The Putter Studio is a dream setup that allows me to really focus on my number one goal, which has always been to make the finest putters in the world. Everything else is secondary. There’s hardly a sign identifying this special place, and no map to the Putter Studio. In fact, the only way to get here is to be invited. I keep it this way because the Putter Studio is a research and development facility for putters and accessories. I concentrate intensely on getting three things working together in harmony—the golf ball, the putter, and the player. My team and I are constantly trying new things, improving on the old, and pushing the Art of Putting to the next level. This is a place for testing, learning, imagination, and innovation. It’s also a hot rod shop for putters. But I’ll get to that in a minute.
When I started making putters in my garage, I dreamed of a larger facility where I could create. Dont get me wrong, I still work in my garage at home all the time. But to really do what I wanted to do, I needed a bigger shop. So, I sat down and hammered out a plan for the Putter Studio. And what I’ve come up with is a state-of-the-art facility. The nature of this Studio is to have a place where the art and science of putting can be practiced and put into play immediately—for the top Tour professionals and loyal Cameron putter players around the world who send their putters to the Custom Shop for work.
People often ask, Why a Putter Studio? It’s a great question. The Putter Studio—and namely the Performance Shop—was created as a place to help me figure out the answers to questions and thoughts we all have with putting. If the putting path is bad, does the ball actually cut or hook? Is the ball compressed hard enough to hook or cut? How does weight shift affect path? What about posture? Posture related to lie angle and shaft length? Is shaft angle the same at address as it is at impact? Does the putter have enough loft? How does ball position affect lie angle, and how does shaft angle affect loft? The list goes on. And that’s why I developed the Performance Shop inside the Putter Studio.
It’s inside there where I gather information based on these questions so I can formulate theories and prove them as facts—and then share them with the game’s top players. The information I use to make putters for touring professionals goes directly into my designs and modifications for putters that make it to production. Only in this environment—with the proper diagnostic tools we’ve custom fit to this location—can I find the answers to these questions to gain knowledge and the peace of mind we’re all searching for with regard to putting.
Everything we do at the Putter Studio revolves around the Performance Shop. This is where the Art of Putting meets its scientific counterpart. This room with its two-story vaulted ceiling is literally positioned in the center of the building and is the focal point for Tour fittings, research, and analysis. The Performance Shop is equipped with force plates to measure weight distribution, lasers for alignment, and high speed video cameras set up at various angles to capture information about a player’s address, stroke, and follow through. Everything is played back on flat screen monitors for instant analysis of the performance of the ball versus the putter versus the player.
This is a studio where players can learn and concentrate without distraction in a relaxing, but focused, environment. Additionally, we help them understand which putter fits their style of putting. The data we compile in the Performance Shop helps me design and create the best putter for a player’s individual needs. A player can come to the Studio and in a short time I can understand what he or she needs and likes. Then, I can create a putter to fill his or her needs right here at the Putter Studio.
The Custom Shop & Tour Department
I love the actual milling and grinding, buffing and bending, welding and stamping, shafting and tweaking of putter making. The Putter Studio’s Custom Shop is the perfect place for me to do this. In here, we treat every putter like a touring pro’s gamer. We can pretty much do anything we want to a putter in the Custom Shop. What I love is that not only do we service the top players in the world by dialing in putters to their exact specifications, but we also restore and customize putters for anyone who’d like to give their putter the star treatment.
The Custom Shop actually comprises the Tour Department, various customization stations, the Restoration Department, the Authentication Department, and Customer Service all under the same roof. Inside these walls we can pull apart a putter, mill the face, buff out the head, re-paint, add lines and sight dots, stamp initials and logos, re-shaft, re-grip, re-tune, and authenticate—pretty much outfit any putter any way you’d like it (within reason, of course). My goal with the Custom Shop is to provide you with a way to extend the life of your Scotty Cameron putter—even add some new life to it—by getting your gamer back in mint condition, giving it virtually an endless life. I want you to play my putter forever, and the Custom Shop gives you this opportunity.
The Custom Shop is not only for restoration and customization of existing Cameron putters. It’s set up with everything I need for prototyping, milling, welding, buffing, grinding, shaping and finishing new putters, too. As my father always said, if you don’t have the right tools, you can’t do the right job. I’ll come in here with an idea and build a putter from scratch in no time. Having the right space and tools is everything. Now, if I just had more time!
One Stop Shop
Our staff offices are upstairs where we design everything from headcovers to new Cameron Creations, apparel to shaft bands, art and logos for everything we make, and even this website. It’s all housed here at the Putter Studio, my dream creative work space. I still don’t have an actual desk or office, but I consider any part of the Putter Studio my workspace. Sometimes I’ll just write an idea on the floor…or a wall…or a work bench…you name it. That’s the point of a creative space—to be creative! And, to have a place where everyone enjoys coming to work on Monday. So far, so good. Thanks for dropping in. I hope you enjoyed this brief tour of the Putter Studio.
