Scotty Cameron Detour Putter Reviews

By Rowena Pedrena

Specs

Scotty Cameron began designing putters exclusively for Titleist in 2004. Today Scotty Cameron is the number one putter on the PGA Tour. The Detour putter combines the design of the Newport with the addition of a supportive weighted extension at the back of the putter head to help keep the putter's stroke on line. The Detour comes in two different models: Detour Newport 2 and Detour Newport 2.5. The Detour Newport 2 uses the same offset shaft design as the Newport 2. The Detour Newport 2.5 uses a mid-slant shaft design similar to the Newport 2.5. The Detour Newport 2 comes in 33-, 34- and 35-inch lengths for right- or left-handed players. The Detour Newport 2.5 comes in 34- and 35-inch lengths and only in right-hand models. Both are have a loft of 4 degrees and a lie angle of 71 degrees. The head is made of a brushed aluminum/stainless steel alloy.

Field Use

The Detour putter has a well-balanced feel, and the ball rolls off the club face solidly at impact. Because of the elastomer cushioning in the face insert, any vibration felt during the stroke is dampened. Both the 2 and 2.5 come with adjustable weights in the back head that can be switched depending on the desired swing weight of the player. Additional weights will cost extra. Players that prefer the offset view at address will find that the 2 suits their set-up well; others wanting a less pronounced slant can't opt to go with the 2.5. The grip is orange to match the top line and accents on the club. It has a smooth texture and a slim design, much like the Ping Anser grip. The top line is slightly curved and will help promote a more arched stroke, as opposed to a straight back, straight through putting stroke.

Pros and Cons

The design and quality are top-notch. Scotty Cameron is the top of the line when it comes to putters, so you're getting a product the pros trust. If you like the "2-ball" putter but want the Titleist name, the Detour provides that with the extended back head putter face that helps you see the line of the putt better. If you don't like offset putters and are a lefty or want a 32- or 33-inch putter you're out of luck, as the 2.5 only comes in a right-handed model. The top line on the putter is slightly arched so if you're more of a straight putter you may find the few degrees of bend a nuisance. In addition, at 4 degrees of loft, you may find the need to forward press the face at address. This will get the ball rolling quicker on the surface and prevent it from hopping upon impact. Conservative players might not be comfortable with the orange accents, as they are "loud" and nontraditional.

Bottom Line

The Detour gives you the performance of the ever-popular Newport models with a little extra something. If you're find yourself having alignment issues or notice you have trouble keeping your stroke on line, this putter might be just the thing you need to develop a sense of rhythm and consistency in your putting game. It's costly at $299, but hand crafted and expertly designed. If it's within your budget and helps you cut strokes from your short game then it makes a great addition to your bag. If it's too rich for your blood, opt for an Odyssey White Hot 2-ball ($169).

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About The Author

Rowena Pedrena is currently working with The First Tee Metropolitan New York as a program manager and instructor. She played division one women's golf at Mount Saint Mary's College in Maryland, and has over seven years instruction experience, teaching adults and childrens both individually and in group classes.

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