New putter introductions by Scotty Cameron are as anticipated in golf circles as releases of Bob Dylan and Beatles albums were among music fans a few generations ago. So, it is not surprising to hear players buzzing about the latest creations of the celebrated clubmaker – the California and Kombi series.
The California line is comprised of four models – Monterey, Sonoma, Coronado and Del Mar. Named after four of Cameron’s favorite towns in the Golden State, they feature different head styles, from a stylish blade (Monterey) to a sleek mid-mallet (Del Mar). But each are milled with 303 stainless steel and come with interchangeable sole weights so that players may match head weight to their preferred length. That feature is particularly important as Titleist looks to grow its club business in Asia, where some countries have different putter height standards than those in the U.S.
“I see this series as having the best of both worlds,” says Cameron. “These putters are classic and elegant, modern and timeless, and they have a ‘Welcome to California’ flavor, in part of the honey-dipped hue I give them. The heating process turns them that golden color.”
Cameron turned to precision-milled, 6061 aluminum to build the mallet–style heads of his Kombi putters – and used stainless steel sole weights in the head and toe as well as the rear of the club to push the center of gravity lower to promote better roll. The Kombis, which take their name from a style of Volkswagen vehicle that the unabashed VW junkie Cameron loves, are available in three lengths – standard (33, 34 and 35 inches), mid (42, 43 and 44 inches) and long (48 and 50 inches).
Cameron says the inspiration for the Kombi putter heads comes from the first “modern” putter he ever produced, the Futura. “I loved the concept and weighting of that putter,” he says, “but I was never able to get the look and sounds as good as it could have been.” So he kept working on the concept, taking all the good things he had created with Futura and adding other touches to produce the Kombi, which Bill Haas used to win the Bob Hope Classic this year.
“Given the larger size of the head, I had to use aluminum,” Cameron says. “It would have been way too heavy otherwise. And by employing the stainless steel weights, I was able to get the weight-to-size ratio I needed.”
Both the Kombi and California putters carry a $300 street price.