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Adam Scott tests prototype Scotty Cameron Futura X7 putter

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Futura X7 putter in our forum.

Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Futura X7 putter in our forum.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Rene Thompson

    Oct 14, 2014 at 7:18 am

    When it’s center shafted and available for the LEFTIES, I’ll be tempted, otherwise, yawn!

  2. Peter

    Jul 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Scotty “Camera” strikes again. I kid; I use scottys myself.

  3. eric

    May 30, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Looks like an odyssey 7. Would still like to roll a counter balance version if they make it available.

  4. jcorbran

    May 22, 2014 at 11:26 am

    center shated please

  5. JimmyD

    May 22, 2014 at 9:06 am

    ALL of the broomstick and belly putters will still be 100% legal in 2016. The USGA’s new rule only prohibits using an anchored stroke (although it still allows Kuchar-style putting…) Looks like an epic FAIL by the USGA!

  6. W

    May 22, 2014 at 2:22 am

    All this tinkering has ruined Cameron putters

    • Mike

      May 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      How has it ruined them? They still haver vary classic looks and amazing feel. They just seem to be trying out new mallet styles now. I’d hardly say ruined. Innovative may be the word you’re looking for but I don’t know.

  7. Mad-Mex

    May 21, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Xerox strikes again!! reminds me of the saber tooth,,,,,,,,,,,

  8. Kyle

    May 21, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Uh he won in 2013 and the putter was released in 2013, right?

  9. Andrew

    May 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Like the look of those a lot!

  10. Joel

    May 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Very YES! Sandy-esque I like it though

    • Scooter McGavin

      May 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Exactly my thought. Very Sandy 12-esque, in particular.

  11. adan

    May 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Looks like the Odyssey #7

  12. Ben

    May 21, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    at some point he’s going to have to cut a couple feet off of that shaft and get on with it….

    • Ryan

      May 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Actually, rumor has it that he’s just going to keep the same putter and use a USGA conforming putter stroke.

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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar. 

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

Note: We originally reported Stricker had a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag, per Titleist’s equipment report. Stricker did, however, have a Odyssey White Hot putter in play during the final round of the QBE Shootout.

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