Best Scotty Cameron Putters 2022

Your guide to the best Scotty Cameron putters on the market.

Best Scotty Cameron Putters

Best Scotty Cameron Putters

Which are the best Scotty Cameron putters? There is a reason many of the world's top players in the past and present, use Scotty models each week - because they are some of the best putters (opens in new tab) money can buy. 

In terms of the current range, there is the Special Select blade putters and the Phantom X mallet putters. Below we have taken a look at the best Scotty Cameron putters in the current range to help you narrow your search.

Alternatively if Scotty Cameron is not for you, then we have also created guides on other brands, such as the best Ping putters (opens in new tab), the best TaylorMade putters (opens in new tab), and even the best Odyssey putters (opens in new tab) currently on sale.

Best Scotty Cameron Blade Putter

Titleist’s traditional blade putters have usually been called some version of 'Studio' or 'Select'. However they felt there were too many names so now they go by the name of Special Select, inspired by a favourite wine of Scotty Cameron.

The Scotty Cameron Special select range is focussed on blade style putters that are predominantly designed to suit a stroke with a slight arc as they are heel and toe weighted.

These premium Scotty Cameron a are among the best blade putters and look the part with the brushed chrome finish and a wide choice of head styles. Here are a few of our favourites from our putter reviews:

Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 putter

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Reasons to buy

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It’s as good looking as ever and it really should inspire you on the greens

Reasons to avoid

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Only available as heel-toe balanced

The Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 is probably the most famous putter on the planet, thanks to Tiger Woods using it in all but one of his major wins.  It first came out in 1997 and the latest version builds on this legacy. The width of the putter is quite a bit thinner and the, compared to the 2018 Select, is more stripped down and sleek.  

The top line has become thicker over the years to incorporate the weight but the tour stars wanted the putter to sit flatter on the ground and be thinner looking and this is the stunning result. It’s subtle and Cameron says it’s the most tour-like product they’ve ever made for everyone.

Scotty Cameron Special Select Del Mar Putter

Reasons to buy

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Like any blade in this family it really is a thing of beauty

Reasons to avoid

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You might need plenty of feel in those hands to get the most out of it

For the mid-mallet, like this Scotty Cameron Special Select Del Mar, stainless steel sole weights are in place because the head shape has more places to make up the weight. This is a fantastic looking creation and you might notice the Cherry Bomb look as opposed to the full red circles. 

Cameron wanted it to look different from previous models and to look cool – there’s no performance benefit, it’s just a visual and evolution of the line.  As such the Del Mar is a no-brainer inclusion in this list of the best Scotty Cameron putters. 

Scotty Cameron Special Select Flowback 5.5 Putter

Reasons to buy

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Mid-mallet design combines blade with more forgiving shape

Reasons to avoid

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If you like to see it go straight back and through this might not be for you

The Scotty Cameron Special Select Flowback 5.5 model is almost an homage to the old GoLo range. Like the 2.5 this has a slant back neck and the near maximum toe flow – this is the amount the putter opens and closes during a stroke. 

The more toe hang a putter has, the more toe flow it will have. As the shape suggests this might as forgiving as a mallet, but it's more than in previous iterations. 

Best Scotty Cameron Mallet Putters

The Scotty Cameron mallet range is based around the multi-material Phantom X design. This is a big leap in performance with a variety of flange set-ups, alignment options, shaft bends and smaller profiles to provide more forgiveness and better alignment options for your Scotty. They are among the best mallet putters and here are our recommendations:

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 9 Putter

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Reasons to buy

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Milled steel face
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Option of hosels for toe hang

Reasons to avoid

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Alignment line stops before front of face

The Scotty Cameron Phantom X 9 putter takes the bets bits of the X 5 and X 11 shape and fills in the gaps between the wings to provide a longer alignment line.  The all steel face and wings are balanced by the black aluminium section in the centre to create forgiving mid-sized mallet.

Read our full Scotty Cameron Phantom X 9 putter review

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11 Putter

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Reasons to buy

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Forgiveness across the face with plenty of alignment aids
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Premium craftsmanship

Reasons to avoid

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This will appeal visually to some but not others

The Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11 is one of the most forgiving putters (opens in new tab) out there, is the newest addition to the acclaimed, high-tech Phantom range and is a wingback, mallet designed for stability throughout the putting stroke.

This is an ideal mallet putter for those who like to have an arc in their putting stroke as the low bend shaft creates a nice amount of toe flow mixed with stability. There is further stability from the wings and despite its larger profile, these wings are not distracting to the eye and the clean white line running through the crown is a great alignment tool.

