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The Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2 Notchback is an updated version of Scotty’s twist on the Anser 2. Adequate, but predictable.
Most golfers like traditional things. There are certainly players who like gigantic modern mallets, but most prefer the standards. Putter makers, therefore, are on a constant quest to jam more forgiveness into the classic designs. The Newport 2 Notchback putter is Scotty Cameron’s effort to do just that.
The Newport 2 Notchback is essentially a wider Newport 2 with the flange between the bumpers milled out. In comparing it to the Select Newport 2 it’s also noticeable that the top line is thicker.
While the size of the notch is relatively small, it still creates a jarring look for those used to a standard Anser 2 head. If you’re looking for a change of pace, that’s a great thing. I found it disorienting.
Sound & Feel
As I’ve tested each of the 2016 Scotty Cameron Select putters, one of the things that has really stood out to me is how different each model feels. While I expected some differences due to the different head shapes, I thought there would be a lot more similarity since they all similarly constructed.
The Newport 2 Notchback produces a firm thud at impact and the faintest possible “click.” To me, it’s the softest feel of any of the 2016 Select putters.
Scotty Cameron has attributed a host of performance benefits to his new Select line of putters, and I covered the claims one by one in my review of the Newport 2. Long story short, he’s done a great job making standard features sound fancy.
The Newport 2 Notchback is a solid putter, but the forgiveness is not markedly better than a standard Newport 2. The more significant performance difference is that the Notchback features a double bend shaft which makes it nearly face-balanced where the standard Newport 2 has approximately 45 degrees of toe hang. This makes the Notchback a better choice for the player trying to make a “straight back, straight through” putting stroke.
As we say at the end of nearly every Scotty Cameron review, the Select Newport 2 Notchback is a fine putter, but it’s not a game changer. Cameron fans will surely love it, but it’s my opinion that you can get a lot more bang for your $380.