Golf News for Thursday, May 8, 2014 | Equipment

Scotty Cameron Dual Balance putters now include Select Newport 2 and GoLo 7

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. -- Two of Master Craftsman Scotty Cameron's most-popular, tour-proven models and shapes - Select Newport 2 and GoLo 7 - are now available with Dual Balance technology for golfers that want to stabilize their putting stroke.

Scotty Cameron Dual Balance putters are counterbalanced designs, developed through extensive research and testing in the Putter Studio and on the PGA Tour, that provide unmatched stability for golfers that struggle to make a consistent stroke with a conventional length putter.

Cameron and his team, through two decades of high-speed video research with tour players, have found that the best putters in the world keep the butt end of the putter pointed to the same 1- to 2-inch circle in their midsection throughout the stroke. Dual Balance putters, with a 50-gram heavier head weight (400 grams total) and a 50-gram counterweight in the butt of the putter shaft, are specifically designed to help golfers replicate that stroke, without anchoring the club to the body.

"The purpose of anchoring a putter is to stop the butt end of the club from moving. Now that anchoring will be against the rules, we've determined the best way to help golfers regain that stability and control is through Dual Balance, by adding 50 grams to the shaft and balancing that with 50 grams in the head," Cameron said. "It eliminates that tendency for many players to flip, push or lead the putter with their hands.

"Instead of stopping the butt end, we're able to slow everything down. The counterweight in the shaft helps keep the butt stable and pointed at your belly. The additional head weight makes the putter slower and more lethargic without it feeling too heavy. If you only add shaft weight, you actually end up robbing head weight, which makes the head quicker. So you need to balance that out. We have found through our experiments that 50 grams in the shaft and head is ideal for weight, feel and performance. But you have to be careful to maintain the proper shaft flex. It took a lot of testing to make sure we got everything just right with these new models."

The proper length of a Dual Balance putter is three inches longer than a golfer's conventional putter length. (Accordingly, the standard length of a Dual Balance putter is 38 inches, three inches longer than the standard length of a conventional 35-inch Scotty Cameron putter.) The additional three inches provides stability while keeping the putter unanchored.

The larger diameter, 15-inch long Dual Balance Flat Front Winn grip is designed so golfers can grip down to place the shaft weight above the hands for a smoother, more stable stroke. The grip has a colored section at the top that indicates proper hand placement (at 35 inches for standard models), keeping the 50-gram counterweight above the hands for maximum effect.

The combination of the heavier head, shaft weight and larger grip stabilize the stroke by reducing the common faults of flipping, pushing or dragging with the hands.

SHAPE CHOICES: The Dual Balance lineup now includes a shape from each of Cameron's three tour-validated putter families: Select, GoLo and Futura X.

"Putting is such a personal experience. That's why we have three different putter families, with putters that are doing and saying different things," Cameron said. "The shape of the putter may be something you like to look at, or it could be more about alignment. Either way, it's all about finding what helps you and gives you confidence. That's why it was important for us to bring Dual Balance technology to each of our families."

Select Newport 2, Cameron's most popular model both on tour and with players around the world, is a modern blade with crisp back angles and a single black sight line for refined precision. The Newport 2 Dual Balance head is slightly larger than the conventional model to accommodate for the additional 50 grams.

GoLo 7 is an elegant yet modern, easy-to-align mallet, with a single black sight line that helps square the face. The putter has a rounded profile and racy soleplate design with a curved back that flows into the ground. GoLo 7 Dual Balance stores its extra 50 grams under the soleplate. The conventional GoLo 7 model is hollow under the soleplate.

Select Newport 2 and GoLo 7 Dual Balance putters use a deep-milled face to deliver tour-proven feel and soft sound. Both models feature a soft Silver Mist finish with race-car inspired, framed and double-milled cherry dot graphics in the back and cherry dot graphics in the sole to help create a modern but timeless appearance.

Futura X, Cameron's original Dual Balance design, is a high-MOI mallet with advanced perimeter stability weighting and T-shaped sight lines. Futura X Dual Balance has a steel center section, increasing the weight by 50 grams, as opposed to the aluminum center section of the conventional Futura X. The putter has a Frozen Titanium finish that helps reduce glare, two black sight lines and red cherry dot weights in the sole and balance bar. The mid-milled face texture draws a crisp sound from the aluminum face and body.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Select Newport 2 and GoLo 7 Dual Balance putters have an MSRP of $399 and are available beginning May 30, 2014, in golf shops worldwide.

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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:

Newport 2 Dual Balance
Loft: 3.5º
Lie: 70º
RH Lengths: 36-40" (38" Standard)
LH Lengths: N/A

Head Material: Milled 303 Stainless Steel
Counterweight: 50g
Head weight: 400g (+50g)
Neck: Single Bend
Offset: 3/4 shaft
Grip: 15" Cameron Dual Balance

GoLo 7 Dual Balance
Loft: 3.5º
Lie: 70º
RH Lengths: 36-40" (38" Standard)
LH Lengths: 36-40" (38" Standard)

Head Material: Milled 303 Stainless Steel
Counterweight: 50g
Head weight: 400g (+50g)
Neck: Single Bend
Offset: 3/4 shaft
Grip: 15" Cameron Dual Balance

Futura X Dual Balance
Loft: 3.5º
Lie: 70º
RH Lengths: 36-40" (38" Standard)
LH Lengths: 36-40" (38" Standard)

Head Material: Milled 303 Stainless Steel
Counterweight: 50g
Head weight: 400g (+50g)
Neck: Single Bend
Offset: 3/4 shaft
Grip: 15" Cameron Dual Balance

• Available in 1" lengths from 36-40".
• Some lengths are custom order only.
• Custom Loft +/-1° Custom Lie +/-2°.
• Additional options available at www.scottycameron.com.

CONTACT: Eric Soderstrom, Manager of Communications (508.979.3028; eric_soderstrom@acushnetgolf.com).