Scotty Cameron Special Select Fastback 1.5 Putter Review

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Beautifully executed, the mid-mallet Scotty Cameron Special Select Fastback 1.5 putter feels as good as it looks. Forgiving and consistent performance.

Introduction

Golfers familiar with the Special Select line of Scotty Cameron putters will instantly notice this Fastback 1.5 is not standard issue.  The wonderful paintfills were done by Club Champion following a putter fitting I had there which you can learn about HERE.  Thrilled with the results of the fitting, I inquired if I could change the color of the cherry rings to customize my new putter.  As you can see, the answer evolved beyond a simple yes.

Looks

The rounded mid-mallet Special Select Fastback 1.5 has great visual appeal from every angle.  At address, the thin topline appears as an extension of the shaft.  The shoulders of the mid-section perfectly frame the golf ball, enhancing aim.  Milled ever so slightly lower, the back third of the putter creates a sharp line paralleling the face that provides another reference for alignment.

The face of the Fastback 1.5 is slightly compact and beautifully displays classic Scotty Cameron milling.  I’m a big fan of the signature cavity rings over the dots of previous generations and I appreciate the overall harmony of the curves of the putter.  Although a sole plate sounds at odds with a milled putter, it’s well executed and plays well with the dual weight ports.

Sound & Feel

The precision milling on the 303 stainless steel face of the Fastback 1.5 creates firm contact that allows the ball to share in the feel.  With urethane tour level balls, the feel is soft and very pleasing as is the ‘tock’ with centered contact.  Venturing from the center the sound shifts to more of a ‘tick’ and feedback in the hands is subtle but clearly communicated.

Performance

Designed for medium plus toe flow, the Scotty Cameron Fastback 1.5 incorporates a ¾ shaft offset and slightly slanted neck that results in a 4 o’clock toe hang.  The stock 15 gram weights in my 34” model provided wonderful balance for a very natural feeling stroke.  One thing I discovered from the SAM PuttLab analysis at Club Champion was some inconsistency in my putter rotation, and the Fastback 1.5 took me from a good 85% to an excellent 92% consistency.

Standard on all the 2020 Special Select Scottys, the new Pistolini Plus grip features a larger profile on the bottom half of the grip (think lower hand).  Larger is hardly the word for a fairly skinny grip, but the profile is notably different than previous Pistolini grips.  I love the feel but wish there was a medium size offered – even after market.

Enhanced aiming is a valuable trait of a mallet design, yet it’s forgiveness that’s the real benefit for most golfers – and the Fastback 1.5 delivers on both aspects.  The single black line extending to the back edge of the putter keeps the visual aid simple.  To increase MOI and enlarge the sweet spot, Cameron and his team optimized weight distribution by moving weight from the center of the putter head to the heel and toe, replacing it with the aluminum sole plate.  What I observed were balls that ran out with consistent distance even when my contact wasn’t centered.  True mishits lost some distance, but finished respectfully.

Conclusion

The Scotty Cameron Special Select Fastback 1.5 is a wonderful blend of visual appeal, pleasing feel, and consistent performance.  The mid-mallet size and solid milled construction offers golfers an attractive alternative to the more modern, multi-material mallet putters on the market.  The Fastback 1.5 has secured a spot in my bag, sans the stock headcover – I’m not a fan of Velcro.

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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5 Comments

  1. Great review Matt. I just started gaming this club in a 35 inch model. Solid, solid solid!

  2. Matt, thanks for the thorough review. I’m a 78 year-old, high handicap golfer and have discovered over the years that I need a “no torque” putter, preferably a mallet type with a six o’clock toe hang. Does this putter come with these features?

    • In the Scotty Cameron Special Select lineup, the Del Mar has the most toe hang at 5 o’clock. Check out the review on our site – LINK. We refer to torque free as the toe pointing straight up – check out our reviews of the Axis1 putters – HERE.

      – Meeks

  3. How did you get two-toned paint fill?

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