Scotty Cameron

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Don T. "Scotty" Cameron (born November 8, 1962) is an American golf club maker primarily known for making putters for the Acushnet Company, which operates the Titleist brand of golf balls and clubs. The Scotty Cameron putter brand has been part of Titleist since 1994.

Cameron was born in Glendale, California. He later moved to Huntington Beach, where he attended Edison High School. He now lives in Carlsbad, California with his wife and two daughters.

In 1991, Cameron designed and manufactured putters and worked directly with select golf equipment manufacturers, including Maxfli, Cleveland and the Ray Cook Golf Company. During this year, he manufactured his first retail production putter, nicknamed the Fry's Pity Putter.[1] Later that year, Cameron began producing putters exclusively for Mizuno.

In late 1992, Cameron and his wife, Kathy, set up Cameron Golf International and began selling the Scotty Cameron Classic line of putters. In 1993, Bernhard Langer won the Masters Tournament using a Cameron[2] prototype putter. Langer's Masters Tournament win helped to jumpstart the Camerons' new company.

In August 1994, Titleist fought off competition from five other companies to contract with Cameron to make putters exclusively for the Acushnet Company.[2] Since then, the Scotty Cameron brand has grown to be one of the leading names in golf.[3]

In 1996, the first Scotty Cameron Putter Studio was established in San Diego’s North County where the top players in the world would come to analyze and understand their putting strokes and have custom putters created by Scotty.

In 2004, the Acushnet Company expanded the Putter Studio’s square footage and capabilities. Cameron and his team moved to a new research and development facility built from the ground up. Additionally, the Putter Studio houses the Custom Shop, where anyone can prepare an order online and send a Scotty Cameron putter for restoration and/or customization.

In 2007, the Scotty Cameron Museum & Gallery was opened in Japan near Tokyo. It houses many one-of-a-kind Scotty Cameron products, putters and prototypes, including many personal artifacts.

On May 20, 2011 - Fortune Brands, Inc. announced an agreement for the sale of its Acushnet Company golf business, including the Scotty Cameron brand, to a group led by Fila Korea Ltd., for $1.225 billion in cash.[4][unreliable source?] According to Gene Yoon, chairman of Fila Korea, the acquisition provides them with well-known brands to sell in emerging markets in Asia.[5]

Future plans include opening a new Scotty Cameron golf gallery and boutique in Encinitas, California open to the public where amateur golfers can experience the same fitting experience as professional tour players.

Tiger Woods using Scotty Cameron putters[edit]

Tiger Woods used a Scotty Cameron for the majority of his career and during 13 of his 14 major championships (he used a different Scotty Cameron putter in his 1997 Masters victory). It is made of 303 German Stainless Steel. It has a single sight dot and a red "cherry dot" on both the face and in the back cavity. The putter also has a blank sole and has "Tiger" on the left bumper and "Woods" on the right bumper. Tiger uses a Ping grip on his putter. Woods had used a Scotty Cameron putter for all of his professional golf victories up to December 2011. His most used Scotty Cameron putter was first put into play in July 1999.

In 2010, Woods switched from the putter he had been using since 1999 to a Nike Method 001 putter.[6] This change was not without controversy and Woods spent almost a year experimenting with different Nike models before settling on a configuration he liked.[7]

Major victories[edit]

A number of other professional golfers use Scotty Camerons including those that are on staff of many other major golf companies (Nike, Taylormade, Callaway, etc.). Since 1993, more than 500 worldwide tournaments and about 1/3 (Tiger Woods has won almost 1/2 of these with his Scotty Cameron putter) of the four majors have been won by a player using a Scotty Cameron putter. In 1996, The Scotty Cameron brand won its first putter count on Tour via the Darrell Survey.[citation needed] Scotty Cameron putters rank second in wins in the modern era, behind Ping.[8]

Product Timeline[edit]

