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Spotted: Charley Hoffman’s one-off Scotty Cameron putter



Major championships are major business for players. Everything gets a second look as pros pull out all the stops in an attempt to cement legacies beyond just racking up tour wins.

Pulling out the stops and a new putter this week is Charley Hoffman — a man known for consistently finding his way up leaderboards at majors, and tinkering with putters along the way. As putters go, what we spotted at Bethpage is a complete one-of-one for Hoffman and it has a lot of tech going one with some throwback flair for fun.

First let’s talk the tech: what we have here is a multi-piece, multi-material head designed to maximize MOI. Looking “under the hood” we can see that it is essentially a Phantom X 8 if the Prototype T8 wasn’t already a dead giveaway. BUT there are some big difference that certainly draw some inspiration from Cameron putters from the past.

We have very soft lines and edges compared to the standard retail model, which has already been pointed out in our forums. Our man on the ground confirmed from “the Hoff” and his caddy that soft rounded lines are what he prefers, and as I have mentioned before, when it comes to high ranking tour players and custom gear, all you really have to do is ask.

The other major difference (see what I did there) is the elimination of the black finish (now I’m two for two in tournament references) and the variation on the standard site line. Dark and black finished putters are always hit or miss with players of all skill levels and from this putter, it seems CH prefers the classic aluminium body vs the anodized one. Speaking of classics and aluminium this brings me back to what I said earlier and how this putter will remind some Cameron faithful about a model found in the wayback machine — the Caliente.

Milled from aluminium and having what we would now consider a rudimentary multi-material construction from the top, the spacing of the lines isn’t exactly the same but the flowing nature of the Prototype quickly bring back memories of this putter and if you consider the scale difference between the T8 and the Caliente the alignment appears very close to the naked eye.

From a looks perspective, I’ve never had a personal preference between standard grey “steel” finished clubs and black ones, and if you were to take a look at my putter and wedge collection that would quickly become apparent. For Mr. Hoffman, a guy known more for his prodigious ball striking than putting, this putter change could make a big difference this week and potentially help him turn the page (there I did it – snuck the whole course name into the article) on his major record.

To see more pics and join the discussion check out the forum thread.

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.



  1. Rod Brink

    May 15, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    That Prototype,the Caliente,was probably born from Ray Cook M1-X…I’m sure Scotty remembers that model.

  2. Realist

    May 14, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    He used the cameron red x for years….anybody catch the similarities….with more moi!?

  3. Charles Knox

    May 14, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    One (perhaps two) other notable difference(s): Significantly less offset with what seems to be a bend at a higher point on the shaft. Not just for how the putter looks soled behind the ball, but also pushes the alignment features slightly left of the stock putter.

  4. Brandon Wooley

    May 14, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I had that Caliente Grand back in the day. I couldn’t putt with it to save my life. In hindsight I probably shouldn’t have left it in the bag for like 6 years.

  5. Ab

    May 14, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    That is the ugliest Alien-baby looking POS putter I’ve ever seen

  6. LoveIt

    May 14, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Like the putter. Hate Matt Kuchar.

    • Jack

      May 14, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      I concur. Kuch is a d-bag

    • Tommy

      May 14, 2019 at 2:34 pm

      WTH does this have to do with Kuchar and why vent your hate in public?…..BTW, I’m sure he’s going to lose lots of sleep over it.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best ball for players with slower swing speeds?”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ghoul31 who created a thread dedicated to finding the ideal golf ball for players with slower swing speeds. Our members have their say on what is the ball most suited to slower swing speeds, with a variety of models receiving a mention.

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.

  • Hogan9: “My SS is 80 to 85. I play the Titleist AVX. Many people on these forums tell it’s wrong for me. I’ve tried several brands and types over the last year ( Pro-V-1 and 1X, Cally Supersoft and Chrome Soft, TM TP5X, Wilson Duo Soft and the Snell MTB. The AVX gives me the best overall performance for my game. I’ve had to slightly adjust to how it reacts on chips and pitches, but the extra distance off the tee is well worth it. “
  • North Butte: “Maybe 90mph driver swing on a good day. Driver 205-ish hit 6-iron from 150. Pro V1x but I have played AVX, B330, TP5 with pretty much similar results to my favorite V1x. Also played the Chrome Soft for a while but it seemed to fly a little low and sometimes have trouble holding greens (or maybe I just didn’t give it a long enough chance to know for sure).”
  • Hat Trick: “Pro V1X – Spin and higher launch keeps it in the air longer, but at the same time that spin holds the greens – SS 96-98 mph.”
  • Kmac: “My SS is right around 95-100, and I find the QST to the perfect for my game. I will also play the AVX or Chrome Soft Truvis. But for the money, nothing beats the QST.”

