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Not knocking the hobby, to each his own, but I could never do it.  After 1-2 rounds of bad putting it would be too tempting not to fiddle with something else rather than stick to the gamer (assuming properly fit) and fix the indian rather than the arrow.

Only "extra" putter I have lying around is my Dad's...he passed away about 8 years ago, and had built himself a putter with Golfsmith components.  It's an awful putter really, but obviously plenty of sentimental value.

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20 hours ago, Kansas King said:

I've always understood a machined block of steel looks nice. However, I have never understood people's affection for collecting mass produced putters, most notably Scotty Camerons. I understand if someone collects one-off putters or special custom putters. However, I don't understand why people like collecting mass produced CNC machined putters. There is nothing unique about them, the premium for some of them is insane, and they really haven't changed for a few decades. I would be curious to hear why some of you collect putters like Scottys or Bettinardis. I'm legitimately trying to have some understanding.

They like them and they have the disposable income.  What I really dont get is people who collect rare Scotty Cameron headcovers and pay almost as much for them, if not more than what they pay for the putters themselves.

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6 minutes ago, ZenGolfer said:

They like them and they have the disposable income.  What I really dont get is people who collect rare Scotty Cameron headcovers and pay almost as much for them, if not more than what they pay for the putters themselves.

Same reason as putters or any other collectible item. Some collect certain themes, some just the more rare ones. Some every release. Most of the covers rarely go for more than an otr scotty cameron.

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I have dabbled into collection putters.  I have owned at least 50 putters, maybe approaching 60, during my 35 years of playing golf.  Of course not all at one time.  I have owned at various times 15 different Cameron putters, about half were limited edition putters and the rest were OTRs.  I even owned the same limited edition Cameron two different times but now have no Cameron putters in my feeble collection.  Many putters have come and gone as most were intended to be gamers but just didn't pan out.  About the mid 2000s I decided to start collecting and built up a small Cameron collection (about 4 or 5 putters including 2 limited editions). I had 3 or 4 TP Mills putters, including 2 custom made putters from David Mills.  I had a couple old Wilson putters (original 8813 and a refinished Designed by Arnold Palmer), a couple more Wilson putters (nothing of great value but sentimental to me), a couple Byron Morgan putters, then a few more Byrons, a couple/three old Cleveland Classic blades (Designed by Ben Crenshaw, Corey Pavin US Open, Designed by Cleveland Classic, and Designed by Cleveland Classic copper) and a Ping Zing 85025 black band putter.  In total my "putter collection" amassed around 20-25 putters.  Now I have two Byron Morgan putters, one TP Mills (David Mills custom), the Designed by Cleveland Classic copper. the two old Wilson sentimental putters and the Ping Zing.   My interest in collecting putters has waned but I do collect persimmon woods, notably the classic MacGregors from the 1950s.  These fit in my oversized PowerBilt display staff bag in my office, as does my Cleveland Classic copper blade and my TP Mills.  I have a friend who is probably one of the world's preeminent collectors of Scott Cameron putters.  His collection is simply one of the very best and he still collects.  Why?  Because he wants to.  He has the means to collect so good for him.  He is also one of the foremost authorities of Scotty Cameron putters there is, a true expert.

Why do people collect anything?  Nostalgia, appreciation to the craft, who knows.  For those that collect putters, keep collecting.  For those who don't enjoy what you do.

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I've never understood collecting *anything*, to be honest. Don't see the value in spending money on something then putting it away on a shelf. 

My putter collection is currently at 4. That's probably 2 too many, but it came in handy when the after-prom committee set up a putting green a few years ago but forgot to get some putters 🤣

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Why do people collect stamps, coins, comic books, artwork, dolls, matchbooks, postcards, baseball cards, cars, shoes, cast iron pans, antiques, furniture, civil war memorabilia, Native American artifacts, old fishing rods and reels.

You name it and there is probably someone somewhere that collects it.

I believe that the reason people collect certain things is that it brings them some kind of joy, triggers nostalgia, and fills a hole in their life in some way that helps them to focus their attention intently on one aspect for a while.  Could be it is their hobby.

Maybe they are just hoarders or indiscriminate collectors.  Perhaps they are serial collectors, meaning they collect one type of thing for a while before moving on to another category, etc.  It could be they were very deprived early in life and after achieving some level of financial success they are making up for earlier deprivations.  Maybe it is their business or they see the items as investments to be traded at a later date.

Whatever the reason I am glad that there are some people out there that value and cherish these things.  It preserves these items and encourages the artistry, craftsmanship and innovation of those that produce them.

The only time I don’t like collectors is when they are bidding against me on the same item on EBay. 😉 

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21 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Same reason as putters or any other collectible item. Some collect certain themes, some just the more rare ones. Some every release. Most of the covers rarely go for more than an otr scotty cameron.

Very true.  I just think its silly to pay $100 or more for a headcover, let alone pay hundreds for some rare headcover.  I do have a high end Cameron headcover from back when the PGA Championship was at Kohler a number of years ago (the one that looks like yellow Swiss cheese) but I only paid like $75 for it.

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17 minutes ago, ZenGolfer said:

Very true.  I just think its silly to pay $100 or more for a headcover, let alone pay hundreds for some rare headcover.  I do have a high end Cameron headcover from back when the PGA Championship was at Kohler a number of years ago (the one that looks like yellow Swiss cheese) but I only paid like $75 for it.

There’s lots of things that don’t make sense to people to spend money on. People spend thousands of dollars on retro jordan sneakers that they won’t wear ever.

