Pros: The Futura X5 and X5R are compact mallet putters that offer clean aesthetics, premium craftsmanship and fantastic feedback at impact.  

Cons: They may be a bit undersized.

Who they’re for: Golfers who don’t want to stray far from the size and feel of a blade-style putter, but are interested in the increased forgiveness and stability that a face-balanced mallet can provide.

The Review

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  • Construction: 303 stainless steel with 6061 aluminum sole plate
  • Lengths Available: 33, 34 and 35 inches
  • Stock Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Stock Lie: 70 degrees
  • Stock Grip: 10-inch Matador (77 grams)

For more than a decade, Scotty Cameron’s Futura line has occupied the creative slot in the putter maker’s lineup. It’s the brand within the Cameron brand that showcases new designs, materials and technologies.

The Futura X5 and the Futura X5R certainly fit that description, and use a winged-back design that has been popularized by other putter makers. Certainly more than one Scotty Cameron fan found himself hoping that one day he would see Scotty’s take on Odyssey’s #7. The X5 and X5R are those putters.

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At Address: The Futura X5R (left) and Futura X5.

Most mallet putters offer some type of alignment aid, and the X5 and X5R are chock full of them. Parallel lines denote the steps from the top lines of the putters to their midsections, and then from their midsections to their wing-back fins. Most golfers will probably use the putter’s black midsection, which is part of the aluminum sole plate, as the primary alignment aid, however. It houses a a silver T-shape that blends beautifully with the putter’s Silver Mist finish, creating a distinct two-tone look.

In practicing mid-range putts with the X5 and X5R, I couldn’t help but feel that I was starting more putts on my intended line. I have a tendency to position my putter face opened to the target at address, and the combination of alignment features gave me immediate feedback if I was doing so. Some might call the abundance of alignment features overkill, and these putters weren’t designed with them in mind.

From a materials standpoint, the most notable feature of the X5 and X5R putters are their aluminum sole plates. Aluminum is lighter than steel, so its inclusion gave Cameron the ability to reposition discretionary weight to make the putter slightly more forgiving. For that reason, the X5 and X5R felt more stable to me than the all-steel mallet putters that I’ve used in the past. 

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Scotty Cameron’s Futura X (left) is a larger, higher-MOI putter than the Futura X5.

As far as modern mallet putters go, however, the Futura X5 and Futura X5R are on the small side. This was reinforced when I took a moment to place them side by side with Cameron’s Futura X, which is made from aluminum. That gives the Futura X a more hollow sound at impact. The X5 and X5R putters use a 303 stainless steel face that mimics the denser feel of Cameron’s blade putters.

Related: Our review of Scotty Cameron’s Futura X putter

Visually, the X5 and X5R have more similarities than differences. But for the detail-oriented crowd the Cameron brand tends to attract, the two shaping options could be the difference between buying and not buying. 

The X5 uses a more linear shape that will appeal to players who prefer a boxier, industrial look. The X5R essentially takes all the corners on the X5 and rounds them off. I tend to prefer putters with softer lines, so it was no surprise to me that I liked the X5R. Maybe it was just placebo, but I actually felt that the X5R promoted a more relaxed feeling at address than the X5. Your response might be different.

Both the X5 and X5R have a full-shaft offset and single-bend shaft. Not only does this create a face-balanced putter, but it offers an unobstructed view of the top line, which has the three-step flow of Cameron’s most popular blade putters. The clean look almost makes you forget you’re playing a mallet, and perhaps the X5 is best described as a blade disguised in a mallet’s clothing.

The Takeaway

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Sometimes the mold is broken and sometimes it is refined. With the Futura X5 and X5R, Scotty Cameron did a little bit of both. His take on the popular wing-backed mallet is uniquely Cameron, and with this offering he gives golfers a line of putters that bridge the gap between traditional blade putters and mid-sized mallets.

If you’re looking for a putter that delivers the alignment aids and forgiveness of a mallet while mimicking the feel of a blade, the X5 and X5R could be your total package.

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  1. I have 4 Scotties, and have used a Rife mallet for the last 10 yeard, but 2 weeks ago, I purchased an x5, and was really impressed. I love the mallet style putter better than the Ping, and Newport style blades, so I give Scotty Cameron 5 stars for constantly staying on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to putters.

