Scott Readman Concepts Putters – Blue Ribbon Gear

Scott Readman Concepts Putters – Blue Ribbon Gear

It seems like just yesterday I was writing about Scott Readman Concepts achieving Blue Ribbon Gear status here at PluggedInGolf.  If I’m starting to sound like a broken record, I apologize, but SRC is legitimately the most passionate I’ve felt about any golf brand since we founded this website.  As much as I love their headcovers, this Blue Ribbon Gear award is for one of the best feeling putters I have ever played, and what I believe to be one of the best putters in the game.

Late last year I reviewed my first Scott Readman Concepts SWC putter.  I had somewhat low expectations because the style of this putter did not fit my usual preferences.  I was immediately awed by the putter which would go on to be my go-to flat stick to this day.

A simple design is expertly milled out of British 404 stainless steel.  Before welding on a neck that is hand shaped into its swan-like profile, Readman hand stamps each and every one of his putters himself.  No two putters are the same and rarely mirror anything he’s done previously.  If that’s not enough, the feel is unmatched by anything I have played.  I am on record as saying this face milling is my favorite from any putter manufacturer.

Every Putter Has a Story

Like everything else the Scott Readman Concepts team gets their hands on, there’s always more to these putters than meets the eye.  A favorite move of the SRC crew is to include subliminal references, designs, symbols, or whatever else they can think of to creatively represent the brand and/or the putter’s future owner.  It seems like every putter has some sort of interesting story whether it’s a custom order or a random “stock” putter.  My personal favorite is the “By SRC & BB – Upton Edition” putter in this post which I was a part of making over two trips to SRC HQ.  It has subtle references to my family ties to their corner of the world.  Safe to say, no one will have one like it.

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Bill Bush

Co-Founder, Director of Technology at PluggedInGolf.com
Bill is a true golf gear nerd by definition who loves making custom club creations in his garage with tools like sledge hammers, blow torches, and his bare hands. When Bill isn't working on PluggedInGolf.com, or in the garage, he is a technology manager living in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and kids. Bill plays Scott Readman Concepts putters and accessories.

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8 Comments

  1. Tom Duckworth

    So what is it about the milling that feels good to you? Do you think it is the steel? I don’t see what stands out about the pattern. Don’t get me wrong I do like them I like a milled putter with no face insert I play a RIFE 450 silencer that has a deep milled face and is very soft almost too soft but I can feel distance with it.

    • It’s a very tight light milling, semi-reminiscent of the early Cameron fly mills (I like the Readman milling better). I also never made a claim that the pattern stands out. Frankly, patterns on the face don’t matter to me as long as they feel good and roll well (Rife being a perfect example, I’m a big fan of the early years).

      End of the day, it’s the combination of the light milling, topline thickness, and neck that give most of the feel, but I stand by my statement.

  2. Hi Bill! Enjoy your reviews. What is the average price line on one of these?

  3. Dennis Flynn

    Thanks Bill, I was motivated to buy a SRC putter after your first review with excellent results, feel, roll, consistency. The selection process including design, grip and head covers was also a bit of fun.

  4. Thanks for this intriguing review, Bill. I would presume the biggest barrier to acceptance in the US is SRC’s lack of distribution. How does one go about getting fitted for one of these gems? This sounds like another Tour Exotics or Edel product line — great reviews — with little to no product distribution to try out. Please shed some light — SRC’s website was not terribly helpful unless I missed the obvious. Thx.

    • Steve,

      I’ve been thinking about how to reply for this for a few days, and while I don’t have a bunch of perfect answers, I ultimately disagree with the perspective based on my own experiences. The world of boutique putter purchasing is largely based on intrigue and adventure where people make the investment with a little more risk.

      First, I want to point a few things out. While Edel isn’t as widely available as the likes of TaylorMade, Callaway/Odyssey, and Scotty Cameron, they are certainly on the rise. In fact, I made a point to go into my PGA Superstore where I could have selected from multiple Edel putters, a full range of wedges, and their single length irons. So they have gone from boutique fitters to big box distribution.

      Next is the idea of a boutique high-end putter company always being available for fittings somewhere. Many a great putter maker has established themselves without people regularly being able to go to a shop and get fitted. I can think of a bunch. Byron, Tom Slighter, Gene Nead, James Ingles, Lamont Mann, Tad Moore, Chip Usher, and Kari Lajosi all the way in Australia. True, these guys haven’t blown up to compete with the major manufacturers, but their model has worked for them and they have established great reputations through word of mouth and the internet which has allowed all of them to succeed. I believe, based on the putter and my experience, Scott Readman belongs in that league.

      Lastly, following your comment regarding the SRC website, I’m not 100% sure what you were looking for there, but in regards to model availability and pricing, it’s all there and fairly easy to find. Are you looking for more insight into custom options? One thing I can say about the SRC team is that if you reach out to them, they will be eager to help in any possible way they can and help you get what you want need. This is one of the main reasons I love this brand so much.

      I don’t mean for this to come off aggressive, so please don’t take it that way, but I think it’s worth shedding some accurate perspective for this corner of the industry. Hopefully it helps, and I strongly encourage experimenting with one of these putters. It paid off for me.

      Bill

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