Entire Thread: “Best ball for players with slower swing speeds?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Single length irons stunting development?”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from rbark11 who has sparked an interesting debate over single length irons in our forums. Rbark11 has been playing single length irons for the past seven months, and he is concerned that he may have issues changing back to regular length irons. Our members give their take on the matter, as well as discussing single length irons in general.

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.

  • mcs4: “No, it will not. Both my father and I are currently playing Cobra One Length irons after decades of playing variable length irons. It took both of us maybe a few rounds to feel comfortable with the switch. This weekend I played a round with my old irons, and it was different but not a big deal. My opinion is that there are pros and cons with each approach, but I don’t think picking one will make any particular negative impact on your ability to later switch to the other.”
  • Quadra: “I’ve played both. Right now I am back to VL clubs ( Wishon 560 irons). Find VL gives me more shot-making options. With uneven lies, especially with the ball above or below foot level, the shot seems easier with a more upright or flatter lie, rather than trying to manipulate a shot from clubs with only a single length/lie. VL = more shot possibilities.”
  • Aucaveman: “I played Cobra ftbo for a year. Shot my best scores ever. Our club switched to Mizuno exclusively, so I had my first real fitting. I switched to the 919 forged and had to sell the Cobras to fund the mizunos. Really wished I hadn’t. I really liked the Cobras. The shafts in the Mizuno’s are better suited for me but had I put the same shafts in the Cobras; I’d prob been better off. At some point, I’ll prob do it and go back to one lengths. I was perusing eBay yesterday actually.”
  • Brandons68: “I think that the consistency you gain from SL irons is pretty great. I have not played them personally, but have talked to several people that have, and they really like the feel of the irons and the fact that they swing every iron the same because they are all the same length.”

Entire Thread: “Single length irons stunting development?”

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Top 5 coolest things at the PGA Fashion & Demo 2019 in Las Vegas



If you are doing an apples to apples comparison, the Orlando PGA Merchandise Show and The Vegas PGA show are on two different planets. It would be like comparing the Death Star to Marty McFlys’s hoverboard in “Back to The Future.”

However, the best thing about the PGA Fashion & Demo in Las Vegas is the laid back nature and quality time you get with the brands that show up. So, as I made my way around the Sands Expo at The Venetian, I did find some seriously awesome swag that will be coming out in the next six months…and oh yeah, Sherry Major, the woman who runs both shows, is a unicorn and deserves a street in her name.

OK, here we go.


The title says it all, the Nova Scotia, Canada-based creators do amazing custom pieces for not only individual clients but also for some of the most exclusive clubs in the country.

Cost: $100-$300

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G/FORE MG 4.1  

Let’s be honest G/Fore doesn’t miss much. I own a pair of the original release of the MG 4.1, and I get asked about them on the street allll the time. This new color and the rest of the new line will be quite the must-haves, I reckon. And yes they are REALLY comfortable on the course and in the street.

Cost: $185

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I’m not super familiar with VV, but these ridiculously well-crafted belts are not only awesome with the Shinnecock and Oakmont themes, but they remind me of the belts my old man used to rock. I’m all for the modern gear making its way into the market, but who doesn’t want an Oakmont belt?

Cost: $58

Check em out here.


This is a cross-collaboration between Dunning, Imperial Headwear, Dormie, and others to promote golf as it is…PURE. The name represents so much and the simple high-end hats, head covers, etc. express the word that we say when something in golf is better than most and represents the essence of the game: It’s pure.

Cost: $35

Check em out here.


Lots of buzz about the brainchild of David Woods and Tour Striker’s Martin Chuck. I have tried it, and I can honestly say it helps in multiple ways. Once you follow the protocol that they send, once you become an owner, you have a swing device that builds in the sensation of “shallowing” the golf club and you don’t need a teacher there yanking the club down to show you how to do it. I love working on things at home and this thing is a gem.

Cost $162.99

Check em out here.

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