Glossary of Terms
1st off the mill, originated from the military reference 1st Article. The 1st Issues were generally the 1st 500 putters that came off the production line.
1st run putters were the same as the 1st issue putters meaning they were 1st off the production line. Another term to describe the 1st putters in the production series.
Once Scotty’s private Co., Scotty Cameron International, partnered with Titleist in 1994, the final run of Classic X and Classic 1putters were engraved AMF for "Adios My Friends" --Scotty’s way of saying thank you to his loyal customers.
A putter that is longer than standard (usually 42"-45") that rests against the belly during the stroke.
Technical term for the gun bluing process. The putter head is placed in the heated black oxide solution and as the pores of the metal open, the black oxide literally dyes the metal. If the head is buffed shiny the putter will have a deep shiny appearance.
This stamp is for friends of Scotty. The L stands for loser and is made in fun.
Denotes that the putter is made for Tour. The Circle T can be found on putters, headcovers and accessories.
This is an abbreviation for Computer Numerical Control and refers specifically to a computer "controller" that reads instructions and drives a milling machine. This allows for precision and repeatability.
Acknowledging a special achievement. Scotty has made commemorative putters to acknowledge the Masters, British Open, US Open, PGA Championship and other wins.
A copper plating over the carbon steel that gives the putter a different look and is meant to age and tarnish. In 1996 Scotty made a set of putters that were copper plated. He also makes some Tour putters with copper plating.
Achieved when Scotty hand stamps each letter crooked to give the appearance that the letters are dancing. One of Scottys distributors in Hawaii coined the phrase Crazy Cameron.
Crown, All Points
When Scotty was working out of his garage he couldn’t afford to have a logo stamp made so he created a logo out of his stamp set. The Crown was born using a zero and 3 upside down V’s with 3, 5 or 7 dots at the points.
Ancient swordmakers folded and forged various metals into weapons of remarkable strength, sharpness and beauty. With pronounced bands and whirling patterns throughout, this ultrahard steel came to be known as Damascus steel.
When the shaft of the putter is balanced on the finger the face points toward the sky and runs parallel to the ground. This makes the putter have less toe flow. See Toe Flow.
The backside of the putter from the topline back. Everything rolls from the topline to the flange.
Floating Face (beached)
A slit milled through the sole of the putter. Scotty adds this to create different sound, which translates into different feel. The closer the slit is to the face the higher pitched the sound. The farther back the slit is milled from the face, the less the sound will change. Sound comes 1st before feel, so different sounds greatly affect feel.
A flowing neck is achieved when the curve of the neck flows from a long, round neck. The shorter the neck the more kink or angle in the bend and less flow. Flow or Flare necks typically provide maximum toe flow and can help players with overly mechanical putting stroked that lack natural flow.
Trademarked by Scotty to signify the highest quality stainless steel he’s found for putter making, GSS stands for German Stainless Steel.
A putter is hand finished when it is taken from the mill in its blocky form and the edges are rolled, mill marks are blended and the entire putter is finished to remove sharp edges.
"Lots of work!" The mill is moved entirely by hand to create the putters shape. Scotty started on a tabletop mill and moved to a Bridgeport. Scotty makes very few handmade putters each year. All handmade putters are stamped "Scott Cameron".
When the stampings on the putter are stamped by hand using a good ol’ fashioned hammer and stamp. You can usually tell a handstamp because you will see where the metal is "mushroomed" out around the edges of the letters from the force of the stamp displacing the metal.
The toe of the putter is shaped to flow upward giving the putter more of an upright appearance at address. This, in effect, cheats the eye, helping the player keep the putter soled at address. Scotty often designs high toes into his putters to help players set up more comfortably (and correctly) at address.
A solid block of metal. Scotty Cameron putters are made from ingots of stainless or raw carbon steel. In some designs, aluminum is used, as well.
Initials are found on the putter denoting who the putter was made for. In many cases the initials are on the toe or in the back cavity.
"Just a Thought". Scotty will make prototype putters for players and stamp JAT on them so the player can get an idea of Scotty’s design.
Crimping or stamping a round material. Completely cosmetic. The Scottymaster had knurling around the top of the neck.
The total length of the putter measured from the butt end of the grip to the sweet spot of the putter. Many manufacturers measure putters differently, measuring from the heel of the putter to the butt of the grip. These putters are usually ½" to 1" longer than Cameron putters. The ideal putter length sets your eyes 1-2” inside of the target line to allow you to execute the proper arcing putting stroke while maintaining good posture and balance.
