The first generation California putters from Titleist’s Scotty Cameron appeared on the practice green at the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Those copper-toned clubs have been replaced by an updated line of California putters that feature a brushed chrome finish that Titleist’s putter guru calls Sea Mist.
While the colors might have changed, what has not changed is these putters’ classic shaping and the attention to detail.
Each California putter starts as a solid block of 303 stainless steel, which is machine-milled into one of five head styles. Cameron says the deeper milling pattern created on the face of these putters does not affect performance, but it does create a richer sound at impact that many players like.
The Monterey, Monterey 1.5, Del Mar, Fastback and Sonoma each feature a pair of weights in the sole — one in the heel and one in the toe — that allow Titleist to adjust the club’s weight in the factory so the club’s balance is ideal. Golfers cannot adjust the weights, but heavy versions are available via custom order.
Each California putter comes standard with a stepless shaft to decrease visual clutter and a pistol-style grip that Cameron says was inspired by the classic wooden handle found on hammers.
When they were first released, the updated California putters sold for $375.