeous. I like the finish. It certainly is not as dark black as, say, a Black Satin Redwood, for example. I coated it with gun oil because I am out of silicone. I hope the finish holds up and does not wear off.
-I like the black sightline. It is distinctive enough from the rest of the finish that it could be used, but understated for those (like me) who do not prefer sight aids. I really am not a sightline fan (you might have seen my previous postings of my custom Ping Wrx Redwood Zing without any sight aids whatsoever).
-The milling is much deeper than any other Cameron I have owned. It really softens the hit, and this putter feels buttery soft, but solid, at impact.
-The headcover does not fit. They might have given me one for the blade Select models, and are working with the Titleist rep to get me a new one. We’ll see.


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CONCLUSIONS:
I have to adjust to this putter, but think it might be a little quirky. It seems to have a high MOI (hence the solid feel). At the same time, it is not forgiving of a less than perfect stroke. In other words, you can’t put this putter on auto pilot, and must be careful to get it on line. I say this because, unlike with some of my other putters, I haven’t found that repeatable stroke for this one. Please do not take this as a negative. This is a only a preliminary review. Time will only tell, and it just could be I haven’t adjusted yet. But, I like the putter so much I want it to work.

That’s it. If anyone is interested, I can post more pics, as well as an updated review after a few rounds.

FYI, I am 50, with a 3.4 index (up from +1 five years ago, when I was younger, lighter, and played more), and a very good putter.


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  1. Erik

    Apr 1, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I love the idea of Scotty finally embracing the deep milled face for the off the rack putters, it seemed like he thought deep milling was for circle t’s only in the past. I’m a long time scotty fan but I wish he would think outside the box and create something new for a change. The GoLo is just a retread of the red x series as are the rest of his latest line of putters. He make high quality putters but really hass anything new or exciting come from his workshop lately? I hope the Titleist culture is not changing the independent free thinking culture at the studio!!!!

  2. JOJO

    Aug 6, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I’ve been a cameron fan for a long time, and before the golo S I was putting with my 009 with a plumber neck. I tried the golo out when it first came out, both the Golo and GoloS, and wow I felt in love with the straight shaft GoloS. Haven’t putted so pure for so long, it seems like I can’t miss anywhere within 7-8 feet. Been benching my 009 and gaming solely the GoloS set up at 33 with 20g and loving every minutes of it.

  3. Wineguy21

    Jul 10, 2012 at 12:56 am

    My putting has been a work in progress that last three years. I just played today with a young fellow on one of the satellite tours and he has this putter. Had the 15 gram weights in them with a Super Stroke 55 gram putter grip. He let me putt with it for the last four holes. Once I got the feel down, I was rolling the ball the best i had done in three years. Very buttery feel, and you did not have to hit the ball dead on the sweet spot to get a good roll. He had me choke down on the putter and make sure my follow through was as long as my take back. With that grip and weight combo, the feel was amazing. It worked well on both short and long putts, which is not the case with a lot of putters.

  4. Hamish

    Jun 2, 2012 at 1:32 am

    I have the putter and are finding it difficult to adjust to it. I traded the 35 to the 34 in hopes for more control.
    I have found it likes to be set to its exact lie, dead square looking straight down the shaft. Also line the impact to the ball right behind the center round red dot ‘exactly’ on impact. Also experiment with smooth transition in the backswing (or lag/wait a extra 10th second there)…and put a smooth stroke on the ball. My distance control is good. I am questioning the shaft flex and spine location…the 35in just felt softer and rolled truer…how do I safely pull this shaft ? ( I am a club fitter…but scared to put heat on this thing!)

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  6. Hector

    May 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Very objective review, thanks!

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Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees)
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Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (4-PW)
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“Blade versus mallet” is becoming more of a relevant argument over the past several years as more and more PGA Tour pros are opting for mallet putters with higher MOI (moment of inertia, a measure of forgiveness) instead of the classic Anser-style putters that most pros once employed. But, exactly how many top golfers are actually using mallets instead of blades now?

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What’s the point of this? Well, each golfer is different and you should definitely get fit before making a putter purchase. But to me, it’s just interesting to see how many top golfers and great putters are using mallets compared to blade-style putters, and how any stigma surrounding mallet putters is all but gone. Heck, even Tiger Woods recently switched to a mallet-style putter.

Note: Using an Odyssey rep’s suggestion, I classified Phil’s Odyssey No. 9 putter as a “modified blade,” as well as a few other blade-style heads that have MOI-raising designs i.e. Patrick Cantlay’s Cameron Concept, Ricky Barnes’ and Anirban Lahiri’s No. 9-style heads, and Billy Horschel’s PXG. So these putters were included in the “blade” category. If you disagree with calling these modified blades, I understand. 

Let’s get to the numbers.

Top 50 players in the OWGR

 

Mallet (22-out-of-50): 44 percent

  • Dustin Johnson (No. 1 in the OWGR)
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  • Webb Simpson (No. 20)
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  • Kyle Stanley (No. 26)
  • Kevin Kisner (No. 27)
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  • Kiradech Aphibarnrat (No. 32)
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Blade (28-out-of-50): 56 percent

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  • Francesco Molinari (No. 6)
  • Jordan Spieth (No. 8)
  • Rickie Fowler (No. 9)
  • Tommy Fleetwood (No. 11)
  • Patrick Reed (No. 12)
  • Alex Noren (No. 13)
  • Bubba Watson (No. 14)
  • Paul Casey (No. 15)
  • Hideki Matsuyama (No. 16)
  • Marc Leishman (No. 18)
  • Phil Mickelson (No. 21)
  • Bryson DeChambeau (No. 22)
  • Sergio Garcia (No. 23)
  • Patrick Cantlay (No. 24)
  • Matt Kuchar (No. 28)
  • Tony Finau (No. 29)
  • Rafa Cabrera Bello (30)
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  • Haotong Li (No. 45)
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Top 50 players in SG: Putting

Mallet (28-out-of-50 players): 56 percent

  • Jason Day (No. 1 in SG:Putting)
  • Greg Chalmers (No. 3)
  • Daniel Summerhays (No. 5)
  • Webb Simpson (No. 6)
  • Kevin Kisner (No. 7)
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  • Brett Stegmaier (No. 39)
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  • Patton Kizzire (No. 46)
  • Brandon Harkins (No. 48)
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Blade (22-out-of-50 players): 44 percent

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  • Jimmy Walker (No. 30)
  • Bud Cauley (No. 31)
  • Paul Casey (No. 34)
  • Michael Kim (No. 38)
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  • Martin Laird (No. 41)
  • Dominic Bozzelli (No. 42)
  • Ricky Barnes (No. 43)
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