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The Scotty Cameron Select Newport 3 putter is surprisingly forgiving but a miss aesthetically.
What’s in a name? When it comes to this Scotty Cameron heel shafted mallet, the name comes with a boatload of confusion. Long known as the Del Mar, this style was rechristened the GoLo 3 in the 2014 line. Three years later, it’s taken on the name Newport 3. We set the identity crisis to the side to test this putter and see if it’s worth your hard earned cash.
I think every golfer – at least every gear-obsessed one – has a piece of gear that they love to look at whether it fits their game or not. For me, it’s this style of heel-shafted putter. While I love this style, this particular version misses the mark for me.
The Scotty Cameron Select Newport 3 is more symmetrical than other similar putter – too much so for my eye. I also dislike the shaping of the cavity. The lines are curved in the cavity then straight on the back of the flange creating a lack of flow. Similarly, I find the “vertical” line across the flange to be visually disruptive.
When you get away from the address position, the Newport 3 looks great. The cavity has Scotty’s signature “cherry bombs,” and the face and sole are very clean and understated.
Sound & Feel
The Scotty Cameron Select Newport 3 is built from 303 stainless steel and has a 6061 aluminum face insert with “vibration dampening technology.” The dampening kills most of the auditory feedback, but it does present a soft, pleasant impact feel. I would describe the sound as a quiet “tock”.
In rolling putts with thew Newport 3, two things stood out. First is how heavy the head felt. The head weights used by Cameron are standard for modern putters and vary with length, but this design always feels heavy to me. This led to a longer-than-average adjustment period for distance control. Part of that is also due to the fact that the toe hang is completely different than my gamer.
The other thing that stood out is how forgiving this design is. Most of Scotty’s newer putters use a multi-material design to create a higher MOI, but this is the first time that I found the forgiveness really impressive. This is not a headshape known for ease of use, but I saw mishits putts consistently getting closer to the hole than expected.
Despite my love of the heel shafted mallet, there won’t be one in my bag any time soon. If I were to choose a putter with my heart instead of my head, it still wouldn’t be the Scotty Cameron Select Newport 3. While the forgiveness is impressive, the look at address is too disjointed. Coming from a maker who prides himself on aesthetics, this is a surprising disappointment.