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The Scotty Cameron Timeless putter is a “Tour only” variation of Scotty’s classic Newport 2 head shape with a few finer touches and elements geared toward the high-end market.
Scotty Cameron is synonymous with high-end putter making. Whether or not everyone agrees with that assessment is a different issue. What can’t be argued is that Scotty’s brand has made some pretty cool stuff over the past 25 years, and a lot of elite players trust his putters to perform well on the greens. One of Scotty’s most famous putters in the high-end “Tour” market is the Scotty Cameron Timeless putter. First introduced in 2008, the Timeless was intended to be an interpretation of the Anser 2 head shape that would be considered classic or “timeless” as the years go by. The shape has varied a little since its beginnings, but the Timeless continues to be one of the most popular options amongst high-end collectors and Tour players alike.
When you start getting into the world of Scotty Cameron Tour putters, or custom orders, it’s not uncommon to run into a one of a kind putter. In some cases, they’re nothing special, in other cases they’re extravagant and over the top. Inevitably there’s enough out there to find something to fit your tastes. Personally, I’m a big fan of the Timeless pictured in this review. I like the unique stamping like the Hot Head Harry in the cavity, the look of the hand milling on the face, the black finish with the black shaft, the “Tour Bomb” on the face heel, and the signature Circle T on the sole. These touches make for a unique putter that some would call a work of art. I’ll be honest, there are more Scotty Cameron Tour putters that I find unappealing than appealing, but this one really catches my eye.
Additionally, the putter has a thinner face/topline and softer lines in general. It’s a fairly moderate and classic take on the #2 shape that should be visually appealing to any fan of the shape.
Sound & Feel
Typically, I believe sound & feel is where Scotty Cameron gets smoked by other putter manufacturers, however, it’s a totally different ball game if you’re willing to spend the cash. I generally find the basic off the rack (OTR) Scotty Cameron putters to be somewhat “blah” in this department. Not great, not terrible, just very neutral with a big price tag. For a few more dollars (or less in some cases), you can get a premium putter from other putter makers that sound and feel tour-grade. I’ve even had experiences with a lot of Tour Cameron putters where I’ve been surprised at the lack of feel.
I specifically targeted the newest Scotty Cameron Timeless because I liked the head shape, but also because I kept reading that the face milling and thinner topline had a much better feel and a really nice “click” to it as opposed to the standard OTR milling or deep milled putters. To Cameron’s credit, this Timeless delivered. The feel is responsive, but soft and I would say it has that “TV click” at impact (as in what it sounds like when they putt on TV). This topline and milling has been showing up in some other Cameron prototypes so I’m optimistic for the larger golfing community that it may make its way into the retail offerings.
So great, Scotty Cameron can make cool looking putters and accessories, charge a mint for them, and people will keep buying them. At the end of the day though, real golfers are going to want something that performs for them more than anything else…especially if they’re spending thousands of dollars on a Tour putter or using a putter to make thousands of dollars on Tour. This is a realistic expectation, and Scotty generally does a good job delivering.
The Timeless tested here performed well in the sense that it was very solid, well balanced, and easy to control through the swing. There is nothing revolutionary, not that there is supposed to be, about this putter and it gives a you a good reliable roll on the ball. The key is that the putter is relatively simple with really good feel and response so you just have to focus on putting a good stroke on the ball.
If you’re asking me if this Scotty Cameron Timeless putter makes a compelling case to justify spending a small fortune, I can’t say that I think it’s the best way to go. Don’t get me wrong, I think this Timeless is absolutely beautiful and a tremendous putter, but there are other equally good of options out there. That said, if you’re a collector willing to make the investment and you’re looking for something under the Cameron brand that’s a solid piece of craftsmanship as well as a good tool of the trade, then the Timeless is a great option. Scotty Cameron has made it easier than ever before to acquire his Tour putters with the opening of his Scotty Cameron Gallery in Encinitas, California as well as the retail website where new putters are released to the public every Wednesday. Be quick because they sell out fast, and you’ll even see a Timeless pop up from time to time.