Scott to wield 913D3 driver and Futura prototype

Adam Scott is using a Scotty Cameron Futura X Prototype, 52 inches in length so it can be used as a long putter.

Adam Scott is using a Scotty Cameron Futura X Prototype, 52 inches in length so it can be used as a long putter.

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A year after the train wreck that was the 2012 Open Championship, it remains easy to sympathize with Adam Scott.

Scott bogeyed the final four holes at Royal Lytham and lost the Open by one stroke to Ernie Els. It was a major meltdown on a world stage. Lesser men have seen their careers permanently derailed by such disasters.

But perhaps Scott is different. Perhaps he is made of more resilient stuff. In the only major since that fateful Open, he tied for 11th in the PGA Championship with the likes of Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Graeme McDowell. Not bad for a recovering bogeyman.

The questions for 2013: Will he score a major bounceback? Can he win the Masters? Can he win any of the major titles so liberally predicted for him?

“I don’t think about it that much,” he said. “You’ve just got to get on with it. There was no time to sit and feel sorry for myself that I didn’t win the Open. I didn’t dwell on it at all. I really just took the positives – that it was great for me to play so well in the Open Championship.”

If only it were that simple. Scott knows the right words to say, but backing it up with extraordinary golf is another matter. It’s another test.

Scott has a strategy. Call it the front foot-back foot doctrine. He will be attempting to start the Masters “on the front foot, to switch on from the first hole, to not have a couple of early bogeys, to keep the momentum going. I’ll be looking for something a little more solid and just not go out on the back foot.”

Scott, 32, is approaching the prime years of his career. Many golfers have experienced their most productive years in their mid 30s. Scott appears to have the talent and the desire. He also has history on his side. Phil Mickelson, for example, didn’t win his first major – the 2004 Masters – until he was 33.

So the world will be watching his progress. Scott will compete this week with a new driver and a new putter.

The driver is a Titleist 913D3 (9.5 degree). It is 44.75 inches long with a Graphite Design Tour AD Di8 X shaft. He has never used the driver in competition.

“We gave him the club on Wednesday afternoon (March 13) in Tampa,” said Titleist tour rep Chris Tuten. “Originally he told me he would work with it after Augusta. I was very surprised he had it here, although I felt from the beginning it was exactly what he was looking for. The ball goes a little higher, which is what you need to do at the Masters, and the carry distance is a little greater.”

The putter is a Scotty Cameron Futura X Prototype, 52 inches in length so it can be used as a long putter.

“I’ve worked pretty hard with Scotty Cameron on a putter this year,” Scott revealed. “I had a kind of backyard garage prototype in my bag for a couple of tournaments, but now it looks more like a production model. I’m excited about it.”

The Futura is a high-MOI putter designed to be resistant to twisting. It includes eight-way adjustable weights. The geometric head is a mallet style with large metallic circles on the heel and toe.

Scott has been an articulate opponent of the anchoring ban proposed by the U.S. Golf Association and R&A, and he is sticking with the long putter while the ruling bodies formulate a permanent decision on anchoring.

Meanwhile, with the Open Championship out of his mind, he is focusing on the Masters.

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