X marks the spot: The stunning Futura X has been designed by Scotty Cameron with help from Adam Scott
In the world of golf equipment, tour player validation counts for rather a lot. That’s why Scotty Cameron is rightly excited about the release of his new putter, the Futura X, which has been designed with input from Masters champion Adam Scott.
The Aussie used a prototype version of the eye-catching new mallet putter to win his maiden major at Augusta National in April and the 32-year-old, who has been using Cameron putters for more than a decade, likes it so much that he has hailed the Futura X ‘the most stable putter I have ever played’.
“I like to describe Futura X as a lethargic putter, for those golfers that need a slow, steady stroke that doesn’t jump around a lot,” explained Cameron, whose putters have been the No.1 choice of players on the PGA Tour dating back to 1997. “It’s the perfect design for Adam, and will give confidence to all golfers that want stability during the stroke and less hand manipulation.”
So, what’s it all about? Essentially, Futura X is a high MOI, modern mallet design with advanced perimeter weighting that provides exceptional stability and forgiveness with solid feel.
Precision milled from high grade aluminium, the putter’s design combines a rear balance bar with deep heel-toe weights, plus perimeter weighting under the face. The resulting deep CG provides stability throughout the stroke, while the perimeter weighting adds forgiveness and solid feel. Net result? Unmatched stability and great roll.
The Futura X also features four stainless heel-toe weights, two 20g weights on the rear balance bar and two adjustable sole weights (configured depending on the length) in the front corners of the putter under the face.
This means that the overall headweight of the club is 20g heavier than a standard Cameron Select putter. However, since much of the weight is located behind the axis of the shaft and not directly under the golfer’s hands, the Futura X feels stable but not heavy during the stroke.
“Futura X is what I call a ‘force balanced’ design,” added Cameron. “While the putter has a near-face balanced shaft configuration that would normally produce a slight toe hang, there’s so much weight off the back of the putter that it forces the face to hang flat.
“The rear balance bar allows us to add considerable weight a fairly long distance away from the shaft axis, which is really what drives the high MOI.”
Scott is clearly – and unsurprisingly – a big fan of the putter after using it to such great effect at the Masters this year, above right.
“I worked with Scotty and his team at the studio for many hours at the end of last year and we worked hard to get it right,” explained Scott. “Even when I began to play it on tour at the beginning of 2013, we were still tweaking the original design right up until I won with it at the Masters. It was definitely a long process and I provided considerable feedback based on my performance with it under the gun.
“For me, the key to the performance of the putter is the perfect combination of perimeter weighting, high MOI and solid feel. I have more confidence in my stroke with this putter because of its design. Scotty determined the best positions for both the fixed and adjustable weights so the head would remain stable throughout the stroke. I have never had more confidence in a putter or my stroke than I do right now with the new Futura X.”
Want to get your hands on it? The Scotty Cameron Futura X will ship to golf shops from August 1, with a suggested retail price of £279.
Originally published on bunkered on July 2, 2013.