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2020 Scotty Cameron Special Select putters

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Scotty Cameron has been refining and defining putters for more than 25 years at Titleist, and to celebrate 2020, he’s releasing the new Scotty Cameron Special Select putter line to showcase timeless, tour-proven designs, crafted with impeccable attention detail.

More photos of the Scotty Cameron Special Select putters in the forums.

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Putters are unique clubs because the great styles and classic shapes never go out of style, kind of like cars. Yes, we have seen a growth in larger geometry and technology packed designs, but the classics are classics for a reason, and they will continue to live on.

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The inspiration for the new Special Select putters came directly from combining Scotty Cameron’s most classic shapes with tweaks driven by tour player requests. When it comes to Cameron-designed putters, it’s never going to be about reinventing the wheel, it’s about taking a proven philosophy and refining the end product to perfection. That also means using the best materials, controlling the process start to finish, and milling from a solid block of 303 stainless steel in the USA.

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Each model in the Special Select putter line has been completely reworked, including Cameron’s classic Newport, Newport 2 and Newport 2.5 style blades. A newly refined Del Mar joins the new Fastback 1.5, Squareback 2, Flowback 5 and Flowback 5.5 mid-mallet models.

“With Special Select, I wanted to get back to the pure-milled shapes and faces that I’ve been crafting for tour players for over two decades now. We’ve brought those designs into the modern era with new setups, necks, faces, grips and weights. Every aspect of every putter has been redone. When it all came together, it was pretty special.” – Scotty Cameron

More photos of the Scotty Cameron Special Select putters in the forums.

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The Performance Behind Special Select

Everything Scotty Cameron and Titleist is driven by the endless pursuit of creating the most high-performance products for the best players in the world and then bringing that technology and performance to dedicated golfers. The changes made to the new Special Select line to differentiate it from previous Cameron putters of the past are all tour inspired and include

  • Soft Tri-sole Design: Special Select blade models are milled with a tour-inspired soft tri-sole design. This self-soling feature promotes the putter sitting square to the target line at address. The key to this design feature is a slightly negative bounce sole that puts the putter in the correct position time after time.
  • New Balanced Weighting: Heel and toe positioned weights in the sole of Scotty Cameron putters are not new, in fact they have been around for more than a decade now in other select models, but like the rest of the Special Select series it’s about refinement not reinvention. These customizable weights assure that each putter is properly balanced based on putter length, and the golfer’s stroke. There are stock configurations but putters can be made lighter or heavier by request through custom order.
  • More photos of the Scotty Cameron Special Select putters in the forums.
  • See what WRXers are saying about the 2020 Cameron lineup. 

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The blade models all come fit with new tungsten sole weights that are heavier than previous steel ones. This allows for sleeker shapes with larger sweet spots. The mid-mallet putters use a stainless steel sole weights for optimal balance and weight distribution.

  • Refined Hosel Configurations: This is the true nitty gritty, to be sure every attribute of each model is perfect before being put in the hands of the golfer. The Newport and Newport 2 putters, for example, feature a slightly shorter plumbers neck for medium toe flow, with a newly-defined socket radius (where the hosel neck meets the top line) repositioned with onset to provide better visibility of the leading edge at address, allowing for easier alignment.

More photos of the Scotty Cameron Special Select putters in the forums.

Scotty Cameron Special Select Models

As mentioned, there are eight models to choose from in the new Special Select line; three blade models and five mid-mallet options with a look and toe flow for any stroke.

  • Newport, Newport 2, Newport 2.5, Del Mar, Fastback 1.5, Squareback 2, Flowback 5, and Flowback 5.5.

Final Touches

Each Scotty Cameron Special Select putter comes stock with a new grey Pistolini Plus grip with distinctive white lettering. The new Pistolini Plus maintains the shape of the original Pistolini but with a slight build-up lower hand.

The Special Select line’s un-plated stainless steel heads are bead blasted for an easy-to-maintain glare-resistant look that won’t show wear like putters with traditional plating or applied finish. The signature red cavity dots have also been given a styling upgrade with each dot milled with a recessed channel, which is then polished and hand-painted with cherry red translucent paint.

Pricing and Availability

Special Select putters will be priced at $399 and will be available Jan. 24 in North America and March 27 worldwide through Titleist authorized golf shops.

