Expert Review: Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 PutterPublished on 03/14/2023 · 5 min read This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in April of 2018.
All photos courtesy of Lincoln P.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in April of 2018.
Since adding the Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 to my bag, I’ve gained consistency, accuracy, and I’ve honestly been able to minimize the back-breaking 3-putts. This putter is geared for the golfer who has more of an arching stroke, and it will help with distance control as well as accuracy on long putts.
About the club I own
- Model: 2015 Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2
- Shape: Blade
- Hosel Neck: L-Neck
- Balance: 45° hanger
- Shaft Length: 32 inches (Total putter length is 35”)
- Grip Type: Matador, Turbo Blue, Mid-Size
- Finish: Silver Mist
- Average Score: 84
- Handicap: 12.3
- Experience: 7 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Stroke Type: Slightly arching
- Golf Ball Used: Callaway Chrome Soft Triple Track
- Height: 6’0”
- When I bought the putter: April 2018
- Days tested: 200+ days
- Where I’ve used it: In my office, on practice greens, and on the course
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Sunny days, post-rain greens, very windy days
- Green Speed: slow, medium-slow, medium, medium-fast, and fast
- Grass Type: Typically bent grass, but I’ve used it on bermuda and poa annua greens as well
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was struggling to find consistency in my putting game with my mallet putter. My putts were all over the place, and I found it extremely difficult to dial them in. I was looking for a putter that worked well with my slightly arching putter stroke, would control the ball, and give me a nice feel at impact.
Why I chose this club
I ended up choosing this putter because I wanted a putter that would turn heads with its appearance and its performance on the green. The Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 checked all of my boxes. The blade putter fit my putting stroke perfectly, and it had the feel I was looking for, as well as the control. I’m a lot more confident and comfortable putting from anywhere on the green now.
Before purchasing this putter, I looked at other options and I tested out some TaylorMade, Ping, and Odyssey putters. Ultimately I was drawn to the overall feel and control of the Special Select Newport 2. Since I also wanted a putter that would turn heads, how could I pass up the opportunity to put a Scotty Cameron in my bag?
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The feel and feedback are great, and the milled face helps you know where you hit the ball each time. I love how putts feel coming off the face of this putter—I can really feel everything.
- Weight: The weight is perfect for me. My putter has a pair of 20g weights on it, and it's the perfect weight so I can still control the power on my putts.
- Alignment: An L-neck hosel allows for this putter to be lined up to the ball perfectly.
- Length: Scotty Cameron offers multiple lengths with this putter, so there are plenty of options available to make sure golfers get the length that is best suited for them.
- Aesthetic Appeal: This is one of the most aesthetically pleasing putters on the market—it will definitely turn heads.
- Grip Feel: The grip is comfortable and gives a nice responsive feel to the golfer. It doesn’t take anything away from the golfer’s ability to feel their putts.
- Customization: There are multiple customization options that can be individually added to this putter. These customizations are done in the Scotty Cameron custom shop in Southern California.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Forgiveness: This putter is geared more towards the golfer who can putt off the sweet spot most of the time. It isn’t the most forgiving putter, but if golfers slightly miss the sweet spot, they will still end up with a good putt.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
My best putt came in my best round with this putter. When I get on the green, my goal is to two-putt, get the first putt close, and sink the second one. I was having my best round ever. I had a few birdies, hit some tough putts to save a bunch of pars, and had a few bogeys, but on the penultimate hole I was faced with a 60-foot uphill putt. I didn’t do super hot on that hole and I was putting for par when I saw where my ball landed on the green…my stomach dropped. I hoped for the best, read the green, lined up my putt, and I let this putter go to work. I was hoping to just get the ball close to the hole so I could tap in a bogey and move on, but the ball had the perfect pace on it and it was a beauty of a putt. I nailed it. It was only to save par, but it was a memory I’ll never forget.
Value for the money vs. other options
I feel that this putter is more than worth the money, and it truly has helped my game. After testing out a Ping Anser, Nike Method, and Taylormade Tour Black Daytona putters, I noticed I wasn’t putting the way I wanted to. Then I got my hands on a Special Select Newport 2 and it was as though everything clicked. My putter was quite a bit more expensive than the other putters, but it was more than worth it. My putting has truly been more consistent, and this putter is a massive part of the reason I broke into the lower mid-handicap range.
I would recommend this putter to anyone who wants performance and good looks in a putter. This putter unlocks birdie opportunities and par saves. It truly is a game-changer. Not only will this putter help you on the green, but it’ll increase your bag appeal as well.