Pros: Balance, Feel, Stability, Accuracy, Build Quality
A lot of people have e-mailed me asking, “Bernie, what putter finally made it into your bag after the shootout and all those putter reviews?” Well the putter that made it is the same one that this Futura X is based on—The Kombi. Because I’ve already reviewed The Scotty Cameron Kombi Putter, I felt that simply updating that review would not cut the mustard, as they are getting harder to find, and this one is a more refined version of The Kombi. The only thing stopping me from bagging this one was the $349 price tag. Not that the putter isn’t worth it, but I haven’t had a spare $349 in my pocket since my bachelor days. The Futura X is everything that the Kombi aspired to be, and then some. It is slightly better balanced, more forgiving, and a little smoother---everything a good Pendulum Putting Stroke could ever want. So here goes.
The company line is as follows :
Scotty Cameron Futura X Features include:
• Stability through the stroke from the deep, perimeter weighted balance bar and high MOI design
• Solid feel and forgiveness at impact from the perimeter sole weights placed under the face
• Minimum toe flow through the stroke from the deep weights that create a force balanced face
• Precision milled 6061 aluminum body with T-shaped sight lines for easy alignment
• Improved sound, square set up, and refined cosmetics with a frozen titanium finish and red-dot graphics
• Pistolero grip with pistol shape for a stable feel in your hands
So how much is hype and how much is reality?
“Stability throughout the stroke...” is an understatement. This club has both weighting on the bottom of the sole (as with The Kombi), but to the rear perimeter as well, via 2 rather large weights. That both lowers the center of gravity, via the sole weight, and adds a boatload of forgiveness, via the rear outer weights. Let’s just say that after I was done conducting side by sides with the other putters, I put The Scotty Cameron Kombi up against this one. I made sure both had the same length, loft, and lie, then began firing away. This putter was the only one that could even run with The Kombi. In the balance department, both putters are neck and neck. In the “stability” department, however, the new Futura X has quite a bit to offer, and even outclasses it’s corporate sibling Kombi. The perimeter weighted balance bar is more than hype, and in combination with the two screw in sole weights, and adjustable heel toe weights on the extreme rear left and right of this putter, we’re talking stability to rival that new-fangled magnetic suspension that Ferrari is borrowing from GM.
Feel- 5 Stars
Admittedly, feel is a very subjective category. One thing I will say about all Scotty Cameron Putters, including the many heavy toe weighted models that I rather despise, is that the split second your ball connects with the sweet spot of the face, it is pure, unadulterated, rich, smooth, creamy butter. That happens almost three fold with both this putter, as well as with its predecessor The Kombi. That’s because these two face balanced mallets have sweet spots roughly three times the size of their blade, and even their semi-mallet corporate siblings. Scotty Cameron himself used to say that the only way to putt was “The Arc Method.” When he finally came around and built a face balanced mallet that could be used with a Pendulum Stroke, I’m sure even he was shocked at what an amazing product he had brought to market. The fact that it helped him grab another huge chunk of market share didn’t hurt any either.
As with balance, a lot of the feel of this putter is due to the weights placed under the perfectly balanced face. If you’ve been looking for a putter that has stability and balance added to the “Feel” equation as well as the necessity of smooth, buttery impact, this could very well be your putter. I’m glad he has learned to build a mallet so smooth that he can let the pure milled face due the talking, rather than an elastomer cushion hidden behind the metal face plate, as was the case with the rather mediocre Detour Line.
Value-3 ½ Stars
I’m sure if you have the dough to plop down $350 a crack for a putter, and not bat an eye lash, then these putters represent a great value. If you play for serious money, and you need something so precise as this that can shave a stroke or two off of your game, then again, this putter might be the thing for you. If, however, you are like me, and want something like this, but have less than half of that amount to spend, I have to recommend a used Kombi. That is what I ended up with, as I was able to snatch her for $100. BUT-the $250 in savings allowed me to re-shaft a doggy driver, get the loft and lie adjusted on all of my clubs, and change out a newer and somewhat overpriced hybrid for two older models that were sporting premium shafts. Besides, my Kombi came with a Jumbo Tigershark Grip that is the same model Winn Grips bases their Jumbo on. That acts as a double check for keeping my wrists out of a Pendulum Stroke.
I couldn’t bring myself to pay $350 for a putter and then have to pony up even more just to get it re-gripped. I am not knocking this putter at all, it is amazing. Note that I still rate the value as somewhat above average. What I am saying, however, is, Similar to Tevye in, “Fiddler on the Roof”—“If I was a rich man…..” Seriously, I was extremely impressed with this putter and found her to be no less than astounding. But when one considers I live on a school teacher’s salary, and count on epinions and ebay to help supplant my income, well, let’s just say---“$350 for any club just ain’t a gonna happen.”
While many people laugh at accuracy ratings, after all, It is The Indian and not The Arrow, one needs to note that even with a well-executed pendulum stroke, not all putters are going to drop that ball at the level these seem to. Insert putters that are notoriously soft can be adjusted to so that they don’t always come up just a hair too short. Conversely,milled putters that are too firm can also be adjusted to so that the ball doesn’t go “rocketing” by the hole on a six foot money putt. The fact of the matter is, however, --“Who wants to adjust when you can get a putter that pretty much tells you what you need to do?" (With the caveat, of course, that you have a repeating Pendulum stroke day in day out.) My Seemore PCB taught me to square a face, and love a metal milled face. The Scotty’s taught me how to appreciate how smooth a metal milled face can feel.
Overall- 4 ½ Stars
I’d love to give this baby the full bore 5 star rating, but with the price tag and the fact that I bought THe Kombi instead when given the opportunity to acqure one of these forced me to slice at least a star off in the Value Department. If of course you factor in build quality, etc., these putters definitely deserve the rounding up to five stars on the epinions publishable rating. I used to flame on Scotty Camerons for always being toe heavy even in the mallets. I’m sorry, but I just see no advantage to using a face balanced mallet when arc putting, or trying to make a somewhat cumbersome design such as a mallet (Scotty Cameron Red X Comes to mind) fit a finesse stroke such as an arc. I am glad he finally opened up his mind and used his skills to start building some of the best, though somewhat pricey, face balanced mallets in the business.