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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34 Comments

  1. Upgrading

    Jan 29, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    No insert = yes please. Fell in love with the shape of my Select Newport 3 (now the Del Mar) last year. But, with the insert I found them to be much less forgiving. My miss strike with the putter has always been high on the face. With the Select range, that meant right in the grove of the where the insert ends and the top line begins. As a result, it felt like you were putting a rock and the ball would hardly roll out. The new line gets back to the original single piece / classic looking and feeling Scotty’s of old. You can’t have a validated opinion unless you’ve tried it. I did and I’m now upgrading from my Select Newport 3 to the Del Mar. More forgiving, softer feel, and same timeless craftsmanship. Also this is my opinion; spend your money how you want to and I’ll do the same.

  2. jake

    Jan 19, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Aside from his many putters he does and doesn’t claim as original he has also claimed some epiphany of design inspiration for the “Pistolini/Pistolero” grip designs. You can even find an asinine video of SC describing his moment of inspiration. Golf Pride made that very grip 20 years ago and it was labeled “New Decade” on the butt; came in solid red and possibly black. Now, via some back door agreement with SC they no longer offer that style under the GP name and you’ll need to pay $29 for the privilege of owning a $6 grip designed 20 some years ago now branded SC. Marketing smoke and mirrors at its finest.

    • Al

      Jan 19, 2020 at 5:09 pm

      Honestly I have not liked the last 3 models of the Newport 2 but got to try the special Newport 2 today n this baby sounds so sweet n putter face feels so nice and dense on nice strokes. Def getting one soon .

  3. Mike

    Jan 18, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Same old same old…. Cameron has never seen a putter he won’t copy. With the exception of the highly successful design of the Detour putters. Luckily for him he decided to just copy others rather that use his designing skills. This is not hate, just my opinion. Ok millennial?

  4. CCShop

    Jan 18, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    Love no insert, could have done with a smaller Scotty Cameron on the front but other then that I love that new look. SC is always going to be expensive. So what if it looks like a Ping, feels much better. I’ll pay a premium to get a better feel.

  5. joro

    Jan 18, 2020 at 9:34 am

    This is the best, he is even copying hisself, which was a copying another brand, and laughing all the way to the bank. Oh well.

  6. HKO

    Jan 18, 2020 at 12:01 am

    true that the recent SC models look not as good as ‘olde’ ones. but this ones look no bad at all. the newport seems kinda based off timeless & tri-sole style a ‘little’ bit. why not?

  7. BigP

    Jan 17, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Way too much hate in this world; what’s wrong with everyone?

    • Brian

      Jan 18, 2020 at 8:17 am

      Can you not be critical of something without it being labeled as ‘hate’?

  8. Scotty Rothschild Cameron IX

    Jan 17, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    can’t wait for the club cameron lunatics to come to the defense of ole daddy cameron on this release. If the guy milled petrified mammoth $h*+ they would say it’s the best putter ever released

  9. The dude

    Jan 17, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Scotty is the PT Barnum of golf equipment…..

  10. Joe momma

    Jan 17, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    “ Every aspect of every putter has been redone”
    Thats a lie…. They are the EXACT same putters that have been around forever minus the paintfill and writing which means absolutely nothing

  11. Shawn

    Jan 17, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Nice job on the left handed models. Exact same 2 models he’s offered for the last 20 years. What a joke…

    • Nick

      Jan 18, 2020 at 10:34 am

      As a fellow lefty I agree completely! I would be willing to wager that if SC were to release one of the new flowbacks in left handed they would sell a heck of a lot more of those than this worn out DelMar model.

  12. Cameron Plagiarism

    Jan 17, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    “Hmmmmmm lets see….. this year we’ll put some different engravings……..maybe change some paintfill……..I’ve got it!!!!….. we’ll call it the “Special”.”

    No thanks I’ll be different than the neighbor and buy a better putter for $300 less. Thank you Mr. Solheim.

  13. JP

    Jan 17, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    No insert is a great start!

  14. retired04

    Jan 17, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Where is the model Charles Howell is playing in the Am Exp in La Quinta this week?