People spend tons of money to hang a painting on their wall from some artist.

Different things have different meanings and values to different people. For some it’s the thrill of the chase for a certain object.

I never get why people care or comment on what or how others spend their money. 

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I have a collection of Scotty Cameron putters and quite a few of them have never been taken out of the original packaging. Why do I collect them because I have the resources. Several of them are valued 10 times the original cost. I guess everybody has their own thing,

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I find it hard to part with any club that I've played well with and is part of my golfing development. For putters I occasionally have a clear out and immediately regret it. When my Gamer stops working, I think back to the magical round I had with the Scotty Squareback and get it out only for it to be banished 2 rounds later. Likewise the Odyssey MetalX, Odyssey Tank, Odyssey 2 ball, Rossa Monza, Rossa Monza Corza,  Rossa Monza Daytona, GEL Blade, TM SpiderX.

I had an old brass milled blade that I had used 20 years ago that would come out every so often. I sold it to a friend and I'm really tempted to buy it back.

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22 minutes ago, GaDawg said:

I have a collection of Scotty Cameron putters and quite a few of them have never been taken out of the original packaging. Why do I collect them because I have the resources. Several of them are valued 10 times the original cost. I guess everybody has their own thing,

There’s people in a scotty cameron group that have basements full of various CT putters, bags, covers that would blow peoples minds. One off the guys i played with in 2018 had 81 putters in his basement at that time and had bought 2 more that I can recall while we were at the gallery. 
 

He also has hundreds of baseballs signed by non baseball players including one he got tiger to sign

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I have six putters in my truck toolbox (see signature). That's  the most I have owned ever so I suppose you could call those my collection. The thing is, I love everyone of them! 😍  I'm having really good success with the Odyssey Triple Track 10 Putter and it's my temporary permanent putter for now. 😉  It's like a bunch of Beagle hounds on a good rabbit hunt.  There's always one that shines out and earns more time at the head of the pack. 

 

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I am to have a growing collection of putters, not sure why I keep them all to be honest. Maybe I just didn't feel like they would sell/trade in for much? Being retired military, I know I found some to be better for me at different locations/conditions. I have a never compromise sub30, Nike method, Nike method counterweight, Ben Hogan baby Ben, Ben Hogan the Hawk, and currently in my bag is the Mizuno m craft V. 

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Why does anyone collect anything? Putters, Cars, Thimbles, Old Radio's!?! To each their own. However, I'd have to speculate that a lot of golfers or proclaimed "Putter Collector's" collection usually begin because of their tireless search for their "magic" stick and they simply start stacking up in the garage. Case in point.....I have a buddy who is a very good single digit golfer. However, he's always tinkering with putters.....I wouldn't be shocked if he has over 12 expensive putters of different shapes and brands.

For me, I've dabbled in collecting SC putters and accessories. I do it because I like it and I absolutely love the game of golf. A lot of guys have sports memorabilia in the "man" caves or offices.....why not golf related?

I don't collect run of the mill putters.....but, I own, or have owned multiple Circle T, limited release putters (My girls). If you know the market, know what you are doing, you can actually make a few bucks here or there or at worst break even buying and selling SC putters. I purchased a SC CT 009 putter in 2008 for $1900. Gamed it up until a few years ago and sold it last year for $2500. Not a bad ROI for a used putter. My current gamer is a CT X5 that I'm confident will make a few bucks if I ever decide to sell it. Right now, it's NOT going anywhere. As, putting is one of my strong suits in the game and I absolutely love it!

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1) Putters are so uniquely personal  2) I like pretty things  3) I got tired of collecting ex-wives (much more expensive than any putter) 

I currently only own three (down from about 8), Cameron Phantom X 6 STR with a Cameron Jumbo Matador grip and a custom paint job, an Evnroll ER2 CS with a Two Thumbs grip and a Cameron Phantom X 8 with a Two Thumbs grip and a custom paint job.  When one goes cold for a bit the others are ready to fill in (put me in coach!).   Always looking for a new putter that looks great and will listen to me (unlike the wives). 

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Well, my position and I'm sticking to it is - I used to be a terrible putter. I wanted to get better. I tried putters galore in stores with a putting green, and if I really liked one I would buy it. None were expensive. But I did get addicted. Now I have over 40 and some are pricey. I won several Camerons, gave one to my wife, sold one to a friend and have 6 left. They are not my best putters though. My Clevelands (total 6), SnakeEyes (total 4), a Tad Moore, and I do take out my Hogan Bettinardi and a Cameron or two occasionally. These all have varied pistol grips and weights and they all have different purposes. So now I know what I like and need in a putter so I haven't bought many in the past couple years.

I did think I had a problem when I counted them a couple years ago but then I thought, hey I have a collection. Then I felt better. Funny, and I am a much better putter now.

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On 3/31/2021 at 2:25 PM, yungkory said:

They like them

 

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I used to be a putter collector about 10 years ago, mostly "Made for the Tour" Cameron putters.  I just eventually got bored with the politics of the "Cameronistas" and sold almost everything when people were still willing to pay a pretty penny for hand stamped 009's and Cameron & Co.

I still own 3 which were made for me, but other than that, I'm no longer in the collecting business.   It was fun when I did it, but once I stopped, I never missed it again.

 

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Why collect anything?  We all have what interests us.  Some people collect coins, some stamps, and I sure there are countless other things people collect.  Why?  Because that is what they enjoy.  While I do not collect putters, I can see the attraction. 

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