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The Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 putter is Scotty’s return to more traditional putter construction. Classic shape. Good feel and feedback.
After many, many generations of putters that featured multi-material construction, the Scotty Cameron Special Select putters are a return to basics. This new line includes Cameron’s most popular head shapes and will likely be met with ovations from the faithful. I tested my favorite of his models, the Newport 2, to see if the Special Selects will end up among Scotty’s most celebrated flat sticks.
At a glance, the Special Select Newport 2 is your conventional Anser 2-style putter: square shoulders and bumpers with a plumbers neck. Putter afficianados will notice some of the small changes that Cameron has made with this iteration. One focus was on the top line, which was thinned and flattened.
In terms of the branding, this putter is unmistakably a Cameron. The cavity has three dots, but the painting is unique – a red ring rather than a complete paint fill. “Cameron” and “Titleist” are engraved on opposite sides of the neck, with Scotty’s name also appearing on the face. The sole is very tasteful with Cameron’s crown and the model name.
Sound & Feel
With Scotty going away from face inserts, the expectations for the feel of the Special Select putters are sky high. Milled from 303 stainless steel, I found the feel to be good but not particularly noteworthy. What was interesting was how ball dependent the feel of this putter was. When I used a Chrome Soft, the putter communicated that marshmallow softness. With a Z-Star, it was much more click-y. This isn’t a negative, but my preference would be for the putter to have more character of its own.
The feedback from the Special Select is excellent. It was easy to precisely locate each strike.
The main performance feature that the new Special Select Newport 2 touts is the “Performance Balanced Weighting.” This is simply new verbiage for the same interchangeable weights that Cameron has been using for many years. In the Special Select blades, like the Newport 2, the weights are tungsten. The mallets in the collection use stainless steel weights.
Cameron claims that these weights stretch out the sweet spot, but the reality is that this is still an Anser-style putter. You can miss slightly and still get the ball to the cup, but if you’re banging putts off the heel and toe, this is not the putter for you. I would view the weights as an added bonus: if you love the putter, the weights are a great extra. If you prefer other Anser-style putters, don’t switch thinking the weights are going to change your life.
In my opinion, the Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 is the best Cameron putter in a long time. Getting back to a “one-piece” construction improves the feel and feedback, and the look is excellent. There’s nothing revolutionary here whatsoever, but for fans of Cameron, this is a worthy addition to the collection.