If you don’t tend to have an arc on your putting stroke, we’d recommend the Scotty Cameron Phantom 11, which is identical in the head to the Phantom X 11.5 but with a different shaft that creates a face balance.

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12 2022 Putter

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Reasons to buy

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High MOI design feels light to use
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Better alignment design
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All metal face design

Reasons to avoid

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No choice of hosel options

The Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12 putter is their highest MOI mallet and for the latest range is now the only one with a black aluminium face. Combining this lighter material in the face with the heavier silver steel wings means that more weight is around the perimeter of the head which improves the forgiveness.

With a long alignment line and excellent Pistolero grip the Phantom X 12 is light to use and very stable through impact and will be ideal for those who want a face balanced putter with more margin for error.

Read our full Scotty Cameron X 12 2022 putter review

What to consider when buying a Scotty Cameron putter

When it comes to arguably the most important golf club in the bag, you need to think about what you want and what you like to use when it comes to the putter. A confidence-inspiring design that suits your eye and suits your stroke can save countless shots on the greens and a good flatstick is often a quick way of bringing the handicap down. So then what are the things you need to mull over before purchasing?

Head Design

Putters come in a traditional blade, mid-mallet or a mallet design. All three styles have positives and negatives to them for every player and luckily lots of brands implement technologies across all three.

Mallet putters tend to be much larger than blades and they usually come in various shapes and sizes. This helps in a number of ways. A lot of the time most of the weight in a mallet putter can be found in the club face however because of its design, weight can then be redistributed to other parts of the head which can help stabilise your stroke. The weight of the putter in the perimeter of the club-head offers better balance than what can be offered from a blade putter.

Mallet putters tend to also have a larger sweet spot which can be beneficial if you are a player who struggles to consistently strike your putts out of the middle of the face. The weight in the club-head also helps here because it diminishes the twisting of the putter throughout the stroke too.

Additionally if you struggle with alignment, a mallet putter could be the way to go. Alignment plays a crucial part in putting because it is all about accuracy and a mallet putter can be beneficial here by helping your eyes line up the putt.

A blade putter is a lot simpler in terms of design and will suit the traditionalists among you a lot more than some of the mallet putters pictured above. Blade putters also tend to suit players with an arc in their putting stroke because of the toe-weighted nature of the club-head.

Feel

Here, we’re talking not just about the feel and sound the ball makes coming off the face but how the putter feels in your hands.

A quieter sound contributes to a softer feel, whereas a louder sound usually translates into a firmer feel. A firmer feel is often the product of shallow grooves or no grooves at all on the face, where sound can’t be dissipated as effectively. They work better with softer feeling golf balls, where as soft-feeling putters work best with firmer golf balls.

You can get putters with adjustable weights in the sole that will alter the feel of the putter. For example, if your stroke is quite smooth and slow, a heavier putter will encourage that more. Jerky putters may prefer a lighter putter, although opting for more weight may reduce it, depending on what your goals are.

The putter grip plays a huge roll in the confidence you feel with a putter. Get one that feels right and sits in your hands comfortably while allowing you to return the putter back to the ball squarely and consistently.

Looks

You should get a putter that you like the look of as the aesthetics can play a role in inspiring or diminishing confidence on the greens.

Blades won’t offer as much alignment assistance, but are still popular because of how they feel and the levels of forgiveness are increasing every year.

Mallet putters have more real estate, and can therefore provide more help to set the face squarely. Mid mallets are somewhere in the middle, offering a decent level of assistance without looking too cumbersome.

Value

Our final tip is to think about price because while there are some premium designs out there, there are also some models which offer excellent value. All putters will propel the ball towards the hole, but they do it in different ways. If performance is more important than looks or feel, there are lots of cut-price options out there that will do a good job and you can spend more money on other areas of your bag.

FAQ's

What Is So Good About A Scotty Cameron Putter?

Scotty Cameron putters feature premium milled construction using the best materials to provide the optimum performance. The research and design into the best shapes and styles creates a range that includes a head that will suit players who prefer a blade or mallet putter.

Which Scotty Cameron Putter Does Tiger Woods Use

Tiger Woods is famous for using Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter which is a blade based on the Anser style. He has customised it with a black out Ping Man grip that he has used most of his life.

Is Scotty Cameron Part Of Titleist?

Scotty Cameron started making putters in 1991 and has been contracted to make putters for Titleist since 1994.

Martin Hopley is one of the foremost UK equipment reviewers with over 20 years' experience. As the former founder of Golfalot.com he was an early pioneer of online reviews and has also been a regular contributor to other titles. He is renowned for his technical knowledge and in-depth analysis, which he now brings to Golf Monthly.