  15. Joey5Picks

    Jan 17, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Do these make more putts than a $150 putter? the $250 difference would cover quite a few putting lessons.

  16. Ima Fitter

    Jan 17, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    They still look like Pings! He could maybe take credit for the mallet’s, but not the blades…no one can…it was all Mr. Solheim.

  17. Joe

    Jan 17, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    How did a complete plagiarist like Cameron become so widespread used on Tour? Guy is completely uninspiring, yet he’s THE puttermaker. It’s a shame. Not an original thought in his head.

    • Juststeve

      Jan 17, 2020 at 3:20 pm

      Because he turns out a better Ping than Ping.

      • Putter Man

        Jan 21, 2020 at 6:16 pm

        Ping makes a HUGE variety of EXTREMELY HIGH QUALITY putters. To say Cameron’s are better quality than Ping is to ignore what is right in front of you. You may prefer Cameron because they say “Special Select Tour Model Custom Limited Pro 1st Run Circle T Rat” and have different colored paint fill that matches your bag but its not because they are higher quality.

    • I hate Joe

      Jan 17, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      Joe, you making that comment makes you the one with the most unoriginal ideas in your head. SC has always given Ping credit for his creations. You should never speak in public if you insist on being a moron.

      • I hate the guy that hates Joe

        Jan 17, 2020 at 5:39 pm

        They aren’t his creations. Cameron is a huckster. German stainless steel? Fake news.

  18. dat

    Jan 17, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Better than the last several years, but not enough headshapes or options.

  19. JoSmo

    Jan 17, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    I probably won’t get one because they changed the flow neck to a slant. But, this is a HUGE improvement over the recent offerings.

  20. golfraven

    Jan 17, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Not too hot on the covers but the rest of the „re-design“ is spot on. Got to love Scotty‘s marketing – Special ????. I am sure those will sell like hotcakes. I for my part am happy with my Phantom X so ain‘t in the market for one

  21. Thomas

    Jan 17, 2020 at 11:35 am

    So should we expect to see the Ultra Special Select in 2 years? I can’t wait!

  22. Ryan

    Jan 17, 2020 at 11:10 am

    I liked the tourtype model better with the cherry bombs all over, but this is pretty solid. May have to pick one up eventually. I like the non insert for sure.

  23. brian

    Jan 17, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Does it come with the weight kit included? The new Mizuno M-Craft putters look every bit as nice…milled from a solid block of high-carbon steel…and come with a weight kit for adjustments for $100 less. Cameron putters sell on the name alone.

  24. DB

    Jan 17, 2020 at 10:38 am

    The name that covers 1/3rd of the face looks ridiculous. Other than that really nice work, best Cameron in years.

  25. Juststeve

    Jan 17, 2020 at 9:57 am

    No inset which I like.

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @ 10 degrees, D4 swing weight)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.75 inches)

Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila RIP Alpha 90 X

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (22 @ 19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 105 X

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), TaylorMade P730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (soft stepped)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09, 60-10 @ 62 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Custom Black 120 S

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Mini
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R (1 wrap 2-way tape + 2 wraps left hand, 3 right hand)

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As has been well documented, Adam Scott recently won the Genesis Invitational with a set of Titleist 680 blade irons, a design that was originally released in 2003. One of the great benefits of being one of the best players in the world is you don’t need to search eBay to find your preferred set of 17-year-old irons. Titleist has been stocking sets for Mr. Scott—even to the point of doing a limited production run in 2018 where they then released 400 sets for sale to the general public.

A lot of time has passed since 2003, and considering the classic nature of Scott’s Titleist 680, I figured now was a good time to look back at some other iconic clubs released around the same time.

Ping G2 driver

This was Ping’s first 460cc driver with a full shift into titanium head design. The previous Si3 models still utilized the TPU adjustable hosel, and this was considered a big step forward for the Phoenix-based OEM. The driver was a big hit both on tour and at retail—as was the rest of the G2 line that included irons.

TaylorMade RAC LT (first gen) irons

The RAC LTs helped position TaylorMade back among the leaders in the better players iron category. The entire RAC (Relative Amplitude Coefficient) line was built around creating great feeling products that also provided the right amount of forgiveness for the target player. It also included an over-sized iron too. The RAC LT went on to have a second-generation version, but the original LTs are worthy of “classic” status.

