I ordered my Monterey (34" : 69* Lie : Stand Loft) today and find myself somewhat anxious to receive/play with it. I wonder how long it will take to arrive, as I have noticed a slight shipping delay. Although I have some reservation about impacting the resell value, I may actually send it to the Custom Shop at the end of this season for some added personal touches.
As this will be my first Ancer (traditional-style) putter, I do wonder if there will be a significant adaptation curve, as I have used an malet-styled putter since I started playing three years ago -- and will unfortunately continue using it until I receive my very first Scotty.
That said, I have two question for the TT community:
As a side note, I got fitted for my putter just prior to ordering it. I am very glad I took this extra step, as I learned several key things:
Therefore, I must say to everyone...
... GET FITTED, IF YOU HAVEN"T ALREADY BEEN. YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID - IT MIGHT SAVE YOU A COUPLE BUCKS and A FEW STROKES
Ryan Crysler, TPI GP3Senior InstructorButch Harmon Floridianhttp://Butchharmonfloridian.com
Great questions, here are my two cents....
First, the material of the putter and shape I think Ryan did a good job of going over...I will defer my opinion to the second question.
Second, in regards to resell value I have a lot of experience in this area. Since you are purchasing what is called an "OTR" or a.k.a. off the rack, the resale value will be limited depending on "condition" from $100-$300 going forward generally speaking. If you have the Custom Shop make some person adjustments such as your name or initials they may depreciate the value further (afterall, who wants a used putter with the name or initials of someone else...of course unless your name is Rory or Tom Watson etc...! LOL). If you go more generic such as engraving like a clover or the custom shop logo it may slightly appreciate the putter by a few dollars but nothing significant. Eitherway, I would recommend doing whatever you like...and make it very personal...over the years Scotty has various engravings come and go such as Jackpot Johnny which is one of my favorites...the fact that JJ is no longer available and is a cool design means a lot to me. I have not done my initials too often except for a few cases on putters I know that I will never sell. There are some things you can DO (I would only do these via the Scotty Cameron Custom Shop though) which will help your putter be even more playable such as "bead blasting" the finish so it is slightly darker (costs about $80-$100 extra) and will not shine in the sunshine but be more dull finish. You can also make the putter weigh more or less depending on what swingweight you like as well as you do some generic cosmetic changes such as a new shaft band, engraving on the sole weights if applicable, add extra sight lines to the flange or top line, etc...etc...
Have fun with it!