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Pick One: Studio Style (350g), Studio Stainless (350g), Pro Platinum (Mil-Spec 350g) or Circa 62 No. 3 (350)?


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#1 RobDMB

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 03:13 PM

Looking to pick up a 350g Scotty.  All of the above can be found in 350g variants.  Understanding that feel is personal, what are everyone's thoughts on the above?

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 03:15 PM

Easy one.

Studio Stainless NP2



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 03:36 PM

I prefer carbon. Mil-spec or Circa..Mil-spec first choice

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 03:46 PM

Milspec or circa

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 03:52 PM

Mil-Spec 100% for the shape and feel alone.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 04:07 PM

+1 for mil-spec
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 04:30 PM

Keep in mind the Mil-Spec and Circa 62 are carbon steel and plated (although an early version of the Circa 3 was carbon steel and not plated--it had a very poor black oxide finish). Personally, I don't like carbon steel because I'm always afraid the plating will chip and I'll get rust spots.

The Studio Style has an insert that I think looks goofy. It's a stainless steel insert so the feel is very similar to the Studio Stainless.

The Studio Stainless gets my vote (and I've owned a few through the years, and currently own one). It is a no-nonsense gamer. Looks good and very durable.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 04:54 PM

Iíd go Studio Stainless NP2, I donít much care for face inserts or high maintenance finishes.  Iíve got a 2.5 and love the feel but I would rather have it in a NP2 head if I had the choice.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 05:55 PM

A vote for a mil spec. I know there are concerns over the carbon steel, but from my experience the pro platinum is a great coating (I have a 17 year old OTR pro platinum that still looks great) and is highly regarded.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:42 PM

I own all 4 of these in 350g (I also have a 340g Mil Spec and a 340g Studio Stainless NP2).  They are all EXCELLENT putters.
Personally, I prefer the NP head shape a little more than the Newport 2, so I'm a little biased.  However, the Studio Stainless putters are (IMO) the best feeling SS putters Scotty has ever made.  The GSS insert on the Studio Style putters has always felt a bit too firm to me.  However, "feel" is very personal so I suggest people try each putter themselves.  Keep in mind that "feel" also has a lot to do with the type of golf ball you use.  If you game a "harder" ball, like say a ProV1x, then you may prefer a softer feeling putter (like carbon).  If you game a ball like a Chrome Soft, then the Studio Style may feel best for you.
I would put the Mil Spec as my number one choice.  Yes it's carbon, but that Pro Plat finish is close to bullet proof.  I've owned several over the years and have never had any issues with the finish.  My second choice would be the Circa 3.  As much as I like the Newport head shape, there is just something about the way the Circa 3 sets up behind the ball that looks "right" to me.  I just love gaming mine.  After that I would go with the Studio Stainless NP2's.  If you prefer the NP2 head over the NP, then these should be your number one choice - no brainer.  Unless you want to drop the coin on a Timeless, these are the best NP2 gamers Scotty has ever put out.
I would place the Studio Style last, but only because it feels a bit too firm to me.........plus I never really cared that much for their look/graphics.  Some people prefer a firmer putter though, so it's really just up to each individual.  On top of that, I've seen these heads refinished in black (with the GSS insert remained silver) and they really look sweet.:)

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 11:33 PM

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:39 AM

I have a Circa 3.  34" 350g.  My favorite putter and I've had many.  So soft...

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 11:09 AM

Hi I'm a ''newbie'' here and intrigued by your thread. Hope you don't mind this post.

I get about 150 - 200 Scotties pass through my hands each year as I do Artisan refurbishment work in the UK.

I check quite a few out personally as they come in to me and there's even a range of difference between the same model. I totally agree with T - MAC on ball type. Completely different between compression types.  

In addition, you also get a different feel from the depth of milling.Older Pro Platinum's  and Circa's had [have] a relatively shallow depth of milling.

Newer models much deeper. I also agree Stainless steel gives a 'crisper' feel on impact and Carbon Steel definitely softer. Inserts also softer but the 'damping' effect very much to personal taste. Finally, knowing EXACTLY where the sweet spot is relative to your eyes etc. at set up is also very important. I have done a few straw polls at my club to see if my Pals could show me it on their putter face and you'd be surprised where they thought it was.............it isn't always exactly where the maker has set the sight line either.

You also left out hosel type - can make a big difference to / set up and feel but I assume in this case you are .  

One model you might also consider is the SC Studio Select Newport Two. This allows you to play around a little with toe and Heel weighting and again very dependant on your stroke / arc.

Finally the ''rust'' issue is simply a small 'care' issue.  Pro Plats. are pretty robust and the 'rough' ones are those that get smashed about in bags without a head cover.

If I had to vote on the four : then Mil -Spec.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 01:35 PM

I have the Oil Can 33/350... I think 300 were made...so you can add that one to the list as well
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 01:56 PM

 t8er, on 11 January 2018 - 01:35 PM, said:

I have the Oil Can 33/350... I think 300 were made...so you can add that one to the list as well

Thanks for all the feedback so far.  Thought about Oil Can 33/350 but figured it was in a higher price bracket compared to the others.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 05:08 PM

 RobDMB, on 11 January 2018 - 01:56 PM, said:

 t8er, on 11 January 2018 - 01:35 PM, said:

I have the Oil Can 33/350... I think 300 were made...so you can add that one to the list as well

Thanks for all the feedback so far.  Thought about Oil Can 33/350 but figured it was in a higher price bracket compared to the others.

