Expert Review: Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport PutterPublished on 03/14/2023 · 3 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested twice - once in September of 2022 and once in November of 2022.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested twice - once in September of 2022 and once in November of 2022.
The Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport is a top-of-the-line blade putter. It has a sleek look that is incredibly soft off the face, which allows the golfer to feel the putt strike, consistently leading to more holed putts.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2020 Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport
- Shape: Blade
- Hosel Neck: Plumber
- 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 in September and November of 2022
- 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, but I was testing the Scotty Cameron Special Select putters and wanted to give the Newport a try. It offered a lot of feel on both long and short putts, which is why I rated the feel and forgiveness so highly.
Why I chose to test 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 which I would say was better than most of the other high-end putters in terms of feel.
- Forgiveness: The Special Select Newport is very forgiving. Its soft face helps feel not only on longer lag putts but on those right-to-left breaking putts too. My ability to make putts on off-centered shots was again better than other putters as the ball rolled further and straighter due to its milled face design.
- Alignment: It has sharp alignment features with the all-silver head and the single black line, which ensure proper setup and alignment of each putt.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The steel shaft to the all-silver blade head makes the putter stand out.
- Grip Feel: The grip feel was good for a traditional regular putter grip. It is tacky and allows for a good connection between hand and club.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Weight: This putter is lighter than I would have liked. It weighs 340g, 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 was consistently lagging 30-plus foot putts within 2-3 feet almost every time, which definitely enhanced my short-game scoring.
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 Newport 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 Newport Putter unlocks massive consistency from long range. This putter will help any golfer, regardless of handicap, hole more putts and decrease their 3 putts.