Expert Review: Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 PutterPublished on 03/08/2023 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in March of 2021.
All photos courtesy of Andrew Abbott
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in March of 2021.
The Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 Putter 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 every time. The Newport 2 will certainly give players added confidence on the putting greens.
About the club I own
- Model: 2022 Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2
- 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 of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Stroke Type: Arc
- Golf Ball Used: TaylorMade TP5x
- Height: 6’0”
- When I bought the putter: March 2021
- Days tested: 200+
- Where I’ve used it: Practice greens, putting mats, and various golf courses
- Weather and Wind Conditions: High and low winds, rain, and clear
- Green Speed: 8-14 on the stimpmeter
- Grass Type: Bent, bermuda, poa annua
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 despite the higher price tag. I did so because I loved the feel of putts off the face and the ability to adjust the weights if needed. Additionally, the weight system for this putter is amazing because it allows a player to change the weights based on different green speeds. 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 of this putter feels so soft even without an insert, as I see on many soft-feeling putters. Scotty Cameron used a 303 stainless steel for this putter, and it feels so soft even with my TP5x golf ball, which has a more firm feeling.
- 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. Additionally, the ability to change weights is great for me because I can put lighter weights in for very fast greens and heavier weights for slower greens. This helps me not drastically change my stroke when playing different green speeds. I hate having a very long backstroke on slow greens or an extremely short, tap-motion stroke on fast greens. Therefore, the adjustable weight system helps to keep my stroke similar for all green speeds.
- 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 the best-looking putters in the world, in my opinion, which is definitely something I considered during purchasing. This putter has great lines and shape to create a classic-looking blade-style putter.
- 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: I personally did not customize this putter yet but I plan to send it to the Scotty Cameron Custom Shop at some point this year. However, there are various methods of customization with Scotty Cameron putters. Upon purchase, one can choose the paint fill colors or even stamping. Furthermore, even if one does not customize the putter after purchase, they can always send it to the Scotty Custom Shop, where the shop can custom stamp, paint fill, or even sight lines.
- Balance: I love the balance of this putter. I have an arc 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: The Scotty Cameron Newport 2 is not the most forgiving putter available compared to mallet-style putters. However, there is still an extreme amount of forgiveness. There have been multiple times I felt like I mishit a putt inside 15 feet, but the ball still stayed true to its line and fell into the cup.
- Alignment: The Newport 2 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 last hole of a match I was playing with a few friends. I was up one stroke heading into the last hole. My friend hit his approach shot to 15 feet, and I hit mine just inside him to about 14 feet. He ended up making his putt which tied us at one under par. I had to make my putt to win outright and had a downhill left to right breaking putt. Upon hitting the ball, I felt that I mishit it and was ready to go to extra holes; however, the forgiveness and weighting helped the putt get to the hole and go in. The best round I ever had with this putter was when I shot 68 with a total of 24 putts. It felt like I was making every putt I looked at. I could have scored very low if I had only hit more greens in regulation.
Value for the money vs. other options
The best comparison to the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 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 and has a black head option. Either putter will be a great addition to anyone’s golf bag.
The Scotty Cameron Newport 2 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.