It is.  
Quite a bit higher, in fact (depending on condition).
There is also a black ox Newport 33/350.  Even more rare than the oil can though.  Not to mention both of those are much harder to find.
Although finding the Asian Spec models - especially in good condition - isn't exactly a picnic either.  Good luck!

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:33 AM

Mil spec all day.

If you're not against using lead tape keep in mind that the 34"/340g variants can be had much cheaper than the 33"/350g.  35"/330g are even cheaper but you'd be hard pressed to add 20g without resorting to tungsten weights.
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:29 AM

''Curve ball''  :

SC Catalina Two 34/330 and maybe lead powder down the shaft and corked. Beautiful piece - bit like a Newport but slightly 'steroid-ed'. From the top the three sight lines frame the ball nicely.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:42 PM

Really tough one here
Im a newport guy, as well as a carbon fan, so of the options listed mil spec 350 for sure
But someone above listed the oil can and black ox 350s
Those two would be the top of my list
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:55 PM

Iíd go with the Studio Style Newport.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:46 PM

Studio stainless

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:38 PM

View PostScotty1140, on 10 January 2018 - 03:15 PM, said:

Easy one.

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 01:53 AM

View Postsmeech8000, on 12 January 2018 - 09:33 AM, said:

Mil spec all day.

If you're not against using lead tape keep in mind that the 34"/340g variants can be had much cheaper than the 33"/350g.  35"/330g are even cheaper but you'd be hard pressed to add 20g without resorting to tungsten weights.

This is true. ^^^

You can usually find the 340g heads cheaper, for sure.  One thing to keep in mind though (and some people don't realize this).......the Mils Specs are known for being heavier than their advertised weight.  A lot of times the 340g heads are closer to the 350g head weight then the 350g putters are.  My 340g Mil Spec actually weights 347g and both of my 350g heads are much heavier (356g & 358g).  I had a 356g head refinished quite awhile ago and it now weighs the 350g that it was supposed to weigh (my scale actually says 351g).
I think most 340g heads are actually in the 345-348 range.  Very easy to get them to 350g with a little lead / tungsten powder, if you have to add anything at all.

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 12:24 AM

reading most of the responses to the durability of the 350 mil spec... are you guys putting with rocks?? ive gamed the same 350 mil spec since it was released(2000) and had zero issues with it flaking/chipping. if it ever gets to that point, youre putting with a really torn up ball that shouldve been replaced or youre really mistreating that putter (leaving the cover off while playing, slamming after missing a putt ect)

as for the circa.... that id agree didnt have the best durability as far as finishes go.

my choice would be the mil spec.

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 05:04 AM

Save up and get the Asian Spec. Oil Can. If not; T-MAC makes great and very valid points about the weights. I have both models and have had similar results with the head weights. :-)

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:43 PM

Did the 350g oil cans actually weight 350g or did they tend to run heavy like mil-specs? Wondering if a 350g oil can was restored whether it would still be around 350g or significantly less.
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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:31 PM

View PostRobDMB, on 16 January 2018 - 09:43 PM, said:

Did the 350g oil cans actually weight 350g or did they tend to run heavy like mil-specs? Wondering if a 350g oil can was restored whether it would still be around 350g or significantly less.

Think they were pretty much on the money with their weight.  Can't speak for all of them, but I had one and it was 350g dead nuts.
I think the black 350g's were the same way.

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 08:25 AM

Recently picked up a Studio Stainless 350g (haven't rolled it yet).  May also pick up a pro platinum to compare and stick with the one i like best.

What is the best way to extend the 33" scotty putters - shaft extender or just put a new shaft in it?
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Posted 17 January 2018 - 12:14 PM

View PostRobDMB, on 17 January 2018 - 08:25 AM, said:

Recently picked up a Studio Stainless 350g (haven't rolled it yet).  May also pick up a pro platinum to compare and stick with the one i like best.

What is the best way to extend the 33" scotty putters - shaft extender or just put a new shaft in it?

View PostRobDMB, on 17 January 2018 - 08:25 AM, said:

Recently picked up a Studio Stainless 350g (haven't rolled it yet).  May also pick up a pro platinum to compare and stick with the one i like best.

What is the best way to extend the 33" scotty putters - shaft extender or just put a new shaft in it?

Either way is fine.  If you go with an extension, you have to go through pulling and replacing the grip.
For me, it would depend on the condition of the original shaft, shaftband, and grip.  If those items were all original and in good condition, I would probably pull the shaft, keep it in case I decided to sell the putter later, and replace the shaft and grip with new ones.  Shafts and grips are cheap and easy to do.

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 04:50 PM

Is it recommended to send it to Custom Shop if you reshaft? Or can it be done elsewhere?

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