Scotty Cameron has long been renowned for experimenting and creating innovative new designs to improve both the feel and performance of his putters and this latest release appears to be no different.
The Concept X range aims to provide the forgiveness of the increasingly popular mallet putter whilst retaining the feel and looks of a blade similar to the Scotty Cameron Newport, which has been the best-selling model from Titleist for over a decade.
Scotty Cameron explains the decision to blend the two different styles of putter in the Concept X design:
What’s unique about these putters is that they’re fast looking and high-tech. But by making them wider, they’re more forgiving. You get a calm feeling when you play a mallet. So, you get the best of the blade and the best of a mallet in one. I like to say that Concept X is the top level of performance in a putter.
The main feature of the Concept X is the wings sprouting from the back of the putter head which raise the MOI of the putter to increase stability and forgiveness because the weight is out towards the back and perimeter of the head.
Titleist suggest that these wings 'melt into the ground' at address so that the looks and feel remain similar to that of a classic blade.
The are two models called CX-01 and CX-02 which boast new neck configurations at the bottom of the shaft to help the toe rotate properly through the putting stroke, and reducing the weight in the neck allows for it to be redistributed across the head to increase MOI.
The CX-01 is aesthetically similar to a Newport or Newport 2 model, with a Nuckle Neck setup providing a shaft’s-width of offset in a plumbing-neck shape.
The CX-02 offers a brand new low-slant Joint Neck which is similarly offset but promotes greater toe hang, similar to a Newport 2.5 putter, for those with more arc to their stroke.
The prototype models also have 'Dual-Zone Vibration Dampening Technology' situated behind the milled face insert in the centre of the head, to soften the feel and sound of the ball striking the face.
In addition, the multi-material design includes a weight-save face insert, and a sole which has been milled with the Scotty Cameron four-way design to further enhance forgiveness and ensure that the putter sits square at address.
Each model comes complete with a new grey Pistolero grip and features two customisable stainless-steel weights to vary the head weight for the shaft length of 33, 34 or 35 inches.
The Concept X putters come complete in a new Stealth Grey finish which reduces glare and combines with the face insert and sole plate for a high-end look, whilst the machine-metal finish of the engravings and trademark three dot pattern reflect their status as prototype releases.