There more unproven assertions in this paragraph than a month's worth of CNN headlines... I've probably seen 3 Bettinardis on the course in 15 years, and about 20,000 Camerons.
Is Scotty Cameron losing his grip on the putter industry? It seems so. Recent designs have shifted towards large mallets taking after other manufacturers. Even newer versions of classic designs such as the Newport have lost the luster and luxury feel that older models had. Is Titleist/Cameron shifting towards the mass-consumerist approach, chasing the profits and getting away from their roots? They may be chasing the $ now but in the end it may be a fatal blunder. The rise of custom putter companies and competition between them has made them more prevalent and much more popular. Scotty continues to keep putters locked up in the glass at retail stores while the newest Bettinardi line sits out next to it, asking to be tried out. What's the market for a Cameron putter now? Custom market is flooded with highly skilled putter makers alongside equal or greater quality milled putter companies at a lower pricepoint. The mid-price putter market is owned by Odyssey and even Cleveland. How much longer will people pay for the Scotty Cameron name?
Yup, this is true. I've seen thousands of Cameron's, I've played a bunch of golf with a bettinardi as I own a couple, and a friend of mine does as well, but other than us two I've seen less than five over the last 20 years.