TaylorMade R580 XD driver

Honestly, how could we not mention the TaylorMade R580 XD driver? TM took some of the most popular drivers in golf, the R500 series and added extra distance (XD). OK, that might be an oversimplification of what the XD series offered, but with improved shape, increased ball speed outside of the sweet spot, and lower spin, it’s no wonder you can still find these drivers in the bags of golfers at courses and driving ranges everywhere.

Titleist 680MB irons

The great thing about blades is that beyond changing sole designs and shifting the center of gravity, the basic design for a one-piece forged head hasn’t changed that much. For Adam Scott, the 680s are the perfect blend of compact shape, higher CG, and sole profile.

Titleist 983K, E drivers

If you were a “Titleist player,” you had one of these drivers! As one of the last companies to move into the 460cc category, the 983s offered a classic pear shape in a smaller profile. It was so good and so popular, it was considered the benchmark for Titleist drivers for close to the next decade.

Cleveland Launcher 330 driver

It wasn’t that long ago that OEMs were just trying to push driver head size over 300cc, and Cleveland’s first big entry into the category was the Launcher Titanium 330 driver. It didn’t live a long life, but the Launcher 330 was the grandaddy to the Launcher 400, 460, and eventually, the Launcher COMP, which is another club on this list that many golfers will still have fond memories about.

Mizuno MP 33 irons

Although released in the fall of 2002, the Mizuno MP 33 still makes the list because of its staying power. Much like the Titleist 680, this curved muscle blade was a favorite to many tour players, including future world No. 1 Luke Donald. The MP 33 stayed in Mizuno’s lineup for more than four years and was still available for custom orders years after that. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a set now you are going to have to go the used route.

Callaway X-16 irons

The Steelhead X-16 was a big hit at retail for Callaway. It offered greater forgiveness than the previous X-14’s but had a more compact shape with a wider topline to inspire confidence. They featured Callaway’s “Notch” weighting system that moved more mass to the perimeter of the head for higher MOI and improved feel. There was a reduced offset pro series version of the iron, but the X-16 was the one more players gravitated towards. This is another game improvement club for that era that can still be found in a lot of golf bags.

Ben Hogan CFT irons

The Hogan CFTs were at the forefront of multi-material iron technology in 2003. CFT stood for Compression Forged Titanium and allowed engineers to push more mass to the perimeter of the head to boost MOI by using a thin titanium face insert. They had what would be considered stronger lofts at the time sounded really powerful thanks to the thin face insert. If you are looking for a value set of used irons, this is still a great place to start.

King Cobra SZ driver

In 2003, Rickie Fowler was only 15 years old and Cobra was still living under the Acushnet umbrella as Titleist’s game improvement little brother. The Cobra SZ (Sweet Zone, NOT 2020 Speed Zone) was offered in a couple of head sizes to appeal to different players. The thing I will always remember about the original King Cobra SZ is that it came in an offset version to help golfers who generally slice the ball—a design trait that we still see around today.

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Today from the Forums we delve into a subject dedicated to wedge fitting. Liquid_A_45 wants to know if wedge fitting is as essential for golfers as iron fitting, and our members weigh into the discussion saying why they feel it is just as imperative.

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.

  • Z1ggy16: “Super important if you’re a serious golfer. Even better if you can get fit outdoors on real grass and even go into a bunker.”
  • ThunderBuzzworth: “The biggest part of wedge fitting is yardage gapping and sole grinds. If you have a grind that doesn’t interact with the turf in your favor, it can be nightmarish around the greens. When hitting them try a variety of short game shots with different face angles etc. with the different grinds to see which one works best for what you need.”
  • Hawkeye77: “Wedge fitting I had was extremely beneficial when I got my SM6s a few years ago. Mostly for working with the different grinds and how they interacted with my swing and on different shots and having an eye on my swing to help with the process and evaluate the results. My ideas of what grinds were right for me based on researching on Titleist, etc. just were not correct in 2/3 of the wedges I ended up with as far as the grinds were concerned. Good to have an experienced fitter available to answer questions, control variables, etc.”
  • cgasucks: “The better you get at this game, the more important wedges are.”

Entire Thread: “The importance of wedge fitting”

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