Putter maker to the Tour stars Scotty Cameron never runs out of ideas. Case in point: The Acushnet Company is introducing the new Titleist Scotty Cameron Futura X5 putters that the company says combine multi-material construction with a modern, wing back design to provide high-MOI (Moment of Inertia) performance.
The new Scotty Cameron Futura X5 and X5R models will be beginning Oct. 31. Each putter, the Acushnet Co. says, provides stability through advanced perimeter weighting with solid, forgiving feel, and vertical and horizontal sightlines for easier alignment. The X5 model (street price $349) is angled in the back, while the X5R ($349) features a rounded shape.
“The Futura X5 mallet is for someone who likes the stability of a bigger head, the feel of a bigger (midsize) grip, and likes to look down and see more lines for alignment purposes. X5 is more of a mechanical shape where the X5R is a softer, rounder shape. There’s no right or wrong. Same performance, same weight, same feel. It all depends on what you like to look at,” Cameron said.
“We’re finding that mallets make up as much as 50 percent of the putters used on the PGA Tour each week – and for good reason. The size of the head is larger so it looks and feels more stable on the ground. The bigger the head, the more lines you can add for alignment. We worked with many players on tour and in the Putter Studio during the development of X5 and they all told us the same thing: It adds confidence.”
Cameron said the X5 Dual Balance putter ($399) combines the X5 head style with Dual Balance technology to provide maximum stability for golfers who struggle to make a consistent stroke with a conventional length putter. Like all Dual Balance models, Futura X5 DB has a 50-gram heavier head (400 grams total) and a 50-gram counterweight in the butt of the shaft. This configuration, according to Cameron, helps many players make a proper stroke where the butt of the shaft remains pointed at the midsection. Dual Balance putters have a standard length of 38 inches with a 15-inch grip that allows the player to grip down below the counterweight for a more stable stroke.
“The X5 basically started from the original Futura 10 years ago. We’ve learned from where we’ve been, taken parts of the past and moved it toward the future with performance, feel and sound,” Cameron said. “But the concept has always been about moving the weight back and out. When we do that, the putter becomes more stable and the resistance to twist becomes a lot better. So with X5 we’re using different materials like aluminum and stainless steel and getting that weight where it’s needed most. But you also have to remember the feel, the shaft bend, the grip – all of these things have to come together, and they do with the new X5.”