Golf Club Tested
Club: Scotty Cameron Select Fastback Putter
Loft Setting: 3.5°
Aditional weighs: 2 x 10gm
Putting is an element of the game where feel and looks play more of a part than the technology. It is an art form, but finding the perfect putter is akin to finding the perfect wife – it’s always a work in progress. But it’s a eureka moment when you do. Then begins a love/hate relationship, eyeing up a new model now and again after a particularly bad round, but knowing deep down nothing compares with the bond you already have with your current model.
So when I knew I was testing the new Scotty Cameron Select Fastback on my recent trip to the Dominican Republic, I was intrigued as to how this new mistress would perform, and whether I feel guilty leaving my trusted putter at home. The answer in a nutshell? I think I could be trading the old girl in!!
As the blurb goes, each Select putter is a precision-milled, elegantly refined shape with Tour-validated balance and stability, accented by a Silver Mist finish and red-dot cosmetics.
What this all means is that the moment you pick one of these babies up, not only does it feel perfect, it looks great. However, it’s when you strike your first putt that you realise the feel, sound and balance all work in perfect harmony together.
The compact mallet shape is designed with a pop-up sole plate that is milled from aircraft-grade aluminum. The milled face and increased MOI – moment of inertia, the club’s resistance to twisting at impact – make sure you get the minimum amount of skid at impact, and the simple but perfectly placed red cross design behind the ball as you look down at address becomes the ideal alignment aid.
The Select fastback comes in three shaft lengths, 33", 34", 35" and with a 2° + or – lie angle all the putters have a loft of 3.5°
When you hear the term “you get what you pay for”, this certainly is the case with Scotty Cameron putters. They are expensive, but then again they are hand crafted and precision milled, and you certainly can feel all that craftsmanship when you pick one up and make your first putt.
I liked the solid feel at impact and the weight of the putter in my hands. It was heavy, but not too heavy, simply a weight where you felt in total command of your golf ball and what it was going to do.
The question you probably want me to answer is are they worth the money? And I would have to say that if you get one custom fitted to you, then yes they are. The one I tested wasn’t custom fitted to me, but I could still feel how responsive it was – a solid feel at impact and perfect balance. With the perfect shaft length, weight and lie, it could be a powerful weapon in my armory.
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