Scotty Cameron Select Roundback Putter Review

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The Scotty Cameron Select Roundback is a solid mid-mallet options for golfers looking for a little more stability and prominent alignment aids.

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Introduction

Scotty Cameron is renowned for making finely polished versions of already well established putter designs and creating a lot of buzz while doing so.  For golfers willing to spend a little extra on their putters, there are a wide range of Scotty Cameron options to fit any need across performance and appearances be it a blade, mid-mallet, or mallet putter.  The Scotty Cameron Select Roundback is a rounder mid-mallet shape in line with Cameron’s Golo putters but has the pop-thru cross alignment aid on the flange.  While this putter will not be for everyone, those looking for easy alignment and solid feel will find this to be a good option for their gamer flatstick.

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Looks

The Scotty Cameron Select Roundback has a mid-mallet footprint and a round head shape that’s similar to Scotty’s successful Golo head shapes.  The biggest differences are that the Roundback has more distinct shoulders and bumpers on the flange, and the pop-thru red cross alignment aid.  The pop-thru alignment aid is a good looking red anodized aluminum that makes lining up your putt and envisioning the path of your putting stroke a bit easier (at least for me).  If you flip the putter over, the red sole plate (which is the bottom of the alignment aid) grabs your attention and serves as a solid billboard for Scotty Cameron on the golf course.  This red pop-thru cross alignment aid has paid off the most for me as a good tool to get my putter moving back in the direction I want it to go.

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Sound & Feel

Reading through the description of the Scotty Cameron Select Roundback on the Cameron website, they bill the putter as having “a precision milled 303 stainless steel perimeter body with an aluminum sole plate core for higher MOI, a larger sweet spot and remarkably solid feel. This translates to less twist at impact, more forgiveness…”  I have to say, I don’t 100% agree on these claims.  When it comes to sound, the Roundback has a very solid yet quiet click to it off the face.  Pretty generic, no problems there at all.

For having a higher MOI, all the claims made by Cameron should theoretically be pretty accurate, but they’re not.  I will agree that I think the 303 stainless body gives a very solid and responsive feel which I’m perfectly happy with.  What I don’t agree with is the forgiveness claim.  I found the Roundback to have an extremely unforgiving feel and a small sweet spot requiring a precise stroke.  Though the large mid-mallet head helps make my stroke more consistent, you’re still going to have to make sure you put a perfect stroke on the ball if you want to hit the sweet spot.  In fact, I even switched to a Cameron Matador grip from the stock Pistolero to help get a little more stability and soften the feel up a bit.  Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean this is a bad putter, it’s just not as forgiving as Cameron claims.  If you’re looking for a Scotty with a bigger sweet spot and a more forgiving feel, check out something like the Golo 5 or the X7M mallet (one of my current favorite putters).

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Performance

I’m going to go somewhat “untraditional” for the Scotty Cameron Select Roundback in terms of how we normally discuss performance.  The approach I’m going to take is just flat out say what I like about the putter as a whole and what I don’t.

As I mentioned before, I don’t find this putter the least bit forgiving.  The sweet spot feels small to me and I can’t just “let the putter do the work.”  However, I’m ok with that.  I’ve found after using the Roundback putter for an extended period of time, what I like about it is that it gives me a lot of the characteristics I like in both blades and mallets.  The solid and precise feel reminds me more of an Anser 2 style putter, but the size, shape, and balance make it feel like the Roundback is easier for me to line up and set on the path I’m looking for.  I see the value in the oversize putting grips and high MOI putters that have taken the golf world by storm for taking the hands out of the putting stroke, but what I like about the Select Roundback is that I feel like I still have to actually putt the ball and have a good solid connection to the entire golf club.  I feel like when I’m dialed in with Select Roundback I have the playability of a blade putter with confidence-inspiring shape and weight distribution of a mallet.  When I’m not dialed in, it feels like I’m playing with a very solid and unforgiving mallet.

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Conclusion

To sum up what I’m sure comes across as pretty mixed feelings about the Scotty Cameron Select Roundback, I would say it’s a niche putter.  I honestly don’t think everyone will benefit from using this putter.  I think the Roundback is going to be a very nice putter for a player with strong, repeatable mechanics looking for a confidence-inducing shape with a significant alignment aid.  Since I’ve been on my current Scotty mid-mallet and mallet kick (even though I’m typically a blade user), the Roundback has been a good option for me because I find the unique pop-thru cross alignment to be really useful, the shape and weighting gives me confidence, and the putter almost plays like a blade to me.

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