The Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Studio Select somehow looks just right behind the ball. The version pictured here has the slightly narrower flange (area behind hitting surface) due to the wider toe and heel weights, and in that respect it is almost a total copy of the Ping Anser.
Where this outshines the Anser is in the softness of the back edges. Cameron has put his magic touch in there and it makes the overall impression less clunky than, say, the Ping Redwood Anser.
It sits wonderfully square and gives you a reassuring feeling of quality. Since
it also has a generally square shape and prominent aim line, it's also easy to
Just one other (tiny) thing to say about the Newport 2 ... it's the putter that Tiger Woods used for the majority of his major wins!
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How does a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 feel?
The different classes of Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putters have differing amounts of feel. The top-priced models are amazingly responsive - you feel everything through those gorgeous, but expensive heads.
Down at the budget end is the Newport 2 Studio Select. I've owned and used one of these for some time, but even after that length of time it's hard to describe precisely how it feels.
There's nothing negative to say about it, but I'm also left a bit underwhelmed by it. As you'd expect the feel is soft, and you certainly wouldn't feel worried to take it onto a lightning fast green, but it's just a bit dead... dare I say it unresponsive.
What I will say, though, is that you get very little feeling of weight in the toe with the Newport designs. Excellent if you're violent with the right hand and hook your putts left. On the other side of that coin, however the lack of "toe-throw" isn't good if you're a blocker who tends to hold the putter face open too long and miss more often to the right.
How does it roll the ball?
No quibbles here. The roll is excellent.
The Scotty Cameron Newport 2 a beautiful piece of putting craftsmanship. If you're looking for an anser style putter, you should definitely consider it.
Its varied models offer a selection of price points. The most basic "Studio Select" model is an affordable Cameron putter (plenty of used examples around the $100 / £70 mark), but you could spend many times that for a high-end Newport 2, and many of the early models are highly collectible.
This putter is not just a good looker; it's the George Clooney of putters - oozing style and simple class, and it's also extremely functional - especially if you like a moderate amount of "toe-throw" (i.e. feeling of weight in the toe).
A straightforward heel and toe design with great roll from the C-Groove
Nike Method 001The best of the Nike Method putters. Favored by Tiger Woods while he was contractually obliged to use a Nike putter. A standard looking Anser style putter, with nice roll and feel. But not good enough to stay in Woods' bag once Nike gave up on the golf equipment industry.
Nike Method 004Face balanced version of the Method 001. Favor this putter if you routinely pull your putts or you're trying to produce a straight-back-straight through stroke.
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