  2. I’d have to say although I agree about the hollowish feel of the X5, I think this putter is great. I play on really fast, links greens in Scotland, you get a consistent roll, the putter isn’t too heavy to get in the way of judging distance and it’s forgiving on off-centre hits. Having used the Odyssey Tank 7, Scotty Newport 2 Dual balance and an old school ping… this is my favourite from an all round perspective. My only negative is that for me the grip, although looks good something about it’s width doesn’t work for me

  3. I’ve had one since the start of this season. My first go around with a Scotty. Had a Bettinardi BB1F blade style for years (similar to a Newport 2.5 for those that are unfamiliar). As someone who played a blade for a long time this was as big as I wanted to go. I feel like from 15feet and in this thing is rock solid. I don’t track stats but really like the feel through the stroke. I have mine setup at 33.5″ and 25G weights in the bottom.

    My only gripe is probably the 2 tone look and sometimes find myself watching the putter in the backswing compared to by blade. I might send it in to be customized all black, but not a huge deal.

  4. Its obvious the writer of this article is naive. These are not compact mallets. You can take a suburban and put it next to a bus and say it is compact. Doesnt make sense, but that is what he is trying to prove. Most will go by what is a normal and compare and this falls into the normal range, not taking a huge mallet to compare. The feel and sound of these putters are hollow. If you like that hollow little league bat feel then this is for you. The look is neither bad nor good, kinda blane, nothing exciting. There are better choices, especially in this price range. Cameron has struggle with this type of putter and think it continues with this

    • Steve – I am many things, but I don’t believe “naive” is one of them. When you compare the X5 with other full-sized mallets, it’s certainly smaller – In fact, Cameron actually did some things aesthetically to the X5 to make it actually look larger at address – as a preemptive move for those who might feel it was actually a bit too small.

      Feel is an entirely different story and one which is entirely subjective. Some like a softer feel off the putter and some like it a bit firmer – Some want a blade putter milled from a single billet of GSS – Some prefer 303 stainless with a sound slot – Different strokes -

      • Some like this, some like this, i like this. Some like it firmer some like it softer, really?
        Most that buy a premium name putter at a premium price want a nice premium feel, not a empty soda can feel. If you like a little league bat feel, then have at it. But most in the market for a $350 putter will not like the feel of this hollow can. Cameron jumped the shark with the detour line. What OTR putter in the the last 7 years has been classic Scotty? Dont include his wallhanger circle t and 009 putters. If your a Scotty fan and collector it has neen disappointing. He is milking the cow, living on on his rep.

        • Steve – I appreciate your perspective, but I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. Seems like you have something against Scotty and anything he’s made in the last several years. Fortunately, there’s a lot of quality putters out there from which to select.

      • Some like this, some like this, i like this. Some like it firmer some like it softer, really?
        Most that buy premium name putter at a premium price want a nice premium feel, not a empty soda can If you like a little league bat feel, then have at it. But most in the market for a $350 putter will not like the feel of this hollow can. Cameron jumped the shark with the detour line. What OTR putter in the the last 7 years has been classic Scotty? Dont include his wallhanger circle t and 009 putters. If your a Scotty fan and collector it has neen disappointing. He is milking the cow, living on on his rep.

        • Steve, you sound a little bitter about this topic as if this was your first experience with a Scotty Cameron putter and you picked the wrong one for you. As some one who owns close to one dozen Scotty’s over the past 10 plus years including one of the older terrylium putters, I am of the opinion that he still builds one of the best putters on the market. The reason I own so many is that they are just so friggin nice to look at standing over a putt. I will admit owning one of the X5’s that while it may feel hollow to you, it still puts a pretty good roll on the ball. But nothing beats my California DelMar that has been in the bag for over 3 years. So, I guess my message is that while you may feel the X5 is not a good putter for you, it does not make the opinions of the author “naive” but rather makes it sound like you invested money in the wrong putter for you. My advice: take more time trying before buying.

  5. Hcp 19, i have bought the X5R in August and after 4 courses, I have established my best perfomances ever: 28 putts and +15. Perfect putter for me: not too many and too visible lines, that fits with my intuitive putting. And weight and swingweight give me spontaneously accurate distance. Moreover, it is a beautiful putter!

  6. My experience is the complete opposite of this. I felt the mallet was huge, not even close to compact. And the feel is nothing like a nice blade. It has a terrible hollow feel with a tinky sound. It doesn’t feel anywhere near as solid as the 2013 or 2014 golo/Newport models. I really had high hopes for this putter but sold it after a couple rounds.

    • Thanks for your thoughts. Feel is always going to be subjective, but when I looked at the X5 next to some of the larger mallets (Futura X), I’m not sure how someone could describe it as “huge” – Certainly not as compact as the Golo, but the actual footprint is quite in the middle, as far as I could tell comparatively.

      • I guess the huge comment should have been compared to what I was trying to replace, which is the versa 7. The versa has a much smaller head shape than this. And agreed feel is subjective, I just expected it to feel more solid like the newports or golo

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