A Modern Craftsman
Inside the Scotty Cameron Putter Studio in Southern California, my team and I are focused on one simple goal, producing the finest putters in the world.
Every day, we strive to learn more about how the ball, the putter and the golfer work together, and how we can improve that connection. Using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, we gather information on how the world's best players approach putting. With those insights we continually experiment with new designs, materials and technologies.
This guide will help you select a putter to improve your performance on the green. The key elements of putter selection are length and
toe flow, but all aspects of putter selection - including shape, weight, loft and lie are explained.
Whichever Scotty Cameron putter you choose, you can count on an unparalleled attention to detail that ensures complete harmony between how it looks, sounds, feels and performs.
Putters are personal.
Many players pick a shape that complements their stroke. Technical strokes tend to prefer square shapes and mechanical necks. Players that want to rid themselves of technical thoughts tend towards softer lines and flowing necks.
All Scotty Cameron putters are precision milled so the critical angles of the face, sole and shaft ensure each putter sits squarely. Each head is shaped and softened to flow to the ground and inspire confidence at address.
Scotty Cameron Select putters are modern blades and mid mallets designed to meet the requirements of the world's best players.
Putters are not pendulums.
Putters do not swing vertically back and through along the target line. Because of lie angle, the proper putting stroke moves along an arcing path: slightly inside of the target line, back to square, then to the inside again after impact.
The proper length putter correctly sets eye position just inside the target line, and the correct amount of toe flow allows the putter to flow squarely to the proper arcing path throughout the stroke.
The best players in the world keep the face square to the arcing path and the butt of the putter pointed at the midsection throughout the stroke. Selecting the right putter will help you do the same.
Everyone needs toe flow.
In order for the putter head to move squarely along the proper arcing path, the toe of the putter must "flow" throughout the stroke. How and where the neck or shaft of the putter joins the head determines its toe flow.
If your stroke does not track along the proper arcing path, choose a putter that helps correct it. If your stroke flows
naturally, choose a putter that flows with it. This will reduce the tendency to manipulate the putter face with your hands. The best way to find the toe flow that corrects or complements your stroke is to hit straight, flat putts from 20 feet to see what works best.
Length Sets Eye Position
The ideal putter length sets your eyes 1-2" inside of the target line to allow you to execute the proper arcing putting stroke while maintaining good posture and balance.
If your putter is too long, your setup posture will be too upright with your eyes set too far inside the target line. For a right-handed golfer this results in a path that starts too far inside and putts pushed to the right.
If your putter is too short, your setup posture will be too hunched over with your eyes set too far outside the target line. For a right-handed golfer this results in a path that starts too far outside and putts pulled to the left.
For most players, the standard Scotty Cameron weight configuration will produce the ideal balance and feel to execute the proper stroke. If your stroke tends to decelerate, if your hands get too active, or if you have too much wrist break, you should consider a heavier head or a Dual Balance putter that is heavier overall.
Loft & Lie
Scotty Cameron Putter Studio research shows that a ball pushes down slightly into the grass on a green, and that 3.5° of loft is needed to lift the ball up and on to the surface for a smooth roll.
The key to finding the proper lie angle is finding the correct putter length. Standard lie angle works for the vast majority of players if they have the correct length.
Dual Balance vs. Conventional.
Players that struggle to produce a flowing stroke with a conventional length putter should consider Dual Balance. Scotty Cameron Dual Balance putters feature a +50g heavier head weight, 50g counter weight, and 38” standard length. The larger diameter, 15” long Dual Balance grip is designed to be gripped down to place the shaft weight above the hands. The combination of the heavier head, shaft weight and larger grip stabilize the stroke by reducing the common faults of flipping, pushing or dragging with the hands.