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The 2016 Scotty Cameron Select Newport is a traditional Anser style shape with a couple overhauls from Scotty – a face “inlay” and a milled flange line.
When most people hear the name “Scotty Cameron” they think of high-end putters, with a big price tag, but they look damn good. The 2016 Scotty Cameron Select Newport certainly lives up to this bill. All in all, the Scotty Cameron Select Newport is a good looking, decent putter with an enormous price tag.
As mentioned previously, the Scotty Cameron Select Newport is a traditional Anser style head with a rounded topline and rounded bumpers. For all of you Scotty 009 enthusiasts, this is the closest a Newport has resembled that 009 shape in a LONG time. The matte silver finish is good and the translucent red paint really pops. I don’t care how much you might be a “Scotty Hater” but his trans red paint over high-polish surfaces is one of the best looks in golf.
I would upset a lot of the deep Scotty loyalists if I didn’t address the flange line on the 2016 iteration of the Select Newport. Historically, the stock Newport comes without any type of alignment aid and people were encouraged to send their putters to the Scotty Cameron Custom Shop should they want one. For whatever reason, Scotty decided this year was the year he was going to put that line on the flange of the putter for the general market and, sure enough, reading around the internet you will find some haters. My thoughts are that it’s fine and there are likely more people that want an alignment aid than there are people who don’t.
Sound & Feel
The 2016 Select Newport uses an inlay face (aka an insert) that is “fused” to the head with a “vibration-dampening membrane” to give a soft, yet solid feel to the putter. My honest reaction is “you have got to be kidding me.” The top picture above shows how the putter is constructed and its “multi-material technology” according to Scotty Cameron; the bottom picture shows reality. Vibration-dampening membrane? Don’t insult my intelligence Donald “Scotty” Cameron. That’s a thin piece of tape. What I found was a simple double-stick 3M tape that’s no different than what gets used to hold inserts in other putters such as the Scotty Cameron Studio Style or any Odyssey putter. You will be hard-pressed to convince me that this has any “innovative technology” involved. For the record, I don’t mind that this tape is used, just don’t try and sell it in the marketing to me like it’s some scientific advancement.
Overall sound and feel for the 2016 Select Newport was underwhelming to me. The balance and weight is good, but the feel at impact is dead. There’s a difference between soft and dead, and this is dead. In fact, I’m working on customizing this putter right now, and I’ve been asked to try and make it have a little more solid feel and click to it. The sound is just about the same – a little bland, empty, and dead. Of course, the stock Matador is a little thick and may play a role in this. I prefer the Matador grip on heavier putters as opposed to a blade, but that’s just my preference.
In the case of the 2016 Scotty Cameron Select Newport, the performance of the putter directly correlates with the feel. The putter is balanced and easy enough to make a good stroke with, but that lack of feel makes it tough to determine how hard you’re hitting the ball, often resulting in a poor shot. These 2016 Select putters are supposed to be much more forgiving, but I don’t find this to be the case. Mishits are definitely punished in your hands and also where the ball ends up. Don’t get me wrong, a good stroke at the right speed will be just fine, but fighting the feel to do that consistently is not easy.
Look, like every other Scotty Cameron putter and every other Scotty Cameron review, this one is sure to polarize and bring in a wide range of opinions. There will be players that think these 2016 Selects are great and I’m full of crap, and there will be players that think I’m being generous with my opinions. What it comes down to is that the 2016 Scotty Cameron Select Newport putter is sharp looking and full of catchy marketing gimmicks, but for $380 there are a lot better performing options out there.