SC Custom Shop Studio Select Putters
Back9 ClubWRX Posted: WRX Points: 107Posts: 752 ClubWRX
The story of my new custom Scotty Belly and SquarebackAlthough I am a better than average putter, I decided to dedicate myself this off season to improving my putting and short game to try to drop my 5 index. I have done a lot of reading and Internet browsing trying to learn as much as I could about putting technique and mental approach. One idea that I came across was using a belly putter to help groove a proper arc stroke. I went to several area golf shops but the longest belly putter I came across was a 43" Spider. Although I am only 6'2", I am relatively thin and a 43" belly was not long enough for me- when I put it in my belly button the clubface was well inside my eyeline.
I then found a PING 1/2 Craz-E belly at 45" at TGW. With the 30 day return policy, I only had the cost of postage to lose if it didn't work out so I ordered one. After trying it for a few weeks indoors, I found I really liked the feel and results and the length seemed to be perfect. I began to toy with the idea of actually using it on the course rather than just as a training aid. Unfortunately, I was not a big fan of the looks, with the orange and black grip and the orange highlights on the putter head. It would be fine for practicing but couldn't see using it on the course (I know, I know).
After researching other belly putters online, I came across the Cameron Custom Shop belly putter conversion option. I had started using a 34" heavy Squareback that I had gotten from a fellow GolfWRX member toward the end of last year and I really liked it and it immediately became my gamer. I decided the best option for me would be to convert another Studio Select to a belly. Since they can only convert Selects with a plumber's neck, the options were Newport, Newport 2 and Newport 2 Midslant. After trying them all out, I decided on the Midslant. I was never a big fan of the grip on the Selects so I decided to send in my Squareback to get a midsize grip similar to the grip on the belly putter.
I sent in my Squareback and the new Midslant in mid December. I got the belly back before Christmas but the Squareback didn't get back until after New Year's. Since I was getting grips anyway, I decide to pick up a couple of headcovers so that I could get custom paintfill. I went with pretty a pretty basic red and white scheme for the belly to match the red belly grip. I decided to keep the Squareback pretty basic too with a black and white scheme. I had them put a sightline on the top of each putter and a stamp on the toe. I had heard that the Custom Shop sometimes doesn't do the paintfill as requested but they did mine just as I had asked. The Squareback is the heavy version with 20 gram weights (360 gram) and they put 30 gram weights in the Midslant as part of the belly conversion (380 gram).
I putted extensively indoors exclusively with the belly for the two weeks or so between when it arrived and when I got the Squareback back. I have now putted a lot with both the Squareback and belly and I think I have changed my stroke with the conventional putter for the better. I seem to have a smoother take away with a shorter backstroke and no wrist breakdown, changes I think are at least in part attributable to using the belly (and practicing a lot more than I ever have, I'm sure). Although I still feel more comfortable with the conventional putter at this time, I wouldn't be surprised if I end up using the belly some next season after I get a chance to practice on a real putting green. It is just so solid on putts up to 10-15 feet which are often the difference makers in your score.
Hope you enjoy the pics.
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