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Looking for some help getting the ball to find the hole? Titleist has a couple of ideas on how to answer that age-old question. The company has announced two new Scotty Cameron Futura X5 and X5R putters. Available in golf shops worldwide beginning Oct. 31, the latest from Cameron promise stability through advanced perimeter weighting and easier alignment thanks to vertical and horizontal sightlines. The X5 model is angled in the back, while the X5R features a rounded shape.

“The Futura X5 mallet is for someone who likes the stability of a bigger head, the feel of a bigger grip, and likes to look down and see more lines for alignment purposes. X5 is more of a mechanical shape where the X5R is a softer, rounder shape. There’s no right or wrong. Same performance, same weight, same feel. It all depends on what you like to look at,” Cameron said. “We’re finding that mallets make up as much as 50 percent of the putters used on the PGA Tour each week – and for good reason. The size of the head is larger so it looks and feels more stable on the ground. The bigger the head, the more lines you can add for alignment. We worked with many players on tour and in the Putter Studio during the development of X5 and they all told us the same thing: It adds confidence.”
 
futuraIn addition, the new Futura X5 Dual Balance putter combines the X5 head style with Dual Balance technology to provide maximum stability, according to the company, for golfers who struggle to make a consistent stroke with a conventional length putter. The Futura X5 DB has a 50-gram heavier head (400 grams total) and a 50-gram counterweight in the butt of the shaft. This configuration helps many players make a proper stroke where the butt of the shaft remains pointed at the midsection, the company said. Dual Balance putters have a standard length of 38 inches with a 15-inch grip that allows the player to grip down below the counterweight for a more stable stroke.

“The X5 basically started from the original Futura 10 years ago. We’ve learned from where we’ve been, taken parts of the past and moved it toward the future with performance, feel and sound,” Cameron said. “But 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 aluminum and stainless steel and getting that weight where it’s needed most. But you also have to remember the feel, the shaft bend, the grip – all of these things have to come together, and they do with the new X5.”

The Futura X5 and X5R putters are designed with a new single bend shaft with a higher bend point that produces a true face-balanced configuration, according to Cameron, and one shaft of offset for a clean, tour-preferred appearance. “The single bend came from taking feedback from the tour and working with players in the Studio. Double bends have been around for years and for X5 we really wanted to clean up the look,” Cameron said. “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 right 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.”

The larger, mallet head designs of Futura X5 and X5R work with a10-inch Matador Red Midsize grip. The grip, weighing in at 77 grams, promises to feel great and promotes a more stable stroke. “The grip can complement or kill the design of the putter,” Cameron said. “I know that sounds strange, but grips make a difference. With blades, it’s a little more handsy, a little more flowing, a little more feel. With Futura X putters, it’s a little more robotic, a little more square-to-square and this larger Matador grip complements the head very well.”

The Futura X5 putters have a minimum advertised price of $349 ($375 MSRP). Futura X5 Dual Balance has a MAP of $399 ($425 MSRP).