December 5 2013
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
The USGA's ban on anchored putting methods doesn't go in effect until 2016, but that hasn't stopped several equipment companies from releasing legal putter models that provide anchored-stability over the last few years.
One of the most popular designs has been the counterbalanced model — putters that feature a heavier head and grip for added stability during the stroke. Building on the success of the Futura X putter, Scotty Cameron announced it is releasing a counter balanced version of the putter Adam Scott used to win the 2013 Masters, the Futura X Dual Balance.
The high MOI mallet design is milled from high-grade 6061 aluminum and features a rear balance bar with two 20-gram weights — the putter also has two 10-gram sole weights in the front corners of the putter — that help increase stability. The additional weight in the head, along with the perimeter weighting under the face, give the putter increased forgiveness and a solid feel.
Futura X Dual Balance also utilizes a heavy stainless center section — along with a stainless heel and toe — and an extra 50 grams of weight in the putter head for a headweight of 400 grams. According to Titleist, that's 50 grams heavier than the standard Futura X.
“We developed numerous prototypes using various counterbalance weighting techniques and tested them with golfers at the Putter Studio and on the PGA TOUR,” Cameron said in a release. “When we introduced dual balance technology, the player feedback was extraordinary. It’s very balanced, it’s very controlled. It slows everything down and promotes a more flowing, lethargic stroke without the putter feeling too heavy. Some players have said it feels like an SUV versus a sports car.”
The putter comes standard with a 38-inch grip and 50-gram weight in the grip that helps give the putter a counterbalanced feel. While the grip is 3 inches longer than a conventional version, Titleist suggests players choke down on the grip — the grip has red section on it that indicates proper hand placement at 35 inches — to get the maximum effect of the 50-gram counterweight.
“The higher we can get the butt weight, the more counterbalance effect there is,” Cameron said. “The additional three inches provides stability but keeps the putter unanchored.”
Scotty Cameron's Futura X Dual Balance comes in a "Frozen Titanium" finish with red cherry-dot weights and a double-bend, stepless steel shaft for $399. The putter will also be available in 36-, 37-, 39- and 40-inch versions through Custom Order.
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