Scotty’s Putter Terminology

Broaden your knowledge of the Scotty Cameron putter brand and add our Glossary terms to your vocabulary. From playful to helpful to downright colorful, Scotty’s been talking about his putters for a few decades using terms, acronyms and abbreviations inspired by his craft, background and experience. Check back now and again, as he likes to come up with new terms often for the Glossary. JAT.



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.
1st Issue 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 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.
AMF 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.
Belly Putter A putter that is longer than standard (usually 42"-45") that rests against the belly during the stroke.
Black Oxide 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.
Circle L This stamp is for friends of Scotty. The L stands for loser and is made in fun.
Circle T Denotes that the putter is made for Tour. The Circle T can be found on putters, headcovers and accessories.
CNC 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.
Commemorative Acknowledging a special achievement. Scotty has made commemorative putters to acknowledge the Masters, British Open, US Open, PGA Championship and other wins.
Copper Plating 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.
Crazy Cameron 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.
Damascus 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.
Face Balanced 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.
Flange 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.
Flowing Neck 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.
GSS Trademarked by Scotty to signify the highest quality stainless steel he’s found for putter making, GSS stands for German Stainless Steel.
Hand Finish 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.
Handmade "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".
Handstamp 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.
High Toe 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.
Ingot 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 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.
J.A.T. "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.
Knurling Crimping or stamping a round material. Completely cosmetic. The Scottymaster had knurling around the top of the neck.
Length 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.
Lie 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.
Loft 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.
M.I.H. "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!
Mil-Spec The abbreviation refers to "Military Specifications" and refers to the fact that each club is milled to exact specs.
Newport Beach 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.
Oil Can 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.
Path 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.
Plumbing Neck 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.
Pro Platinum A very durable, silver nickel finish that has a rich platinum appearance. It is no longer one of the refinishing options available in the Custom Shop.
Prototype 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.
Resto-Mod 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.
SCG Scotty Cameron Garage. Putters denoted with SCG over the 3 points of the crown were made in Scotty’s machine shop in his garage.
SCM Scotty Cameron Milled or Made. There are 3 points on the handmade crown so Scotty needed a third letter to finish the crown.
Scottsman 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.
Scottydale Borrowed from Scottsdale and mixed his own name to form Scottydale.
Scottymaster Borrowed from Ironmaster and put his name in to form Scottymaster. This was done at the same time as the Scottydale.
Sightdot A dot on the topline of the putter to denote the sweetspot.
Sightline A line on the topline or flange of the putter to aid in alignment.
Slant Neck 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.
Snow 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 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.
Swan Neck 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.
TEi3 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.
Toe Flow 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.
Tour Model Made for Tour use only
Triple Black 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.
Widows Peak 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.
X-SLC Experimental Special Limited Cameron or Experimental Summer Lynne Cameron named after his first daughter.