Scotty Cameron Newport 2
How does it look behind the ball?
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!
on a Scotty Cameron putter...
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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).
Others to consider:
Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5 Center Shaft
The classic shape, different hosel ... but same awesome feel.
Ping Redwood Anser
The design which has won more pro events than any other, made with top quality materials. This Ping is a winner!
Odyssey Black iX 1
Perhaps Odyssey's best early effort to eclipse the Scotty Camerons and Ping Ansers.
Ping Karsten Anser
Unbeatable on price and right up there for feel and design.
The Anser is the putter that has been copied a thousand times - now available from Ping at a variety of prices.
TaylorMade Rossa Kia Ma Fortuna
A highly refined mallet from TaylorMade - recommended!
TaylorMade Ghost TM-110
Beautiful square-designed Anser with great aimlines - well worth a look!
TaylorMade Rossa Daytona
Well constructed Anser style putter - excellent if you're after a good putter at a lower cost - gunmetal color looks classy - feels good too!
Yes Donna (C-Groove)
Wide bodied anser-style head with the amazing C-Groove for a terrific roll.
A straightforward heel and toe design with great roll from the C-Groove
Nike Method 001
The 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 004
Face 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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