Scotty Cameron has made some changes over the years to his Newport-style heads, whether it's using various finishes like the Oil Can Classics, inserts made from Teryllium and German Stainless Steel, or even adding them to his Detour line last year. This year, Scotty is raising the customization bar with his new Studio Select line of putters.
What makes these so different from Newports of the past? Options, options, and more options with the highlight being the addition of removable weights that will give you the putter weight you desire without having to add unsightly lead tape.
Come join me as we take a look at the latest incarnation of the Newport.
If you liked the look of the Newport-style heads in the Studio Style line but not the insert or the multi-colored dots on the back, then you are going to be a happy camper as the German Stainless Steel (GSS) insert that was first introduced in the 2005 line is a thing of the past. The new Studio Select putters are milled from 303 stainless and will provide a slightly different feel and sound compared to the GSS insert of the Studio Style.
Besides the removal of the insert, the biggest change might be in the weight or rather the weights as removable circular weights are placed in the heel and toe and can be changed based on how heavy you want your putter to feel.
The Studio Style will also feature Scotty's traditional high toe set-up that reduces the tendency for players to raise the toe and aim left of target, as well as a stepless steel shaft we first saw introduced last year. In addition, there are three large red dots on the back of the putter, three smaller red dots at the heel of the face, some new graphics, new shaftbands, and a new headcover. If you are a fan of choices, then you are going to love the multitude of options available. Let's take a look at a few.
If decision making is not your forté or you get a headache when faced with too many choices, then the Studio Select is probably not the putter for you. The first choice you start off with is having to decide what body style you like; the Newport or the ever so slightly less "boxy" Newport 2. I'm more of a Newport 2 guy myself but they both look great.
After getting that out of the way, you must then decide what neck configuration you desire that will provide you with a good amount of toe flow for your stoke between the plumbing, short flair, and mid-slant. Stay with me, we're just getting warmed up!
Each model is offered in 33", 34", and 35" lengths so make you get fitted for the one that matches your physical makeup as well as your putting stroke. Another component of your putter fitting should include a lie adjustment. No worry as the Studio Select can be adjusted +/- 2 degrees from their standard lie of 71° to fit your individual putting stroke.
If you're not already going crazy with the options, then I probably shouldn't tell you that you have SIX grip options to choose from: the standard (new) Red Cameron Cord, Black Studio Design, Red Studio Design, Black Baby T, Red Baby T and Red Winn AVS Midsize. If none of those suit your fancy, don't forget the Custom Shop has many more to choose from.
Availability & Pricing
All models in the Studio Select line will be available right-handed. For the lefties out there, the Newport 2 model will be available in all three lengths as well. Set aside part of your tax rebate (or "stimulus package rebate") now as these babies carry a suggested retail price of $325 and will be available beginning March 15, 2008, conveniently right around my birthday!
I've putted with the Studio Style Newport 2 for the last couple of years and I must be one of the few who really liked the German Stainless Steel insert and almost hate to see it go. The feel when matched with a Pro V1 is fantastic to me, but then again, people's thoughts on putters and what works for them varies much more so than with any other club in the bag.
In the end, I'm sure I'll be giving the new Studio Select line a try just because well, I love putters (who doesn't!), these look beautiful but also the option to get a Newport 2 body style that is slightly heavier than my current 340 gram one would be great. Now I only need to wait until March, which will be just about the time our frosty below zero weather that has been hanging around the upper Midwest leaves us.