Year Product information
1992 Scotty Cameron designed putters for Mizuno. Four production models were designed for the U.S. market: the M-100, M-200, M-300 and M-400.
1993 First line of Scotty Cameron putters released by Cameron Golf International, referred to as the Classics.
1994 Second line of Scotty Cameron putters released by Cameron Golf International, referred to as the Scottsman series.
1995 First line of Scotty Cameron by Titleist putters released, with all models taking their names from locations in California: Newport, Catalina, Coronado, Del Mar, La Costa, Laguna,and Napa. Santa Fe, Newport 2 and Sonoma models were added in 1996.[citation needed]
1996 Santa Fe, Newport 2 and Sonoma models were added.[citation needed]
1997 Teryllium series was introduced, featuring an alloy face insert. Three models were initially released: Newport, Newport 2 and Santa Fe.[citation needed]
1998 Oil Can Classics, a revision of the Classics product line was released with a new oil can finish.
Teryllium Del Mar 2, and "Long Neck" versions of the Newport and Newport 2 were released.[citation needed]
1999 The second generation Teryllium II series was launched, with a polymer cushion added behind face insert to soften the feel.
Pro Platinum series was introduced, featuring a non-glare finish, and available in four models: Newport mid-slant, Del Mar 3, Laguna 2, and Sonoma 2 mid-slant.[citation needed]
2000 The Oil Can Classics series was discontinued.
Mil-Spec Newport putter was released, featuring different length, weight, and lie angle options to allow for custom fitting.[citation needed]
2001 Studio Design series was introduced, featuring a classic blade-style design, and were the first Cameron/Titleist putters missing the familiar California names. There were four models: 1, 1.5, 2 and 3.
Bulls Eye, Cameron's interpretation of the classic design in a "pro platinum" finish, was released with two models options: flange and non-flange.[citation needed]
2002 The Teryllium II series was discontinued.
Studio Stainless series was introduced. They were milled from 303 stainless steel and available in four models: Newport, Newport 2, Newport 2.5 and Newport Beach.[citation needed]
2003 The Pro Platinum series was discontinued.
Futura model was introduced with a radically different design from anything Cameron had produced in the past, and available in standard and mid (44" long) models.[citation needed]
2004 Red X, mallet-style, series was introduced, featuring a high-grade stainless steel face insert intended to enhance feel.[citation needed]
2005 The Studio Stainless series was discontinued.
Studio Style series was introduced, mimicking the appearance of the Studio Stainless while incorporating the insert technology of the Red X. This series featured four models: Newport, Newport 1.5, Newport 2, Newport 2.5.
The Futura series was renamed Futura Phantom and its appearance updated, with two mallet-style putters added to the line.[citation needed]
2006 Circa ’62 series, referring the year Cameron was born, was introduced, featuring a classic design similar to that of the Studio Design series, with models named in the same numeric fashion (1,2,3 & 5).
Red X Mid (43") and Long (48") models were added.
Detour model was introduced featuring a very unconventional design.
Napa Valley limited edition was released, with 2006 pieces (1,800 right-hand and 206 left-hand) available.[citation needed]
2007 The Circa ’62model line was updated with a new "Charcoal Mist" finish, and the number 5 model was replaced with the 6.
The Red X series had two new models introduced that did not feature the face insert of the originals.
The Detour series was adapted for use in two "conventional" putter models: Newport and Newport 2.5.
Teryllium Ten (T10) limited edition was released, featuring a brilliant black pearl finish, stepless chrome shafts, and a hand-stitched leather grip. There were 2007 pieces available in each of the Newport 2, and Newport 2.5 models.
Catalina Classic limited edition is released with 2007 pieces available.[citation needed]
2008 The Studio Style series was discontinued.
Studio Select series was introduced. An update to the studio style, it had a higher toe designed to prevent pulling putts to the left, factory adjustable weights near the heel and the toe, a solid stainless face and the tour "cherry bombs" on the back and on the head cover. It was available in Newport, Newport 1.5, Newport 2 and Newport 2 midslant models.
Button Back Newport and Button Back Newport 2, similar to the Studio Select line but with a copper insert in the face, was introduced. It was available in limited quantities of 4000 each world wide.
Cameron introduced what he called one of his "finest creations", the Damascus 009.[9]
2009 Studio Select Kombi, Studio Select Kombi Mid and Studio Select Kombi Long, all mallet style, were added to the Studio Select series. The "California" Series was released, bringing back older models Del Mar, Coronado, Sonoma, Monterey in a honey dipped finish with interchangeable weights similar to the "Studio Select" line. The "Napa California" was also released in a Gun Blue finish and a leather headcover. It was the first limited edition putter to feature the "Pittard's" leather stitchback grip, with 3,500 made (3,250 right-hand and 250 left-hand) available.[citation needed]
2012 The previous models "Studio Select Kombi", Newport, Newport 2, Newport 1.5, Newport 2.5, and the Newport 2.5 Notchback remained large favorites. Most of these models were improved upon with the edition of a black matte finish. The California series models continued to be produced, The Del Mar, Coronado, Sonoma, Monterey, and Napa models. Cameron introduced the newest edition to the putters offered, the "GoLo." The GoLo and the Kombi are offered in 3 sizes continued from 2009, the Kombi/GoLo Regular(33 in, 34 in, and 35 in), the Kombi/GoLo Mid(43 in and 44 in), and the Kombi/GoLo Long( 47–49 in).

Players[edit]

These are some big names on tour who use(d) Cameron Putters:

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