Scotty Cameron Titleist Futura X Dual Balance
Thursday, December 5, 2013
After the U.S. Golf Association announced a ban on anchored putting methods would go into effect starting in 2016, several manufacturers released counterbalanced putters designed to provide anchored-style stability in a style that will remain legal. Titleist has just announced it is releasing a counterbalanced version of the putter Adam Scott used to win the 2013 Masters, the Scotty Cameron Futura X Dual Balance.
Milled from 6061 aluminum, the Futura X Dual Balance is a high-MOI mallet that features two 10-gram weights in the sole – one in the heel and one in the toe – as well as a 20-gram weight at each end of the back wing section. These weights help the Futura X Dual Balance resist twisting on off-center hits, which should help golfers keep the ball on their intended target line. The weights also lower the club’s center of gravity, but because so much of the head’s weight is behind the player’s hands at address, Titleist says that initiating the backswing and keeping it on the intended path are much easier.
In a release, Cameron said, “With Futura X Dual Balance, the goal was to slow down the butt end of the putter and keep it stable. If you have quick hands, drag the butt away, or you struggle to make a consistent stroke with a conventional putter, Futura X Dual Balance is a great option.”
The center portion of the club is made from stainless steel, and the total weight of the head is 400 grams.
While Scott’s Futura X putter is a broomstick model and he anchors it to his sternum, the Futura X Dual Balance comes standard at 38 inches. It is slightly longer than standard because Titleist encourages players to choke down so that a 50-gram weight positioned under the top section of the 15-inch grip stays above the hands. The weight above the hands acts as a counterbalance, and according to Titleist greatly helps to slow down the hands during the stroke for more consistency. To remind players to choke down, the top portion of the red grip is colored gray, and “Dual 50 gram Balance” has been printed on it.
“The higher we can get the butt weight, the more counterbalance effect there is,” Cameron said. “The additional three inches (over standard length) provide stability but keeps the putter unanchored.”
Through custom order, the Futura X Dual Balance is available in 36-, 37-, 39- and 40-inch versions as well.
The Futura X Dual Balance comes with a double-bend, stepless shaft that provides one shaft’s-width of offset. Cameron calls the dark, non-glare finish “Frozen Titanium,” and to complete the look the weights are detailed in glossy red.
The cost is $399, and Titleist is shipping the putter to stores now.