The 3 S’s Of The 2018 Scotty Cameron Select Putters

2018 scotty cameron select putters

“I always strive to raise the bar by incorporating new materials, milling and manufacturing techniques. I’m at the point with the Select line of putters that now I’m hyper-focused on the finest details.”

-Scotty Cameron

The 2018 Scotty Cameron Select putter line makes changes to 3 S’s: sight, sound, and the sole.  We take a closer look at these changes as well as introduce you to the models you can choose from.

2018 Scotty Cameron Select: 3 S’s

Sight


The 2018 Scotty Cameron Select putters feature a rounder, beveled top line that gives each putter a clean look. Each putter in the line also has a single, black sightline on the back of the putter. This position is one that’s preferred by many Tour players. These changes to the sight of the 2018 Select putters pleasing to the eye and inspire more confidence on the greens.

Sound


Sound and feel of a putter are also important to its performance. The 2018 Select putters feature 30% more vibration dampening material between the face and body. That translates to a more pleasing sound on impact. Scotty’s latest design also allows a dampening membrane to be placed between the sole plate and body, preserving more excellent feel and feedback.

Sole


In the past, putters have tended to sit slightly closed at address due to the weight of the shaft and grip combined with the offset. To combat this, Scotty designed these putters with a balance point shifted forward. Here’s how Cameron describes it:

“We’ve reengineered the sole to account for the shaft and grip weight by actually moving metal in minute increments to help the putter align perfectly. I call it four-way sole balancing because we’ve balanced the putter from face to cavity, and from heel to toe.” – Scotty Cameron

Now, here’s a look at the models offered in the 2018 Select putter line.

2018 Scotty Cameron Select Models

The 2018 line consists of unique setups that complement each putter shape and size.

Blades

The Newport, Newport2, Newport 2.5, and Laguna (the Laguna is back!) models are modern heel-and-toe weighted blades that support flowing strokes. Each features a 303 stainless steel inlay precision milled and hand buffed prior to being bonded to the stainless steel body. The inlay wraps all the way from the sole to the top line. This fusion of materials provides ultra-responsive feel and feedback at impact.

Mid-Mallets

The Newport 3 is a heel shafted mid-mallet based on the Newport head shape. It features a ¾” offset flow neck for the player looking for additional toe flow in his stroke. A lightweight 6061 aluminum face inlay is fused to a 303 stainless body, distributing weight for higher MOI performance. This is a brand new model for 2018.

The last 2 models offered in the 2018 Select line are the Fastback and Squareback mid-mallets. Each combines 6061 aircraft grade aluminum inlays with Scotty’s wrap-around face-sole technology. It’s a single piece of aluminum that wraps down and around to create the midsection of the sole. Weight is concentrated on the perimeter, creating a higher MOI (forgiveness) and stability for “straight back, straight through” strokes. Both models are refined with the milled, single sight line as opposed to the previous pop-through feature, allowing for additional vibration dampening attached to the stainless steel core.

Which 2018 Scotty Cameron Select Putter Will You Choose?

Whether you have an arc in your putting stroke or not, there’s a putter for you in the 2018 Scotty Cameron Select putter line. Refinements to the 3 S’s (sight, sound, and sole) make these beauties a must-try this year.

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TaylorMade Spider Interactive Putter: Putt Like A Pro

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One of the main things that separate Tour players from mere mortals on the course is their putting. Sure, they practice a lot but they also benefit from using high tech putting analyzers to correct any flaws. Now, thanks to a collaboration between TaylorMade and Blast Motion, you too can have those same advantages.

Spider Interactive Putter Powered by Blast

The Club

The Spider Interactive putter starts out with the TaylorMade Spider Tour putter, one of the most popular putters on the market. Here’s a refresher on what makes this club perform.

The 304 stainless steel frame combines with a lightweight, 6061 aluminum body. Using these 2 metals allows weight to be positioned around the perimeter, improving stability and MOI.

interactive spider pure roll insert

The face of the putter has a milled aluminum Pure Roll insert. The insert increases directional accuracy, improves distance control, and promotes better forward roll, all to help you sink more putts. It also has a solid feel at impact.

