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Tiger Woods’ personally used 1997 Masters prototype Scotty Cameron putter sells for big bucks

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How much would you be willing to pay for a Scotty Cameron putter personally used by Tiger Woods? Well, for someone out there the answer was just short of $23k.

As Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall first reported this week, the putter in question is the Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3, and although it didn’t play a role in 13 of Woods’ 14 major victories, it is a putter associated with his very first Masters triumph back in 1997.

The putter sold via Green Jacket Auctions, and according to their description, the flat-stick was not just used by Woods, but it was the prototype version of the Newport TeI3 which he used on his way to dominating Augusta National for his first major victory.

Per the report, this particular putter has a teryllium insert which features 32 vibration-dampening dots that sought to soften the feel of the putter and offset the five screws that were used in the back cavity during the milling process.

As the description on Green Jacket Auctions states, Callaway’s director of fitting and instruction, Randy Peterson was the recipient of the putter before the 1997 golf season, and the flat-stick has “Tiger” stamped in dancing letters on the toe, while “Proto” and “XXX” are stamped on the back bumpers. The last five digits of the Certificate of Authenticity from Cameron (84437) also spells out “Tiger” on the phone keypad.

While $22,784.40 may seem like an inordinate amount to pay for a putter, there is reason to believe that the new owner of the Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3 may have got themselves an excellent deal. Two previous Tiger Woods Newport 2 GSS backups (the same model he used on his way to winning 13 of his 14 majors) have been sold via Green Jacket Auctions in the past three years, for totals of $53,146 and $44,401, and comparing this Scotty Cameron putter to those previous models, the auction company states

“With all due respect to those fine putters, perhaps no privately owned Tiger Woods putter holds a candle to the collecting appeal of this specimen.”

 

 

 

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Barkley Chuck

    Feb 23, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Always wondered what club Elin used to pound some justice into the old Tigre’!!

  2. Charlotte

    Feb 22, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Does this make my Studio Stainless Newport worth more? Its the same look without the insert. Feels great. Just a little heavier than the Newport 2.

    • passerby

      Feb 22, 2019 at 10:09 pm

      no sir cuz nothing related or relevant.

  3. Jamie King

    Feb 22, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    If your local golf course had this putter and rented it…would you pay $200 to play a round with it?

    • JP

      Feb 22, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      I won’t pay a $200 greens fee! Screw renting ANY putter. I like mine just fine.

    • Big Ern

      Feb 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm

      Amazing question!
      Depends though if it were some 1/2 kept joint with greens that look similar to a cheetahs fur or a top notch place like a TPC course. If at the latter i definitely would fork over the $200.

      • Jacob McCain

        Mar 14, 2019 at 3:45 pm

        I have played a round with one of Tiger’s backup putters. It’s very nice but I wouldn’t pay $200 to do it.

  4. Tim

    Feb 22, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    I didn’t use it either.
    In fact, Tiger and I didn’t use for the EXACT same amount of time!

    How much does that add to the value?

    Some people…

  5. toyzrx

    Feb 22, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    What about the PING longneck Anser he used to win US am against Trip Keuhne? Probably was 1995 or 1996, but I bet that thing is pretty valuable too.

  6. Sean

    Feb 22, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Article is a little misleading. This is not the actual putter used to win the 97 Masters. The auction listing describes it as the prototype given in 96 before the actual Te3 putter was provided which Tiger went on to win the masters with.

    The actual 97 Masters putter is priceless IMO and likely sits in Tigers house (hopefully mounted : )

    • Nachos

      Feb 23, 2019 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks for this, the price seemed low. That and why would it sell for less than backups?

  7. Tom

    Feb 22, 2019 at 11:17 am

    How much are his personally used bimbos going for?

  8. dat

    Feb 22, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Considering how much the regular tour models go for, this isn’t a bad value for a high end collector.

