Titleist’s Master putter maker Scotty Cameron has once again advanced his Select putter line for 2018. With sight, sound and sole the key areas of focus in the seven recently announced models.
“Everything I’ve learned from refining and redesigning Newport-style putters over the last two decades has gone into this 2018 Select line,” Cameron said.
The new line incorporates multiple material construction techniques Cameron has refined in recent years to deliver improvements in sound and feel. Face inlays made from 303 stainless steel in the blade models – Newport, Newport 2, Newport 2.5 and Laguna – and 6061 aircraft-grade aluminium in the mid-mallet heads – Fastback, Squareback and Newport 3 – are connected to stainless steel bodies with 30 percent more vibration dampening material.
The increase in material means larger screws are required to connect the inlays, which in addition to producing soft fell also offer feedback on mis-hits.
For improved confidence at address and better alignment the new Select line has been contoured with rounded and thinned toplines as well as squarer edges, angles and plumbing necks in the Newport and Newport 2 models. Sight cues have also been updated in the Squareback and Fastback models, which no longer incorporate pop-through alignment aids, instead featuring a simple milled sight line.
The sole of the seven head shapes is the site perhaps the biggest technological change when compared with the previous Select lines, with the new ‘Four-Way Balanced’ sole design delivering quicker and easier alignment. The new sole design accounts for the weight of the shaft and grip and their impact on alignment by shifting weight forward, meaning the new 2018 Select models sit square every time.
“I always strive to raise the bar by incorporating new materials, milling and manufacturing techniques. I’m at the point with the Select line of putters that now I’m hyper-focused on the finest details,” Cameron said. “Tour players pick up on things most people don’t but those details can make a big difference in how a putter performs. We’ve reengineered the sole to account for the shaft and grip weight by actually moving metal in minute increments to help the putter align perfectly. I call it four-way sole balancing because we’ve balanced the putter from face to cavity, and from heel to toe.”
The constants of Cameron’s Select line, Newport, Newport 2 and Newport 2.5, offer the blade models the putter maker is most famous for that have been favoured by the likes of Tiger Woods on Tour. Joining the three Newport blades is the returning Laguna, which features a sculpted flange and mini-slant neck to produce increased toe flow.
The Newport 3 is a heel-shafted mid-mallet which takes cues from the Newport head shape and features increased moment of inertia (MOI) through the use of an aluminium face insert, while the flow neck increases toe flow.
Rounding out the range are the mid mallet Fastback and Squareback models featuring Cameron’s wrap-around face-sole technology, with aluminium face inlay also making up part of the sole. Creating higher MOI due to the weight being redistributed to the perimeter of both putter heads meaning the mid-mallet designs are perfectly suited for players with straight back and through strokes.
Each 2018 Select putter features Cameron’s iconic ‘Cherry Dots’ on the face and is finished with a raw stainless steel look that is bead blasted to deliver a stunning, glare resistant finished product. Two sole weights located in the heel and toe of each model allow Titleist to customise each putter for ideal balance and weight at the selected playing length.
The 2018 Select line will be available in stores March 30.
To see the entire 2018 Select line and find out more visit www.titleist.com.au