Expert Review: Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2.5 PutterPublished on 02/22/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in April of 2021.
All photos courtesy of Andrew Abbott
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in April of 2021.
The Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2.5 is a great putter for golfers with an arc or toe flow in their putting stroke. This putter feels amazing and rolls the ball very pure each and every time. The Newport 2.5 will certainly give players added confidence on the putting greens.
About the club I own
- Model: 2021 Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5
- Shape: Blade
- Hosel Neck: Plumber Neck
- Balance Point: Toe Flow
- Shaft Length: 35 inches
- Grip Type: Scotty Cameron Pistolini
- Finish: Stainless Steel
- Average Score: 70
- Handicap: +2
- Experience: 5 years playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Stroke Type: Arc
- Golf Ball Used: TaylorMade TP5x
- Height: 6’0”
- When I bought the putter: April 2021
- Days tested: 100+
- Where I’ve used it: Putting mats and various golf course greens
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Wind, rain, clear, and warm and cold conditions
- Green Speed: 8-14 on the stimpmeter
- Grass Type: Bent, Bermuda, and poa annua greens
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a putter with more weight than my previous putter. I prefer to make a solid stroke and not feel like I have to hit putts really hard, so I wanted a putter with more weight. I also wanted to find a putter that would roll the ball very smoothly and consistently every time.
Why I chose this club
I chose to buy this putter even with the higher price tag. I chose this putter because I loved the feel of putts off the face and the ability to adjust the weights if needed. Additionally, this putter made me feel so confident on mid-range putts. I was between the Scotty Cameron and the Mizuno M.Craft but chose the Scotty putter because I preferred the look and feel.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The face feels amazing on all putts. I am surprised that the face still feels very soft even on mishit putts.
- Weight: The weight of the putter is one of the biggest reasons I purchased it because it has a solid feel and weight and does not feel too light, allowing me to make confident strokes.
- Length: 35 inches is a great length for me due to my height because it allows me to stand up more rather than be bent over.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The Scotty Cameron blade putters are, in my opinion, the best-looking putters in the world, which is definitely something I considered during purchasing.
- Grip Feel: The rubber Pistolini grip from Scotty Cameron is my favorite putter grip because it is the perfect mix of a larger grip to help minimize wrist movement while still being small enough to feel lots of control over the clubface.
- Customization: There are endless options to customize Scotty Cameron putters. Even after purchasing one, I can send it to the Scotty Cameron team to customize the colors and add stamping as well. I have not sent my putter in for customization yet; however, I plan to do so this year. Some of my golf friends have sent their Scotty Cameron putters in for customization and have told me it is a very simple and easy process. They also said that the quality is very good.
- Balance: I love the balance of this putter. I have an arching putter stroke rather than straight back straight through. Therefore, the toe hang balance on this putter is perfect for my style stroke because the toe slightly opens during the backstroke, comes to square at impact, and ends up slightly closed in the follow-through to fit my arc stroke perfectly.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Forgiveness: I feel the Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5 is not the most forgiving putter available, especially on shorter putts. Forgiveness is certainly there on longer putts, but I feel a mishit is sometimes punished on short putts.
- Alignment: The Newport 2.5 has various options for alignment, such as a line or dot; however, I feel the alignment is not nearly as helpful as it is on a larger head, mallet-style putter.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
The best putt I ever hit with this putter was on the 18th hole in a match with some of my best friends. I had a 25-foot putt that I needed to make to force us to play extra holes. I felt so confident with this putter from mid-range and had a relatively straightforward putt and was able to make it, but unfortunately lost in the playoff. The best round I ever had with this putter was when I shot 68 with a total of 23 putts. It felt like I was making every putt I looked at. If I had only hit more greens in regulation, I could have had a very low score.
Value for the money vs. other options
The best comparison to the Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5 is the Mizuno M.Craft type 2. I actually have both putters, and they are both amazing. There is not much of a difference between the two putters. They both feel amazing and roll the ball very smoothly. The Scotty Cameron is a slightly longer head and also looks a little better, in my opinion. However, the M.Craft is roughly $100 cheaper than the Scotty Cameron. Either putter will be a great addition to anyone’s golf bag.
The Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5 putter is one of the best blade putters on the market. The putter has very good weighting and a very soft face. This putter will certainly give more confidence to golfers with an arcing putter stroke and help them make more putts.