The top of the putter has a single line that extends from front to back, making alignment easy.

taylormade spider interactive putter models

There are 2 hosel options on the Spider Interactive putter, a double-bend and “L” shaped hosel. The double bend is a face-balanced putter, perfect for a straight-back-straight-through stroke. The “L” shaped hosel has a slight toe hang (21 degrees) and fits a golfer with a slight arc in their putting stroke.

Finally, the putter is topped off with a SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0 grip, which is where the technology of Blast Motion comes in.

Blast Motion

Blast Motion, first utilized in baseball, is a sensor at the end of the club. The sensor captures crucial data that helps you understand your stroke and improve. These metrics are timing (backstroke time, forward stroke time, and tempo), impact stroke speed, and face rotation.

blast motion app

All of this information is transferred to a matching iOS or Android mobile app, aimed to help you become a better putter. Users can easily track performance and analyze the data over time as they work to improve. The app also has tiered training modules and drills focusing on what the player needs to improve.

Lastly, the app features video recording and playback capability so you can record and analyze your stroke.

blast motion

The Spider Interactive putter comes with the Blast live sensor, Charging pad, micro USP cable, sensor installation key, and a yellow filler plug to be used to make the putter conforming for tournaments.

Putt Smarter with the Spider Interactive Putter

The TaylorMade Spider Interactive putter is all about improving your putting. It combines the high performance of the Spider Tour with the data analysis of Blast Motion. This combination will boost your confidence whenever you step on the green.

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PING G400 Max Driver: Maximize Your Game

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The PING G400 series of drivers have options for any type of golfer. The standard G400 offers distance and forgiveness for the majority of golfers. The G400 LST is perfect for those needing to cut spin down. Those fighting a slice gravitate toward the draw-biased G400 SFT. What else could the Arizona company bring to the table? Enter the G400 Max driver.

This latest PING driver has many of the same features that are seen in the rest of the G400 driver family. We go over these, but first, we look at what’s different on the G400 Max.

PING G400 Max Driver

The Big Differences

Head Size

G400 Max driver bigger head

The first big difference of the G400 Max driver is the size of the club head. Coming in at 460 ccs, the G400 Max is 15 ccs bigger than its brethren. This larger profile gives that little bit of extra forgiveness. The larger head also lowers the CG position to maximize the MOI to over 9,900, making it the most forgiving driver currently on the market.

Sound

g400 max driver internal ribs

Inside the PING G400 Max are ribs designed to make the clubs sound, and therefore feel, better. The ribs give the club a deep, muted sound at impact.

Differences On the Face

g400 max driver face

Looking at the face of the G400 Max, you’ll notice a different pattern. The rest of the G4oo drivers have straight lines that for a slight U-shape. On the G400 Max, the U-shape is pronounced with lines, helping to frame the ball easier at address. This easy alignment gives you more confidence in hitting a solid strike.

The face also has a bit of roughness to it. PING says this was done to lower spin by increasing friction at impact.

Similarities with G400 drivers

The G400 Max driver uses the same thin T9S+ forged face as the other G400 drivers. The material flexes more at impact than other steels, increasing ball speed and forgiveness across the face.

Ping G400 drivers dragonfly tech

The crown of the G400 Max also has Dragonfly technology and turbulators in common. Dragonfly technology pairs with the turbulators to give better aerodynamics throughout the swing, helping the club swing faster. Dragonfly technology also saves weight and repositions it lower in the head to optimize launch conditions (high launch, low spin).

The final shared feature is Vortec technology. As the club is swung, drag is created. Vortec technology improves the airflow n the downswing, helping increase club speed for added distance.

G400 Max Driver: Maximum Everything

The features that make up the G400 Max driver maximize key areas to help you get the most of your drives. The driver’s large head and MOI maximizes forgiveness, internal ribs optimize sound/feel, and crown details beef up club speed.

There are 3 stock shafts to chose from with 4 others available for an upcharge. As always, be sure to get fit to get what suits your game best.

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