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Scotty Cameron: The return of the “Laguna” putter?

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Scotty Cameron’s “Newport” putter model — named after Newport Beach, California — and its different variations are some of the most popular and winningest putters ever (thanks, Tiger). But there’s another, lesser-sold putter model named after a different California beach town that Scotty Cameron enthusiasts go crazy for: the Laguna, named after Laguna Beach.

The Laguna shape, introduced by Scotty in 1995, is characterized by its rounded, crescent-shaped cavity-back, and higher toe section compared to the heel. This model hasn’t been sold at retail by Scotty Cameron in years, however, much to the dismay of his loyalists.

Although judging by our photos at the 2018 Sony Open, it appears the Laguna may be returning. Like the 2011 Laguna release, this one also has a flow neck and three red dots in the cavity.

We can only see one Scotty Cameron putter sole in our slew of new Scotty photos, and it shows a previously unseen “Tour Only TN2.5” model. Hmm.

But many of the putters look as though they could be part of a new Scotty Cameron Select line, based on the three red circles and general look. It is that time of year for new equipment releases, and Scotty himself was on the grounds earlier in the week; so this could have been the Tour launch of Scotty’s new line of putters for 2018.

For now, however, we will just have to wait for more information.

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GolfWRX Forum Thread of the Day: Bettinardi Ryder Cup Celebrity putters

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Our GolfWRX Forum Thread of the Day was started by member devey07 who posted photos of red-white-and-blue Bettinardi Ryder Cup putters with the Paris skyline on the back cavity. On the hosels, you’d think there would be names of the 12 players on the USA team… but that’s not the case.

Jackson? Rice? Who? At the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, there’s a celebrity match being played with players such as Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice , Michael Phelps and more. See the full list of names here.

And some head covers…

Click here to join the full discussion about the Bettinardi Ryder Cup celebrity putters.

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Dustin Johnson decided to putt cross-handed mid-tournament at East Lake

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Dustin Johnson made a weekend charge at the Tour Championship, and it was almost good enough for him to capture the FedEx Cup title (and with it the $10 million jackpot). Although he fell short, the revival gave him a third-place finish at the season finale, after he fired back to back rounds of 67 at East Lake. The most interesting part about his weekend performance? Well, during the sixth hole on Saturday, Johnson decided to putt for the rest of the event cross-handed.

Speaking to the media after the event, Johnson elaborated a little more on the decision (transcript from ASAP Sports)

So how did Johnson perform with the cross-handed technique? Well, the American gained strokes over the field on the greens on both days over the weekend. For the two days of action, Johnson gained 0.63 strokes over the field with the flatstick, which incidentally was more than he managed over the opening two days in Atlanta. However, a missed birdie chance from inside six feet on the 18th hole on Sunday evening doomed his chances of taking home the FedEx Cup.

Johnson is no stranger to making impulsive changes on the golf course. Recently at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Johnson switched his TaylorMade Spider Tour mid-tournament in favor of the Spider-Mini, despite winning the RBC Canadian Open the week previously with the Spider Tour. While earlier in the year, Johnson decided to implement the AimPoint putting technique. A change which didn’t last long, after instructor Butch Harmon told him to stop as he had no idea what he was doing.

With just four days until the Ryder Cup begins, how comfortable do U.S. fans feel about Johnson deciding to putt cross-handed for the biennial event?

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Under Armour releases limited-edition Spieth 2 (Red, White and Blue) golf shoes for the Ryder Cup

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It’s officially Ryder Cup week, so let the custom gear and apparel begin!

For the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris at Le Golf National, Under Armour has made a patriotic pair of shoes for Team USA’s Jordan Spieth. Not only are they for him, however, but Under Armour has released a limited number of “similar” shoes to the public, according to a press release from the company. The Spieth 2 USA shoes are available now on Under Armour’s website for $200.

Like the original Spieth 2 colorways, the Spieth 2 USA shoes have a Gore-Tex construction for 100 percent waterproof protection, according to the company. Also, the shoes have TPU (thermoplastic urethane) fibers in the upper made for durability and an overall lighter weight.

Stay tuned for more custom products from the Ryder Cup.

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