Archive for August, 2007
After grinding everything smooth and getting this Santa Fe back in playing shape, we removed the Teryllium insert and gave the putter the complete high buff treatment. This takes out all imperfections and essentially gets the putter back to its original, perfectly smooth and unblemished state. All the nicks, dents and dings are gone. We’ll keep the Teryllium insert in a separate bag, then gun blue the entire head. I hope you enjoy these pictures of the Custom Shop “spa” treatment. Check back later to see some clips from the gun blue process. Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the slideshow.
August 30th, 2007
I wanted to check in with you guys as this Teryllium Santa Fe makes its way through the Custom Shop. As you saw in yesterday’s slideshow, the putter has been prepped for its restoration with a dunking in mineral spirits. On Day 2 it’s going to have some real work done to it now.
After soaking for a few hours to remove the elastomer plugs, the putter head was transferred to an acetone bath to soften up the paint. The excess paintfill is removed from the engravings with a wire brush. We make sure to remove all of the elastomer, too, before sandblasting the back of the putter. This takes it down to bare metal.
Now, with the experience of grinding thousands of putters, we carefully remove nicks and dings on our grinding wheels, taking the putter back to its original condition. This putter’s Teryllium insert has held up nicely for over ten years, and doesn’t need to be re-milled at this point. Just a bit of buffing and grinding to bring back its original shine. From here, we’ll remove the insert and give this putter a high buff before re-finishing the head. Check back later for more of the story. I hope you’re enjoying the pictures.
August 29th, 2007
It’s been a long, hot summer here at the Putter Studio. I’ve been working on new models for next year’s product line, getting Tour players ready with new putters for the playoffs, and attending to the many putters that come into the Custom Shop (i.e., the Putter Spa) for some much needed rejuvenation.
I thought you’d enjoy a look at some of the inner workings of the Custom Shop, namely what goes on when you send in your trusty flat stick for restoration. The Scotty Cameron Custom Shop sees scores of worn out, beat up, and thoroughly played putters arriving daily. My team and I take great pride in injecting life back into your putter, so you can continue to get the roll you want from the putter you trust.
In this Blog segment, which I’m calling Custom Shop Putter of the Week, I chose a great old Sole Stamp Teryllium Santa Fe. This one goes back over ten years and has seen some time on the greens, that’s for sure. I also thought it would be kind of cool to show you this early example of a Teryllium putter as the Limited Release Teryllium Tens hit Titleist golf shops in the coming week. I’m going to post pictures of the entire restoration process, and show you the major steps we go through on the way to getting a putter back into playing shape. This particular putter is going to be fun to watch as it transforms from beat up back to beautiful.
Custom Shop putter restoration is the equivalent of taking an old hot rod down to its bare essentials and rebuilding it from the frame up. We strip the finish, any and all paint, remove rust and get the putter down to its raw state. Then, we’ll barely skim the face to reassure flatness (and the Teryllium insert in this case, too), buff and grind out small nicks and dents, then refinish the head, apply new paintfill, re-shaft, re-grip, apply a new shaftband and get the putter back to its owner looking as good as the day it shipped to the shop ten years ago.
I’m very proud of the Custom Shop, and I’m even happier that it’s given new life to old putters so they can continue bringing their owners enjoyment out on the course. I’ll follow up with more shots of this putter as it goes through the Custom Shop restoration process. Thanks for checking in and I hope you enjoy the slideshow.
August 28th, 2007
If you’d like to learn more about the Red X3 and Red X5 milling process, click over to Titleist.com for a new slideshow. It’s a great look behind the scenes revealing how much work goes into making the new Red X3 and Red X5 putters. These new models will arrive at Titleist golf shops in just a few weeks. Enjoy.
August 20th, 2007
We’ve got some great new shots to share with you from the PGA Championship. Check out our slideshow at: http://www.scottycameron.com/articles/details.asp?id=172.
August 8th, 2007
I wanted to let you guys in on some of the recent happenings at the Putter Studio. Last week, I had a request from one of my favorite Tour players for a new putter. He loves his limited BBC, but was looking for something new. BBC stands for Billet Block Copper. I only made 50 of these for the world, and it’s a putter with a truly unique look, feel, and metal composition.
Since I no longer make the BBC, I designed a sister putter called the 009 BBCX, for Xperimental. It’s a 009 head, but without a neck. The original BBC had a plumbing neck. The 009 BBCX has a double-bend shaft-in setup, and I utilize the bend in the shaft to give it the same amount of offset a plumbing neck would have from address. I milled out pockets in the sole and filled them with tungsten weights. This allowed me to keep the head size and weight normal while compensating for the lack of a neck.
The 009 BBCX has a unique sound and feel because of the copper design and the beached sound slot. I’d say the sound is crisp. By the way, I sent this to the pro last week and in the first round of competition he shot 66. I thought you’d find this interesting, and I’m glad I could share it with you. Thanks for stopping by the Blog. I hope you enjoy the slideshow.
August 7th, 2007
We’ll begin shipping the latest members of the Red X family, the Red X3 and Red X5, to Titleist golf shops in mid-September. I’m very excited about these new putters. With the new Charcoal Mist finish, the new plumbing neck on the Red X5, the simplified sight line, and the solid face without the insert, these new mallets are something special.
I’ve put together a few shots of the Red X5 prototype to give you an idea of what this putter is all about. I hope you enjoy the slideshow.
August 3rd, 2007