  9. GOLFFRR

    Feb 22, 2019 at 10:06 am

    I was able to sit in on a speech that Scotty Cameron did and he told us about the story of how the dots came in to play in those putters. It all started with Tiger getting a putter from him that was too heavy for his liking. Tiger needed it lighter and needed it overnight. Scotty couldn’t re make a putter so he though he would drill some holes in the back. Once he did that he noticed it was rusting, so he went to local store and bought some caulking and put it in the holes to stop the rust. he went and won that week and the putter was all over TV the rest was history 🙂

    • Jon

      Feb 22, 2019 at 11:32 am

      There’s other stories about Scotty and tigers putters. The actual gamer tiger has used for 13 major victories was supposed to ship out the day that Scotty had finished it. Tiger wanted the head to play exactly 350 grams. The putter came off the mill at 353g (or so not sure on exact #s) so Scotty decided to mill a couple grams out of the back of the face because he knew that tiger would be able to feel the extra weight. Tigers putter was the first of nearly every tour putter after his to have a ‘tour dot’ yet the reason for tigers red dot in the cavity is not to distinguish it from retail model it’s so that it plays the right way. The cool thing is that Scotty has made over 20 back ups for tiger over his career in the identical configuration and not one of them has ever gone into play. Because they, “Don’t feel right.” That’s why tigers putter looks so beat up, because he won’t use another one. There’s also been multiple times where tiger has thrown the Scotty at his golf bag or slammed it off the ground and bent the hosel way out of whack and Scotty has had to drop what he’s doing and fly to wherever the tournament is to fix the alignment/ set up of the putter. I couldn’t imagine what his actual putter would sell for considering one of the back ups that weren’t good enough for tiger have sold for over $50 grand.

      • Benny

        Feb 22, 2019 at 5:59 pm

        Great info Jon and exactly right. But here in lies the issue… Scotty shaved that weight with those drilled dots to sehd 2 grams. One on the face/ heel and other in the cavity. But Scotty said “to keep it from rusting he used red printing ink for the dots and lettering”.
        How does GSS rust?? (Stainless steel does not rust)
        It doesn’t, so that means Tiger’s real putter is carbon underneath the finish.
        But to push the GSS line and sales Scotty and Tiger have stated for ever its GSS when the real putter is a Pro Platinum finish.
        This was the only stainless like finish Scotty had at that time.
        Its all marketing boys and the video where Scotty explained all this has been removed from their site.
        I have also seen pics of Tigers putter from 2013-2015 seasons where it looked brand new. But the real TW NP2 is all banged up.
        IMO I believe its not just 1 putter and instead he has used a handful of these to win but kept secret so that Scotty can market his $10k GSS putters.

        • Jacob McCain

          Mar 14, 2019 at 3:42 pm

          Stainless steel does rust. Especially if you’re a tour pro who uses it as a tool and don’t take care of it. let it sit in the rain for 10 minutes then put a cover over it and don’t dry it off. It’ll rust for sure. Not nearly as badly as carbon but still will have rust spots. Also Tiger’s putter wasn’t 350. It was 335 or 330 originally. Due to remilling to get dings and such out it’s down to about 325 now.

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GolfWRX Spotlight: P2 putter grips

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Product: P2 putter grips

Pitch: From P2: “The patented P2 technology is based on the way the shaft is housed through the bottom of the grip. This effectively elevates the golfer’s hands at address, locks the wrists in place and creates sought after shaft-forearm symmetry.”

Our take on P2 putter grips

Putting is the one part of golf that truly levels the playing field – a sliding two-footer is worth just as many shots as a 345-yard drive, and from beginner to pro, we’ve all experienced the simple agony of missing one we know we really should have made. With so much recent focus on redefining putter technology the one part of the club that is still highly overlooked is the grip — but P2 is trying to change that.

The key part of the P2 design is the Bottom Shaft Housing that positions the grip asymmetrically around the shaft – on the vertical plane (don’t worry the grip are 100 percent symmetrical). This design, fully legal under the rules of golf, has scientifically proven through the use of Quintic, results that show both improved strike pattern on the face as well as getting more putts started on line at the intended target.

Part of the reason this design helps golfers putt more consistently is that it puts the putter more inline and on plane with the forearm to help create a single motion. As much as we would all love a putting stroke that flows as smoothly as Ben Crenshaw or Brad Faxon the amount timing needed in the hands to produce great results through these methods is often too difficult even for the better player to achieve. In a way, the P2 Grip design helps you get into an “armlock” position without fully overhauling your putting technique (and it allows you to keep your current putter).

