Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Updated: June 15, 11:01 AM ET
Tap, Tap, Taparoo
Until Da Kine starts making headcovers this will have to do.
A couple weeks back at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Scotty Cameron Fine Milled Putters debuted their "highly-anticipated 2010 Hula Girl headcover," as seen above.
And no, even on this slow, rainy day in San Clemente, a putter cover alone does not a news story make. So it's like this, Scotty Cameron is the Al Merrick of putters. Guys on the PGA swear by them. And proving that surfing and golf are oddly more intertwined than ever, there are weird links betweens the green and the lineup.
Left to Right: Cameron Tour rep Larry Silveira, Titleist's Chris Tuten, and master surfboard craftsman Mike Tuten.
In Aug. 2009 Julian Wilson got a run through the Cameron facilities and was fitted for a putter. Wilson's a fairly competent golfer, and was obviously amped on the opportunity. Turns out the feeling was mutual. This month Wilson appears on the cover of Surfer Magazine (wearing a "Scotty Dog" t-shirt), and the boys over in Cameron's web department blogged it up.
Additionally, in a slideshow on the site, there's a shot of their Tour rep Larry Silveira and Titleist's Chris Tuten in brother Mike Tuten's North Shore shaping facility (left). Mike Tuten is a very reputable shaper ... and I'm guessing his brother is a very reputable golfer. Mike's been behind the planer for the better part of 30 years now, and the surfboard seen in the photo is a 10'8" pipeliner/hotcurl that he recently carved from balsa. No small feat in today's computer-guided shaping world.
So there you go, headcovers, Julian Wilson, and balsa boards, what do you want from me.