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Scotty Cameron putter - shortening the shaft?

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I have heard that shortening the shaft of a Scotty Cameron putter can throw the weight/balance out of whack... Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks in advance!
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Re: Scotty Cameron putter - shortening the shaft?

that's correct, don't cut the shafts. each length putter has a different weight for the putter head for balance.
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Originally Posted by apex53 View Post
I have heard that shortening the shaft of a Scotty Cameron putter can throw the weight/balance out of whack... Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks in advance!
It is true the shaft of a Cameron being shortened can throw it off, but to be honest I'm not sure you would ever notice. It has also been said you should never take off the original grip off a Cameron. I have regripped my Cameron numerous times and haven't noticed a difference. In fact, because i now have a preferred grip and preferred alignment i put better. I would say go ahead man, make your putter the way you like it.
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Re grip it as much as you like.. That one is BS. But Don't cut the shaft!

I have a Studio Style that has been cut and now I hate it.
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Re: Scotty Cameron putter - shortening the shaft?

Originally Posted by VardonFlyer View Post
It is true the shaft of a Cameron being shortened can throw it off, but to be honest I'm not sure you would ever notice. It has also been said you should never take off the original grip off a Cameron. I have regripped my Cameron numerous times and haven't noticed a difference. In fact, because i now have a preferred grip and preferred alignment i put better. I would say go ahead man, make your putter the way you like it.
That's kind of what I thought... I just don't putt well with a 35" putter... The newer model Camerons have the option of 33, 34, and 35 inch lengths and the weight is different for each model... I just bought an older Cameron and wanted to make it 33... I appreciate the insight!
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My pro is a short man and uses a very short putter 32.5. He wanted a lighter head weight with his SC so he cut a 35 down to a 33. He has a couple of strips of lead tape on the sole but besides that i didnt notice much a difference between when the putter was 35in to the 33 it is now.
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Originally Posted by VardonFlyer
It is true the shaft of a Cameron being shortened can throw it off, but to be honest I'm not sure you would ever notice. It has also been said you should never take off the original grip off a Cameron. I have regripped my Cameron numerous times and haven't noticed a difference. In fact, because i now have a preferred grip and preferred alignment i put better. I would say go ahead man, make your putter the way you like it.

If you want to spend the money you can go to the Scotty Cameron web site and send it in to get shortened and they will change the weighting to match the new length.
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Originally Posted by OldDog66 View Post
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Originally Posted by VardonFlyer
It is true the shaft of a Cameron being shortened can throw it off, but to be honest I'm not sure you would ever notice. It has also been said you should never take off the original grip off a Cameron. I have regripped my Cameron numerous times and haven't noticed a difference. In fact, because i now have a preferred grip and preferred alignment i put better. I would say go ahead man, make your putter the way you like it.

If you want to spend the money you can go to the Scotty Cameron web site and send it in to get shortened and they will change the weighting to match the new length.
Or for the same price as sending the putter in you could just get a new one of ebay. I alos have to shorten my red x atleast 2 inches, ill just ask my coach what he thinks and post it here.
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I cut a 35" Ping zing2 putter down to 34" and, believe it or not, it really made it "feel" a lot lighter. This is part of the reason I stopped using it, made it feel less stable on off center hits. If you can't increase the head weight to 350gm or so at 33" it won't feel the same as the 330gm head on the 35" shaft. People will suggest lead tape but that's not a very elegent solution, might try some sort of internal weighting to the shaft to provide the weight. I'd talk to a club maker, surely they have something they use for these situations...
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Without a doubt don't cut it. The heads all have a different weight to match the length of the club. It is supposed to have a really good balance point. If you mess with the shaft (and weight of the the shaft) you would throw off the swingweight of your putter.

I also read that switching grips can also throw the swingweight off quite a bit. I forget the exact relation of grip weight to s.w., but it does affect it. I have used a Cameron with a jumbo grip and it felt like crap. Then I used my friend's Cameron (same version) with a Cameron grip and there was a world of difference.
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i cut mine down and it feels great
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I cut my Scotty circa 62 down an inch and have never putted better at least i did but now i cant play because it has not gotten out of the 20s for a week now!!!!
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Go ahead and cut it. If you don't like it put a plug init.
Another thing I do besides lead tape on the sole is to put lead tape lead tape under the grip. The golf pride guy gave me this tip.

Remove the grip, wind 6" or so of the lead tape then put the double sided grip tape over the lead tape and slide the new grip on.
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I sent mine into Scotty to have it done right. The place that I bought mine fron only had a 35" and 34". I prefer the 33". So I bought one and sent it into the custom shop. I had it cut to 33", re-gripped, and put the extra heavy weights in the head. I switched from a mallet to a blade and I really like the extra mass in the head, so a straight shaft cut would have been a step in the wrong direction for me.

Also, the idea of shortening the putter length and making it feel lighter does not only apply to Cameron putters. If you cut any putter down it will feel lighter.
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Originally Posted by sandtrap View Post
Remove the grip, wind 6" or so of the lead tape then put the double sided grip tape over the lead tape and slide the new grip on.
While this in fact would change the total weight of the club, it seems it would still not return the original swing weight (and likely change it completely yet again) due to so much of the weight now being carried high in the grip...
post #16 of 23

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i dont understand why you cant cut the shaft down. i wanted a 35" Newport with a 360g head but i could only find a 34" with a 360g head. so i bought the 34", added a 1" extension, and poof, i had my 35" Newport with a 360g head... i would think it would be the same thing the other way around?
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Originally Posted by RocketSauce View Post
i dont understand why you cant cut the shaft down. i wanted a 35" Newport with a 360g head but i could only find a 34" with a 360g head. so i bought the 34", added a 1" extension, and poof, i had my 35" Newport with a 360g head... i would think it would be the same thing the other way around?
Not really. Think about it like a sledge hammer. Take an 8lb hammer on a 16" handle, grab it by the end of the handle and hold it out straight, say it's a bit heavy but your wrist/arm will support it. Now take that same 8lb hammer head and put it on a 36" handle and try to do the same: it will be WAY harder. Due to the greater length (I guess it increases the leverage the hammer has over the arm/wrist) the perceived weight of the head is increased. The same thing is happening when you cut or extend a club shaft.

Worth noting is that in this example we have probably altered the ACTUAL TOTAL weight of the hammer very slightly but we have exponentially increased the force it exerts on a body attempting to hold the hammer parallel to the ground (ie the "Swing-Weight")

Sorry to get so wordy, I realize this is a much exaggerated example but still the same principle...
post #18 of 23

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Your putter will feel noticibly lighter. I cut My TeI3 from 35 to 33 inches and it feels alot lighter when you swing it. For me, i put a little lead tape on the bottom, and that helped..but it was really a matter of re-learing my "feel" It will be different, but it shouldnt make you putt any different, it will just take some getting used too.
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