The Scotty Cameron Studio Design 5 makes an immediate and positive first impression. It looks classy. Its shape has all the smoothness you'd expect from a Cameron and its reflective metallic finish gives it a striking look.
Its D-shape makes this putter feel weighty and authoritative and the solid leading edge which is clear rectangular shape leaves you in no doubt about where the putter is aiming, which is often a problem with D-shaped heads.
Research has shown that putter alignment is more to do with overall putter shape than aimlines and
I would be worried that my perception of the shape of the putter will change when the sun is very strong would make me think twice about using this model
on a Scotty Cameron Studio Design 5...
This wasn't a great strength for the Scotty Cameron Studio Design 5. For me the feel of the putter was a bit too clicky. Although the
putter's finish made me expect a soft contact with the ball, what you'll find is that the feel is anything but soft.
This was a big disappointment as almost every other Cameron putter I've tested has given beautiful feel with a soft, but assertive contact.
Unfortunately the roll of the Scotty Cameron Studio Design 5 wasn't all that impressive either and nearly every single putt that I hit came up short, without any great momentum on the ball.
It wasn't that the ball was jumping or deviating from its line - this is a Scotty Cameron after all - but the putter just didn't seem to impart very much forward energy and required a big swing to get the ball to travel to the hole.
This rather low transfer of speed from putter head to ball might be perfect for you if you normally putt on lightening-fast greens, but if you're used to greens that are slower than 9 or 10 on the stimpmeter (fast club greens), then you might find yourself leaving a lot of putts short with this putter.
Although the first impressions and overall look of the putter are good, the Scotty Cameron Studio Design 5 is one of the most disappointing putters from the Cameron stable that I've tested.
I think you'll find the glare from the putter head off-putting on a sunny day and the combination of a hard feel and rather poor transfer of speed from putter head to ball means that you'll leave a lot of putts short until you really get used to it and lengthen your swing.
Scotty Cameron Newport 2 The original, best Scotty Cameron... and thankfully not the most expensive. This is Tiger Woods' putter and if you can putt half as well as he does...
Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5 This well-loved shape with a straighter neck looks gorgeous, but doesn't - for our money - feel as good as the original
Scotty Cameron Studio Design 5 Gorgeous mallet style putter - great roll, but somewhat hard feel off the face.