Angle of a putters neck and shaft as measured from a horizontal sole. Scotty generally designs to 71 degrees, however he varies that per design and player preference. The proper lie of the putter is determined by its length relative to the posture and setup of the player. If a putter is too long it can be held too flat, and if it is too short it can be held too upright.
Degrees of the face angle. Typically 3°- 5°. The golf ball, weighing 45 grams, sits in a shallow depression on the putting surface. In order to clear the edge of this depression, the putter must have loft to lift the ball out and on a straight path.
"Make it Happen" There are lots of dreamers in this world, MIH is intended to take it from a dream to reality. Make it Happen!
The abbreviation refers to "Military Specifications" and refers to the fact that each club is milled to exact specs.
The name, from a seaside beach town in California, given to a limited edition putter that has a floating face, or a slit milled through the sole. Scotty calls this "beaching" a putter.
Brownish black oxide finish that has iridescent hues like you see when opening a fresh can of oil. With time, this finish gives the putter a worn leather look.
Putters do not swing vertically back and through along the target line. Because of lie angle, the proper putting stroke moves along an arcing path: slightly inside of the target line, back to square, then to the inside again after impact. The proper length putter correctly sets eye position just inside the target line, and the correct amount of toe flow allows the putter to flow squarely to the proper arcing path throughout the stroke.
Also called a "plumber neck". Scotty was under his sink fixing a leak and the bends in the pipes were reminiscent of the neck on one of his putters. The term plumbing neck was born. Plumbing necks provide a medium toe flow and are appropriate for players with naturally flowing strokes who prefer a balanced putter design.
A very durable, silver nickel finish that has a rich platinum appearance. It is one of the refinishing options available for nearly any putter (excluding stainless steel putters) in the Custom Shop.
Pre-production idea. Welded necks, hot bends, hand shapes, new weighting, offset, etc. A prototype is an idea that slowly forms into a final product.
This term refers to restoration-modification. It originated as a car term for a vehicle that was restored to like new condition and modified with custom, state-of-the-art parts effectively making it better than original. Scotty uses this term in the Custom Shop because he often restores putters and modifies them with new finishes, alignment aides, initials, etc., making them even better.
Scotty Cameron Garage. Putters denoted with SCG over the 3 points of the crown were made in Scotty’s machine shop in his garage.
Scotty Cameron Milled or Made. There are 3 points on the handmade crown so Scotty needed a third letter to finish the crown.
Scotty was homesick in a Hong Kong bar listening to American music and saw an icemaker named the Scottsman. The name seemed to strike a chord and was later used to name a line of putters.
Borrowed from Scottsdale and mixed his own name to form Scottydale.
Borrowed from Ironmaster and put his name in to form Scottymaster. This was done at the same time as the Scottydale.
A dot on the topline of the putter to denote the sweetspot.
A line on the topline or flange of the putter to aid in alignment.
Scotty wanted to get rid of the elbow of the plumbers neck for a sleeker more unobstructed look at the ball, but retaining the ¼ hang of the plumbers neck. The slant neck gives a cleaner look at the ball.
Small dot indentations on the back flange many times painted white, which gives the appearance of snow. The idea was to keep the back flange separate from the top line and break the putter into 2 separate parts. Snow is hand stamped and visually very beautiful.
Sole Draft Angle
Negative bounce on the sole that prevents the putter from sitting or looking closed. Allows the putter to sit open but never closed. Most players on tour don’t mind a putter that looks open but they never want to see a putter that is closed.
Straight shaft necks provide minimum toe flow and can help players who tend to manipulate the face with their hands. These strokes tend to start inside the ideal arc, with missed putts generally pulled.
Hot bend around neck to make the putter more face balanced with less toe flow. The neck has an S shape or swan neck to it when complete.
TEi stands for Teryllium, an alloy of 12 different metals. The 3 stands for the 3 different materials that comprise the putter: carbon, copper or Teryllium, and elastomer.
In order for the putter head to move squarely along the proper arcing path, the toe of the putter must “flow” throughout the stroke. How and where the neck or shaft of the putter joins the head determines its toe flow.
Made for Tour use only
Describes the appearance of a black oxide finish. The topline, flange and hosel are misted, the face milled and the sole has a Scotch Brite™ finish. The topline is misted so there is no glare. The Triple Black finish is widely used on tour.
The widows peak is a sign of craftsmanship and is where the neck blends into the body. In a well crafted putter there will be a V where the neck and body meet, hence widows peak.
Experimental Special Limited Cameron or Experimental Summer Lynne Cameron named after his first daughter.