Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura X Mallet
Monday, July 1, 2013
Titleist announced that the Scotty Cameron for Titleist Futura X Mallet, the putter Adam Scott used to win the 2013 Masters, will be made available to the public starting Aug. 1.
In an exclusive interview last week, Cameron said the putter, a high-MOI design engineered to maximize stability and forgiveness, was developed by combining features from two previous putters, along with feedback from Scott. It will cost $375.
According to Cameron, "Adam came to [my] putter studio in December of last year and said that he wanted the highest MOI putter possible."
The prototype putter that he gave Scott was a club that took its basic shape from the Kombi line, an aluminum-bodied family of mallet putters Cameron released in 2009. However, the prototype had a wing attached to the head – borrowed from the original Futura putter, a club previously used by Phil Mickelson and other pros a decade ago.
Though the open-end of the Futura's U-shaped wing pointed toward the putter's face, Cameron flipped it on the prototype so that the ends of the U pointed away from the ball and were as far from the hitting area as possible. The original Futura featured a heavy wing; in the new prototype, Cameron installed a weight at each end to increase stability.
Scott liked the prototype right from the start, took it home and started playing with it.
"Adam came back to see me during the West Coast Swing in late Janaury," Cameron said. "He still liked the putter, but wanted me to make a few changes. It took until late March to get it exactly the way that he wanted, but we did."
Two final prototypes (in different finishes) were made for Scott and given to him after the Tavistock Cup in Orlando. Instead of three site lines, there were now only two so Scott could frame the ball more easily at address. The soles of the newest putters were also flatter to prevent wobbling during setup, and the faces were made slightly shallower (shorter from bottom to top).
The Australian took the putters to his home at the Albany Resort on New Providence Island in the Bahamas. Cameron didn't learn whether Scott liked them or not until just before the start of the Masters. At the practice green, Scott told Cameron what he wanted to hear.
"Adam got there just as I arrived, and I watched him make about five or six 15-footers in the center of the hole," Cameron said. "Then he walked over and said, 'Everything we talked about in January, you've done. Scotty, it's perfect.'"
The Futura X Mallet is milled from 6061 aluminum and has a slate-colored finish that Cameron calls "frozen titanium." Two 20-gram, stainless-steel weights have been positioned under the hitting area, with identical weights positioned at each end of the U-shaped wing that extends from the main chassis. The weights in the sole area can be changed to accommodate different putter lengths. The Futura X will be available in 33-, 34- and 35-inch models, with Futura X Mid and Long putters available via custom order.
The weights combine to lower the putter's center of gravity (CG) for increased stability. Their position on the edges of the putter's frame also help to make the head resist twisting on off-center strikes, so mis-hit putts roll out nearly as far as putts hit in the sweet spot.
A 35-inch Futura X Mallet head tips the scales at 350 grams, but because so much weight is in the rear of the putter and not directly under the golfer's hands at address, Cameron says that players should not feel like they have to lift the putter up to initiate the takeaway. In effect, he says, the putter is heavy but feels light.
Golfers who manipulate their hands when they putt, or who have a large arc in their swing, are not the best candidates for a Futura X Mallet. However, it's ideal for golfers who make straighter strokes or who want to reduce wrist and hand action, according to Cameron.
"Because the sole is so flat, it's going to help you get into a good position at address," he said. "If you're in a good address position, you're probably going to make a good backswing, and this putter really wants to swing down on the same path it took on the backswing. You're not going to be able to make compensations in your downswing very easily with this."
Kelley Moser, a Scotty Cameron for Titleist PGA Tour rep, says that Adam Scott may have been the first player to use a Futura X Mallet, but others have gravitated to it as well.
"We had two prototypes to show the guys in New Orleans," he said. "Jason Bohn took one and Jason Dufner took the other and both immediately put them into play that week."
Dufner used the Futura X Mallet on Sunday at the U.S. Open when he shot 67 to finish tied for fourth at Merion.