When golfers ascend to the top spot in the world golf rankings, they’re usually playing the best golf of their career, which means they’re generally not looking to make equipment changes. Adam Scott, on the other hand, is celebrating his ascension to No. 1 in the Official Golf World Rankings by tinkering with two prototype putters from his putter make of choice, Scotty Cameron.
Scott made headlines in 2013 when he won the Masters, his first major championship, with what was then a prototype Scotty Cameron long putter called a Futura X, and he has used that putter in competition ever since.
The new putters Scott was testing at the Crowne Plaza Invitational have the name “Futura X7″ on their soles, but they are more similar to the original Futura X in name than they are in appearance. Whereas the Futura X was an oversized mallet putter, the X7 prototypes have a much smaller footprint.
At first glance, the X7 is reminiscent of Odyssey’s extremely popular #7 putter, but there are distinct differences. The “fins” that extend from the corners of the putter face are shorter and arc more toward the middle of the putter, and there’s a cut-out cavity behind the putter face that adds a T-shaped alignment aid.
The two models Scott tested on the putting green at Colonial were a Futura X7, a heel-shafted model with a double-bend shaft, and a Futura X7s, which had a straight shaft positioned in the center of the putter face.
Like Cameron’s new GoLo 3, GoLo 5 and GoLo 7 putters, as well as the Futura X, the Futura X7 prototypes have aluminum sole plates that give Cameron some discretionary weight to redistribute in the putter head where he sees fit.
Many of Cameron’s prototype putters never make it to retail for one reason or another, but the initial comments in our forum about the Futura X7 indicate that the putters could be a big seller for Cameron. Keep in mind, however, that Cameron tends to be deliberate with his releases. While Scott’s Futura X prototype eventually came to retail, it wasn’t until about three months after Scott’s Masters victory that it hit shelves.
As for Scott’s future with the new putter, it’s unlikely that we’ll see him make a switch anytime soon. Our boots on the ground tell us that Scott prefered the lie angle of the X7, but the appearance of the X7s at address. You know what that means… more prototype testing to come.