Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select putters; a new dawn

Never having been able to use Scotty Cameron Studio Select putters in the past, Neil was impressed by the Newport Squareback

When news broke that Titleist was launching a new series of Scotty Cameron Studio Select putters, I was the only member of the Golf Monthly team not brimming with excitement.

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For me, Scotty Cameron putters have always represented something painfully unattainable. Their classic shapes and light-weight feel, help good putter’s refine their game on the greens but for me and my distinctly second rate putting game they only seemed to enhance my already high, twitch potential. Quite simply, Scotty Cameron putters have always been too good for me.

However, when the latest range arrived in GM Towers I spotted a model that I felt even I might be able to use. The Newport Squareback has, as the name suggests a square back. When I put this on the ground it offered immediate, clear feedback as to how I was aligned. As short putting has always been my nemesis I felt the Squareback was worth taking to the course.

Having used the Squareback for the last three weeks I can say with conviction that it’s made a genuinely positive difference to my game. In my hands, the square head promotes a straight back and through stroke (no mean feat). What’s more, I’ve gained the benefit of the feel from such soft steel. Whilst I’m not a big fan of the thin red grip, the other performance benefits more than make up for that.

So if you’ve always looked at Titleist's Scotty Cameron Studio Select putters through jealous eyes, I suggest you take a peek at the Newport Squareback. It may not look quite as classic as the other anser-shape models and at £210, it’s certainly not cheap but take it from me, it has just about the best feel of any putter I’ve tested!

Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X