3rd Party refinishing/restoration

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By Geoffrey B

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  1. Geoffrey B

    Geoffrey B
    Middletown, CT

    I know it may be blasphemous, but has anyone considered or used a 3rd (non-SC) company to restore or refinish their putter?

    I inherited a late model Newport Studio 2.0 that I thought about restoration. It’s in good condition, and I have researched both the SC Custom Shop as well a coupe online services (Embrace/NorCal). SC Custom shop would be my first choice, but could get pricey. But I like the idea of the original crafters doing the work.

    Likely would be changing to black matte finish and maybe some stamps and re-paint.

    Just wanted to gauge the thoughts of the TT community.

    Welcome any feedback! Thanks!

  2. Chris92009

    Chris92009
    Cincinnati, Ohio

    I would NOT consider a third party restoration or customization company. My reason is first you will never be able to send your putter in the scotty cameron custom shop in the future since they will not work on anything that has not been done by themselves, second your selling value of the putter may be negatively impacted significantly since putter experts like myself in the hobby would less likely purchase a third party resto or custom work, and lastly part of the fun is sending your putter to the Scotty Cameron Spa (custom shop) and getting it back with all sorts of authentic treats!

    IMHO, Chris
  3. Geoffrey B

    Geoffrey B
    Middletown, CT

    Thanks for your feedback! Appreciate it. I’ve been leaning in the direction of the SC Shop, and likely will be sending in soon ahead of a Feb Myrtle Beach golf trip.
  4. Hulon M

    Hulon M
    Geneva, AL

    I had a third party ( bumper job ) TEI3 NP2, sent it to the custom shop. They were happy to do work on it for me. Full resto back to the original state of the putter.
  5. Gabe B

    Gabe B
    Kansas City, Missouri

    I have seen good results from the putter lounge but again like was said earlier if you have work done somewhere else you won't be able to send back to Cameron. It's worth it to have it done by the best in the business.
  6. Joey L

    Joey L
    Foster City

    I can’t imagine ever taking or allowing anyone other than Scotty or his people to work on my putter? What would be the reason to take it elsewhere? Saving money wouldn’t be worth it in the short or long run. Why buy something like a really good putter and trust someone who is not the best with it?
  7. Geoffrey B

    Geoffrey B
    Middletown, CT

    Thanks again guys for all the feedback.
    I still haven’t sent in for restoration, but hopefully will soon. May hold off until after 2019 season, and WILL be sending to the Custom Shop.

    Already have been looking for under-the-weather Scottys to pickup and send in and brought back to original.

    Really would like to start a SC collection, and start with older models.
  8. Andrew A

    Andrew A
    Charlotte, NC

    I have used the Putter Lounge in the past and they do extremely good work. I highly recommend them.
  9. larry m

    larry m
    columbiana, OH

    It's your putter. I see alot of excellent places with very good work. On the other hand if you putting up on a rack as a collector's item then you would want factory work to have maximum value. I use my clubs and do not go much for collectors items.
  10. SWilliams

    SWilliams
    Arkansas

    In my opinion, if it is a common mass produced putter (Select newport etc) there is no harm. Especially if you plan on keeping the putter instead of swapping out or selling to move on.

    I sent mine in and did not have much done (paintfill, stamping on face, grip) and it was 250 bucks, plus I was without my putter for 6 weeks.

    In the end, it is your putter. Scotty Cameron is not going to strike you down with a lightning bolt from the Studio mountain on which he resides.
  11. SWilliams

    SWilliams
    Arkansas

    In my opinion, if it is a common mass produced putter (Select newport etc) there is no harm. Especially if you plan on keeping the putter instead of swapping out or selling to move on.

    I sent mine in and did not have much done (paintfill, stamping on face, grip) and it was 250 bucks, plus I was without my putter for 6 weeks.

    In the end, it is your putter. Scotty Cameron is not going to strike you down with a lightning bolt from the Studio mountain on which he resides.
  12. Dr. Kovatchian

    Dr. Kovatchian
    Carlsbad

    These guys do an amazing job!!!
    I believe they are one of the best aftermarket refinishes of putters in the USA!!!
    I'm currently looking for an old and rusty Scotty to send off for refinishing.
    www.norcalputters.com

    Cheers,
    Dr. K
  13. Dr. Kovatchian said:

    These guys do an amazing job!!!
    I believe they are one of the best aftermarket refinishes of putters in the USA!!!
    I'm currently looking for an old and rusty Scotty to send off for refinishing.
    www.norcalputters.com

    Cheers,
    Dr. K

    Agree about NorCal Putters, they produce some real pieces of art. Wonder if any of the finishes change the feel of the putter...wouldn't think so, but interested in learning about anyone's experience.

    Roger
  14. greg p

    greg p
    Algonquin, IL

    I checked out their website...looks like very nice work.
  15. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    If you are a collector, I agree totally with Chris. Get the restoration done by the master himself. If I were buying a restored Scotty I would not purchase a restored putter done by someone other than him. That does not make it ORIGINAL. With respect to those restorers out there and their quality work. Just an opinion to the value of Scotty Cameron putters.

    If the clubs are restored by SC then you would not need to question the feel of the putter, it would restored in it's original state, unless you have changed the lie, loft, weights, grips, etc.
  16. Aloha Bruce

    Aloha Bruce
    Sunnyvale, CA

    Check out BOS Golf as they originally did refinishing for Scotty I believe.

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