Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 Putter Review

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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.

Introduction

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.

Looks

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.

Performance

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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7 Comments

  1. Completely agree on the feel. A lot firmer than I was expecting , will be interesting to test with multiple balls like the ZStar ProV1. Even an AVX.

    Love everything else about it. Though. Visually it’s a winner

  2. I’m grabbing one in March

  3. Nicholas Alvarado

    I just bought this, 2020 newport 2 left handed, love it. My first SC for me, could not be happier, the feel, the sound, the performance is perfect and so happy I waited for a solid milled putter for 2020.

  4. Jeff Houglum

    I just picked one up. 4th Scotty Newport 2 (Pro Platinum, Studio Select, Select, Special Select). This is my favorite. Feels slightly softer than my Studio Select, and by far the best looking of them all. I really enjoy the new grip. I do enjoy the “firm-soft” feel of the solid putter. Very pleased with it so far.

  5. Can you tell me how many grams does the standard model 2 weigh?

  6. The same face absolutely no tech .Are they scared that odyssey is taking over the pga . Are they hoping for the OG sales to make money.
    I know it supposed to look like the old stuff, but at least give the golfers a better chance to make a putt than they did 20 years ago.

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