SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Brooks Koepka has won back-to-back U.S. Opens using the same Scotty Cameron putter, a T10 Select Newport 2 prototype. Cameron, Titleist’s master craftsman for putters, has for decades made Newport 2 putters, which are traditional heel-toe weighted blades. Koepka’s has a few unique features, but it is similar in many ways to the Select Newport putters available at retail.
Cameron said Koepka’s putter is 35 inches long and has a 70-degree lie angle with 3.5 degrees of loft. Those specifications are exactly what can be found as the stock measurements for today’s Select Newport 2, but Koepka’s feels heavier when swung. When he started using the putter, the swing weight was D6, but today it has heavier weights in the sole and is closer to D9.
Aesthetically, Koepka’s putter has a single white alignment line while the retail model has a black line, but the most visible difference between Koepka’s putter and the retail club is the insert.
The insert in Koepka’s putter is positioned over a layer of vibration-dampening material and is held in place by three screws in the back of the head. The button-back screws are positioned in the middle of the three red dots on the back of the head that are commonly called cherry bombs.
The 303 stainless steel face insert in today’s retail Select Newport also covers a vibration dampening layer, but it is held in place by four small screws that do not cover the cherry bombs.
Koepka has dabbled with other Scotty Cameron putters for short periods of time since he turned pro, but the T10 Select Newport 2 has been in his bag for the past several seasons. And now that he’s won two U.S. Opens with it, don’t look for it to go away any time soon.