Expert Review: Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select Flowback 5.5 PutterPublished on 03/14/2023 · 3 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for two days.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for two days.
The Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select Flowback is a tremendous putter with great feel and consistency. This putter would be ideal for that golfer looking to take that next step in their game, whether breaking 90 or winning their club championship.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2020 Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select Flowback 5.5
- Shape: Mallet
- Hosel Neck: Single bend
- Balance Point: 12in
- Shaft Length: 35in
- Grip Type: Regular
- Finish: Silver
- Average Score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Stroke Type: Straight back and through, traditional grip
- Golf Ball Used: Callaway ERC Triple Track
- Height: 5’9’’
- When I tested the putter: Demoed it on two different occasions
- Days tested: 2
- Where I’ve used it: Indoor practice green
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Indoor
- Green Speed: Slow to Medium
- Grass Type: Turf
How it performs
What I was looking for
I prefer mallet putters over any other type of putter, so I wanted to give the Flowback 5.5 a try because it is very aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Secondly, I am a feel putter and wanted a soft face that would allow me to feel the putt through contact more consistently.
Why I chose this club
This putter is top of the line from its appearance down to its performance. The soft feel in the face and balance allow the ball to roll pure off the face with consistency. Putting is all about feel, and this putter checks all the boxes.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The mid-milled face really allowed me to feel the club striking the ball, which helped with distance control.
- Forgiveness: The Special Select Flowback was very forgiving as it has a soft face that comes off consistently even when the putt isn’t struck perfectly.
- Alignment: Sharp alignment with the all-silver feature and the single black line ensure proper setup and alignment of each putt.
- Aesthetic Appeal: Amazing. Pulling this out of the bag is a nice feeling. The steel shaft down to the all-silver mallet head really makes the putter stand out.
- Grip Feel: Grip feel was solid. It has a regular grip which is comfortable regardless of hand placement.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Weight: This putter is lighter than I would have liked. It weighs 360g, but I am used to 365g or more, as this helps me stay down on my putts and connect with the ball better on longer lag putts.
- Customization: I would have liked to see how a 33in or 34in putter would have performed and how that would have changed the overall weight of the putter.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
I demoed this putter on two different occasions to gain a feel for how it would perform. Consistency was the name of the game. I made 10 5-footers in a row and eight out of 10 10-footers. I will take those numbers all day for a guy who doesn’t play as much as he used to.
Value for the money vs. other options
If someone is looking for a higher-end mallet putter, I recommend the Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select Flowback Putter. However, I think there are other cheaper options out there that will perform well (Odyssey Ten Triple Track and Taylormade Spider EX #3), but the quality and consistency of this putter cannot be denied.
Overall, the Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select Flowback Putter unlocks potential. The potential to make more long putts and consistently knock down those 5-10 foot pressure putts without breaking a sweat.