In my personal testing, I decided to use the P2 Core Classic. This was my preferred grip since it offers the smaller width while giving the full experience of the Botton Shaft Housing tech. My putter specs are generally flatter than most with a lie angle around 68 degrees, when using a traditional grip this results in having the butt end point more towards my belly button and, as I’m fully willing to admit, a more rotational stroke. I never had to adjust any of the specs on my putter to get the grip to do exactly what it says it will. The grip plane became more aligned with my forearm and after a small adjustment period to the new shape, I was 100 percent making a more pendulum stroke with less arc. So far, results inside have proven to be a success, and I’m looking forward to taking it out to the course once the season really gets started.

Within the P2 lineup, there are four shapes and two weight categories to choose from to allow the player to find the exact fit for both grip method and balance. The original “Core” series is on the heavier side of the grip weight spectrum, but for many players using modern heavier putter heads this could be a huge advantage to help give your putter a higher balance point, and at the end of the day, produce a smoother putting stroke. As the current trend of research from multiple OEMs has proven, a higher balance point through weight distribution can lead to some big improvements in stroke consistency.

Whether its a claw, cross-handed, or more of a traditional grip method you use, there is a P2 grip that should fit your style and hopefully help you sink a few more putts.

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Pitch:  From Puma “A world leader in high-performance sports clothing, Puma launched their first golf collection in 2004 complete with Puma golf shoes and clothing. The collection has gone from strength to strength ever since its creation, with tour pro golfers wearing the range out on the course. With bold colorful clothing to classically sporty and smart pieces, Puma golf is a versatile collection certain to appeal to golfers of all preferences.”

Our take on Puma’s polos

It’s difficult to look past Puma’s 2019 polo collection without seeing its Paradise golf shirt. Showcased by Rickie Fowler during the Island stretch of golf to begin the new year, the unconventional all button up shirt may not be to everyone’s taste, but anyone who pulls the shirt on will likely agree on its comfort. The shirt will channel your inner Ned Flanders, “feels like I’m wearing nothing at all,” and the ultra-lightweight feel combined with the looseness makes it an ideal summer shirt for swinging the club freely on the golf course.

Puma has a lot more polos on offer in 2019 than its Paradise shirt though, and one of the most visually striking shirts of theirs is the Aletknit Radius Golf Polo. The shirt comes in three vibrant colors (blue, white and green), and its camo inspired pattern is subtle and discreet which gives the shirt a cool look without being distracting. Also a lightweight polo, the Aletknit Radius Golf Polo features a clean three button look, as well as a very comfortable fit, and its dryCell technology means you won’t be drenched in sweat this summer.

Then there’s the Rotation Golf Polo which comes in both solid and stripes styles. The shirts offer a very modern feel and look, and you certainly won’t be disappointed with the selection of colors which the shirts come in, with an abundance on offer.

On the throwback front, Puma has you covered with their Nineties Golf Polo, with a striped shirt style and color. There are five different color blocks to choose from which are about as representative of spring/summer as I’ve seen, and the shirts also come with Ultraviolet Protection Factor, which is a nice summer touch.

The Faraday Polo is according to the company itself “one of our best”. Lightweight and one of the softest shirts they provide, it’s hard to disagree with them in terms of comfort level. The only off-putting feature of this shirt for me is the odd unfinished lining around the pocket.

The exhaustive selection of golf polos provided by Puma is impressive, and they’ve covered everything you’d want in a golf shirt in each of their styles. Prices range from $50-$70, and no matter what your taste, you’re bound to find a great summer golf shirt to add to your collection from their 2019 lineup.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Sexy, slick, minimal irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Glowbal who is on the lookout for sexy, slick, minimal irons ala Scratch Golf’s old SB-1 iron set. Clean, as little branding or markings as possible and lofts instead of numbers on the club, are all the things Glowbal wants from an iron set, and our members have been on hand sharing their suggestions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Fried Slice: “National Custom Works are Scratch. Same grinders and owners I believe. I’m sure they can hook you up. http://www.nationalcustomworks.com 
  • 11forgedblades: “When I was looking for irons without any logo, Geotech blades only had the numbers on them…completely blank.”
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  • kmay: “Another for National Custom works, incredible products, and from what I see watching there IG every day, they will make them to your exact requests, any stamping you want (or don’t) any shape muscle you want, sole grinds you want, seems like everything can be customized starting from forged blanks. True craftsmen.”

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