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July 1 2013

10:48 AM

Scott's putter available Aug. 1

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

The Scotty Cameron putter Adam Scott used to hole the winning putt at the 2013 Masters is coming to retail. On Monday, Titleist announced that Futura X ($375), a high MOI mallet design with advanced perimeter and a heavier head for maximum stability and forgiveness, would be available starting August 1.

The putter is precision milled from high-grade 6061 aluminum and features a rear balance bar with two 20-gram weights — the putter also has two adjustable sole weights in the front corners of the putter — that help increase stability.

“I like to describe Futura X as a lethargic putter, for those golfers that need a slow, steady stroke that doesn’t jump around a lot,” said Cameron. “It’s the perfect design for Adam, and will give confidence to all golfers that want stability during the stroke and less hand manipulation.”

To put the weight of Futura X in perspective, the overall headweight of the putter is 20 grams heavier than a standard Cameron Select putter, resulting in a heavy E8 swingweight.

“Futura X is what I call a ‘force balanced’ design,” Cameron said. “While the putter has a near-face balanced shaft configuration that would normally produce a slight toe hang, there’s so much weight off the back of the putter that it forces the face to hang flat. The rear balance bar allows us to add considerable weight a fairly long distance away from the shaft axis, which is really what drives the high MOI.”

Other features include a double-bend, stepless steel shaft with one shaft of offset that, according to Cameron, "provides a square, technical visual at address," and a "Frozen Titanium" finish that helps reduce glare.

While the putter will be offered at retail in three standard lengths (33, 34 and 35 inches), golfers can also place custom orders for Futura mid and long models (the version Scott's currently using).

At the moment, the putter is being used by a number of high-profile names on TOUR. Scott officially put Futura X in play earlier this year at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and has kept it in the bag ever since. Jason Dufner also used conventional-length model at the U.S. Open to finish in a tie for fourth.

“The new Futura X is the most stable putter I have ever played," Scott said. "I worked with Scotty and his team at the Studio for many hours at the end of last year and we worked hard to get it right. Even when I began to play it on Tour at the beginning of 2013, we were still tweaking the original design right up until I won with it at the Masters. It was definitely a long process and I provided considerable feedback based on my performance with it under the gun."

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