New Scotty putter in bag. How long to get aquatinted?

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By JDobkin

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  1. JDobkin

    Los Angeles

    I finally made the leap into the Scotty Cameron family. I’ve been eyeballing a square back 2 for some time and after a test session at my local golf shop I had to have it. Did it roll it better than my current odyssey? Probably not. But I wanted it and since Covid I haven’t really done anything but golf so I figured nows the time.

    Today was my first round with it in the bag and I gotta say it was not a good outing. 3 putts were abundant and I just couldn’t get a feel on the speed. It’s my home course so I know the greens and how they break but man was it punishing today. So my question for you all is how long do you give a new putter for its “break in” period. Because after today’s round and the grief I got from my guys after all those three putts, I was ready to take the putter back today.

  2. Todd T

    Todd T
    San Diego, CA

    If it fits your eye, keep rolling it.. Put in the work at home and just trust it! (maybe a lesson?) Good Luck!
  3. Todd T

    Todd T
    San Diego, CA

    If it fits your eye, keep rolling it.. Put in the work at home and just trust it! (maybe a lesson?) Good Luck!
  4. Ruben C

    Ruben C
    Brownsville, TX

    Well it depends. Lets get the full story. Did you get there and get on the putting green before the round or was it straight to the first tee from the parking lot? Second What putter and style did you have before? In other words Prev (Mallet,blade headweight) compared to the SC. If you did hit the putting green before the round was it for x amount of time or was just a couple of putts? What were the weather conditions? I know its a few questions but to trying to be informed. I would recommend you give yourself an hour on the putting green. Lag putts, different length putts 3 and 4 foot putts make those and the confidence goes up. The more you use while not in the golf round the faster you will get use to it. Just my opinion.
  5. JDobkin

    Los Angeles

    I wish I would have spent some time on the putting green but of course it was straight to the tee box and the putter was in action without any getting to know it. So the weight and grip are completely new to me and that blame falls squarely on my shoulders.

    To add a little to the backstory, I have always putted blades. My usual miss is short and hanging it out to the right. The longest running putter in my bag was an Odyssey White Hot #3 that I still have. I think I have had that putter since 1997. It did the job but I never felt super confident with the putter on anything over 12', lag putts were not my friend. So last year I put an Odyssey Marksman into the bag to try out the mallet shape. I like that putter BUT on the longer putts it tends to skip before it rolls out and that can throw the put off line. Also, because of the shape I always felt that it was hanging open on short puts and I would try to fight it and turn it over. Thats not something I want to be doing. I just want it to feel square at impact. When I went to the golf shop and rolled the Scotty I made sure to putt from 20' and get a sense of the roll with the Square Back. On the fake grass it was great. Its a nice balance of blade and mallet and I felt like the face was ALWAYS square at impact.

    I would LOVE to schedule a putter fitting at the Scotty Cameron workshop some day. Its only a 2 hour drive for me. And the smarter side of my brain knows thats what I should have done. BUT, the impulsive side of my brain won that day at the golf shop and the idea of having a Scotty in my bag won over any sensible decision to be made. The golf shop has a 90 day return policy so if I don't love it I can always return it. I'll update this thread as I get more time with it. So far I have 2 rounds with it and I play agin this Sunday.

    Thanks for all the feedback Team Titleist. This game is a constant battle that I love fighting.
  6. Just curious, were you short consistently? Long consistently? Or both? I'm sure it will just get some getting used to. I was dabbling with the idea of getting a mallet style putter last summer and borrowed one and the first two rounds I was lights out with it. I was on the verge of buying one, then a couple more rounds went by and I was back to normal again.
  7. I got a newport 2.5 last year and it took some time, a couple time outs, but I am finally making great putts. Try different weights or maybe a new grip. I know I have mine at 34 inches and I tried 10,15,20 gram weights. Once you fine tune it to your stroke, you'll be way more confident. Enjoy the new putter.
  8. Dave N

    Dave N
    Lady Lake, FL

    Dude Rome wasn't built in a day.
  9. Andrew A

    Andrew A
    Charlotte, NC

    It's tough to say but if the line has been correct and speed is your overall concern, it just a matter of praticing. You also could try adjusting the weights to find something more comfortable.
    Hit the practice and get some good reps in from short distances and slowly move out as you gain comfort with 10-15-20-30 feet away.
  10. As the others have said and I sort of agree, just keep working with it if you like it. I went through the same kind of thing last year. I bought a Squareback and loved it at the store but couldn't putt worth anything on the course. So I took it back and just stayed with my Ody blade. I was stumped as to why it was so good at the store and not so good on the course but I figured that at the store it was a perfect place to putt. Concrete floor that was perfectly flat with a covering with no knap or grain. So I had no up or down or side to side putts on a surface that was so fast that I didn't have to barely breathe on the ball to hit a ten footer. Nothing like a course with grain and breaks. So if I ever look for a different putter, I'm going to try to find a place that has actual grass to try it on so I get a better sense for what it feels like in real life. However, with all of that said, keep working on it and have fun.

    Mark F
  11. tony k

    tony k
    bradenton, FL

    Sometimes it helps if you get some professional help in finding the right putter. I have two Lagunas that I love visually but my Notchback works tons better with my stroke.
  12. Don O

    Don O
    Madison, WI

    Eyeing a putter shape/design tends to play an important part of the decision. Often undervalued is a toe hang that matches your swing, with toe hang from face balance to near maximum. The more arch in your swing, the more toe hang can be your friend. I struggled with face-balanced mallets. Using a fitting at Cameron Showcase, a straight through swing was shown to be fighting my natural swing. A medium toe hang requires less compensation to keep the strike on line. The hard part for LH golfers is only 4 of 14 SC options are available in LH.
  13. Steve S

    Steve S
    Tuckerton, NJ

    Hey JDobkin, I put my first Scotty in my bag last week. I really couldn't be happier with it. It was worth the wait. I took the great folks at TTs advice and got fitted. What a difference. In two rounds, I've only 3 putted one time. But, I was able to spend several hours on the practice green. I'm sure good days with your new Scotty is near!
    Play Well,
    Steve S.
  14. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Play, play, play......on different types of greens......only way to find out how you and the new model work well together........would not hurt to practice on distancing and feel........I picked up a used Scotty Newport 2 Pro Platinum a month ago and the first time I putted with it, I knew the feel was right.....I just need more time on the course with it......I stay with the Newport 2 line of putters (I have two other newer models, Newport 2 Select Notchback in Black and Chrome....... Cheers and happy putting....

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