Ever since we spotted the Titleist Scotty Cameron X5 and X5R putters on the putting green at this year's Open Championship we've been waiting to tell you about them.
The Futura putters are easy to spot with a futuristic mallet shaped wing back design all focused on providing more stability and less twisting for more reliable performance.
Scotty Cameron explains how the Futura putters fit into the overall range:
We have three lines of putters, but this is the most futuristic, the most high-tech. Futura is different because in order to get high MOI, we have to get the weight wider and further back.
The Futura range is Cameron's highest MOI range of putters and the Futura X5 and X5R models enhance the range with a new blend of aluminium and steel that has given Cameron scope to relocate weight to the perimeter.
The putters are constructed with a precision milled 303 Stainless Steel Body coupled with a high grade 6061 aluminium soleplate, with a centre section made from a lighter aluminium extending into the wings of the club.
Using aluminium enabled Cameron to hollow out the area under the sole plate of the Futura X5 and X5R putters and redistribute this to the distinctive wings to increase stability. Forgiveness is accentuated further by heel-toe weights located directly under the face and these, together with a thicker face and top-line also made possible by the weight savings, help to improve the sound and feel of the putters.
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 aluminium and stainless steel and getting that weight where it’s needed most.
Face Balanced Design and Shape
A new single bend shaft featuring a higher bend point has allowed for a true face balanced configuration and was developed as a result of feedback from players on tour.
Cameron explains the reasons behind this and the benefits it provides:
We had many players say they wished that the shaft leaned at their target or on their line, so we worked to find the proper offset and lean of the shaft so, at address, the bend lines up, pointing at your target. That was a key one because the mechanical-industrial shape of the head and the clean mechanical-industrial bend match perfectly. What I didn’t want was a heavy, flowing bend onto a mechanical head.
This face-balanced style design is ideal for players looking to execute a more square-to-square stroke and the larger head of the mallet styled putters makes the club look and feel more stable on the ground.
Vertical and horizontal sight lines for easier alignment have been added whilst a Silver Mist finish contrasts with the black aluminium sole plate and centre for a distinctive look. The X5 is a more mechanical shape whilst the X5R has a more rounded outline, both styles created to suit the eye of the player rather than provide any difference in performance.
The Futura X5 putters come complete with a matching 10-inch Matador Red Midsize grip, that at 77 grams has been designed to work specifically with the Futura X range.
Futura X5 Dual Balance
Scotty Cameron introduced their Dual Balance putters earlier in 2014 as a response to the governing bodies outlawing of anchored putter strokes and the Futura X5 is available in a Dual Balanced version.
The Futura X5 DB has a 50 gram-heavier head and a 50-gram counterweight in the butt of the shaft that allows players to make a proper stroke when the longer shaft is pointed at their mid-section. Futura X5 DB putters are a standard length of 38 inches with a 15 inch grip to allow players to grip below the counterweight to encourage a more stable stroke.