July 25, 2019
By Andrew Tursky, PGATOUR.COM
- Hideki Matsuyama is experimenting with a prototype Scotty Cameron putter this week. (Andrew Tursky/PGA TOUR)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – While Hideki Matsuyama is known to use and experiment with a variety of different Scotty Cameron prototype putters week-to-week, the putter he’s using at the 2019 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational is particularly noteworthy.
Recently, Scotty Cameron released a retail line of “Teryllium T22” putters, 22 years after Tiger Woods won the 1997 Masters with a Scotty Cameron TeI3 Newport putter that had a face insert made of Teryllium. The 2019 release of the putters had many of the familiar designs, including a Teryllium face and the domino-like dot pattern in the back cavity. The new T22 putters are milled from 303 stainless steel, they have a matte black finish, they have sole weights for adjustability, and there’s a new inlay that has vibration-dampening characteristics.
On Monday, ahead of the 2019 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Scotty Cameron also unveiled new tour-only prototype models that are built with a very similar look to the T22 retail release, but they have different engravings on the heads. In the photos below, notice the Circle T stampings on the face and sole, the “Tour Only” stamping on the back bumpers and the altered nomenclature of the tour-only putters compared to the retail heads.
According to a Titleist representative, all of the tour-only putters are built at the Scotty Cameron Putter Studio in California, and they’re considered prototypes because of their ability to be modified pre-production. As seen at the 2019 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, the tour-only Scotty Cameron versions are made in at least a Teryllium Newport (TNP) model and a Teryllium Newport 2 (TNP2) model, each with various sight lines.
Matsuyama’s version of the putter, which he had been testing earlier in the week and ultimately put in play on Thursday, is a TNP2 model with a gray sightline. His putter also has two 10-gram weights in the sole.
In his opening round of the event, Matsuyama shot a 65 (5-under-par) with 2.581 Strokes Gained: Putting.