Pros: The Futura X is tremendously forgiving and crafted with exceptional attention to detail. It’s one of the most stable, consistent high-MOI putters on the market.

Cons: Sells for $349-$399. It’s big and curvy, which might rub traditionalists the wrong way. Feel putters could struggle with the putter’s tendency to swing straight back and straight through.

Who’s it for? Golfers who miss a lot of short putts and/or struggle with distance control. It will work best for those who do not have much arc in their strokes.

Overview

Scotty Cameron has made his mark on the putter world over the years with blade-style putters such as his Newport, Newport 2 and mallets such as his Red X and GoLo. But he’s also taken risks with models such as the Futura, Detour and Kombi.

The Futura X fits squarely in the risk-taking category.

The oversized, high-MOI mallet is made from 6061 T6 aluminum, which is lighter than the stainless steels that are used to make most putters. That allowed Cameron to make the Futura X putter head larger and still have weight remaining to fine tune the putter’s performance and sound.

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The rear balance bar of the putter, which juts rearward and toward the back corners of the putter head, has two stainless steel weights on its edges to further improve the putter’s stability. There’s also two stainless steel weights on the front part of the putter’s sole that act as counterweights to better the putter’s balance and feel.

The Futura X comes in lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches and sells for $349.

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A Futura X Dual Balance ($399) is also available. It has a slightly heavier putter head and a 15-inch grip with a 50-gram weight positioned on its butt end to help golfers slow down their transition for a more consistent stroke. According to Cameron, golfers will get the most benefit from a Dual Balance putter when they position their hands about 3 inches below the butt end of the grip.

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The red section of the Futura X Dual Balance’s grip is a visual reminder of where golfers should grip the putter. 

The Futura X Dual Balance has a stock length of 38 inches, however, it’s available through custom order in 36-to-40-inch lengths in 0.5-inch increments.

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The Review

Regardless of how you feel about the Futura X, there’s one thing you can’t deny; the putter is unbelievably consistent.

Even when you mishit it — and it doesn’t matter if it’s low on the face, high on the face, or on the heel or toe — the Futura X’s distance control seems to be on cruise control. Even better news for golfers who struggle with their strokes is that weighting scheme of the putter, which concentrates the majority of its mass in the back of the putter head, encourages the Futura X to swing straight back and straight through without much effort.

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The bad news? For golfers who have some arc in their strokes, the Futura X can be over-controlling. It swings so steady that it can be hard for feel players adjust.

Looks and Feel

The biggest concern we’ve heard golfers raise about the Futura X has been the look of the two stainless steel weights that are located on the back corners of the putter head. It was an interesting choice by Cameron to include the shiny weights in that location, which contrast starkly with the putter’s matte “Frozen Titanium” finish, but it wasn’t a foolish one.

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Here’s the deal; the Futura X is long enough from front to back that golfers won’t even see the weights at address. They’ll be focused on one or more of the putter’s plentiful alignment aids, which include:

  1. A black line that’s perpendicular to the target line.
  2. Two black lines in the midsection of the putter that are parallel to the target line.
  3. Mini lines that are between the two parallel lines and parallel to them.

If you’re into simplicity or sight dots, you’ll want to look elsewhere.

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As for feel, the Futura X has a clean, crisp “thwack” that some will mistake for stainless steel. We’re not sure if that’s due to the extra weight Cameron added behind the face, the stainless steel soleplate, the weights on the front of the sole, the milling pattern on the face, etc., but whatever was done worked beautifully.

Should I get the Futura X Or Futura X Dual Balance?

Golfers should test both putters, but if they can’t (or can’t make up their mind) it makes sense to buy the Futura X Dual Balance. Yes, it’s $50 more expensive, but the added length will give golfers more flexibility if they decide they want a slightly longer or slightly shorter putter.

From a performance standpoint, the Dual Balance does a nice job of taking the “hit” out of short putts. That doesn’t mean it will fix the yips, but if you’re on the fence it’s probably something you want in your game. Those of you who don’t like the counterbalanced feel will know so immediately, so sorry for these five sentences.

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We love the attention to detail Cameron put into the Futura X, such as the high-gloss black paint fill used for the larger alignment aids and the shiny, cherry red accents added throughout the rest of the putter. The simple, circular shaft band is also a nice touch, but as cool as the headcover is it’s just as much of a pain to get off and on as the original Futura headcover. We wonder if there’s a better way.

Also not hot? The Cameron Flat Front Winn grip, which like other Winn grips loses its color and tacky feel quicker than it should. Luckily, it’s a cheap, easy upgrade.

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The Takeaway

Grading the Futura X wasn’t easy, because it will be awesome for some players and troublesome for others. Within our own walls, Managing Editor Zak Kozuchowski gushed over the Futura X, while Assistant Editor Andrew Tursky struggled to control his speed. He said it “came off too hot,” and he’s likely not the only better player to think so. It’s no surprise that Zak has more of a straight-back, straight-through stroke, while Andrew’s stroke has quite a bit more arc to it.

For golfers who like face-balanced, high-MOI putters the Futura X is one of the best currently available, and the Futura X Dual Balance is a great option for golfers looking for a bit more assistance with their strokes. These will help far more players than they hurt, and even if you don’t like the way they perform it’s hard not to appreciate the effectiveness and beauty of these designs.

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  1. now now… The beauty of putters (both the club and person holding the club) is that every single one has that promise of putting the ball in the hole when it matters. This isn’t putt putt where the small pseudo-Wilson blades are only differentiated by the color of the grip. I would swing a shoebox on a stick or a butter knife to putt less than 25 times per round. I use the dual balance after success with a belly putter. I make some, I miss some but I enjoy the solid way it feels for me… and the way I can hole putts with it. I still practice with the belly just to remember the nice feel again. Swallow that preconception and try something new. Just concentrating on different feel may make you better with your own putter. As for price- well, I’ve never regretted saving for and getting exactly what I want. But i have had the opposite when I’ve gone cheap. Fairways and greens, my friends.

  2. Was interested in buying it when it came out. I ended up testing it against the nome tr and the odyssey 7. I have a strong arc swing so the futura was absoloutley terrible( not it’s fault), I was hitting draw putts haha. It looks massive up against the ball, the feedback was very very dull (not good for a feel putter like myself) and personally didn’t appreciate the dark alignment aids. Also, the thing is massive in the bag with the head cover on which is a pain If you are using a small carry bag. As always though, Scotty putters are beautifully crafted. I ended up going with the nome TR and I absoloutley love it.

  3. I love this putter. I’ve gamed it since it came out. I’ve always been a decent putter, but I’ve had trouble with blade putters getting the right line. I’m a straight back and straight through putter. No arc. I’ve made more birdies with this putter than any other putter I’ve ever owned. My favorite prior to this was a 2 ball. I’ve owned several scotties and this by far is my favorite.

    If you’re not afraid to use something that looks like a spaceship, then give it a try! Its awesome!

  4. The less than qaulity grip is a cheap and easy fix on a 400.00 putter…

    Did you intentionally mean to be condescending with that statement or does spending 400.00 on something only to have to turn around and spend more a short time after purchase actually seem reasonable to you….

    Really…

    These articles come off as pompous an awful lot.

  5. I have this dual balance in my bag currently. I wanted to find an alternative to my belly putter. I agree, it doesn’t look the best but once you get past that there’s nothing I don’t like about it. Very stable, almost automatic on short putts, and great feel. It may be $400 but people on here pay upwards of that just on a shaft for their driver, something they will use a maximum of 14 times in a round. Dollar for dollar you get much more for your money with the Scotty than a new driver. I’m 100% satisfied.

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