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Justin Thomas inspires Scotty Cameron’s new Futura 5.5M putter

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In July 2016, Justin Thomas visited Scotty Cameron’s Putter Studio looking for a new flatstick. He wanted a compact mallet putter that would work for his arcing putting stroke, which required a custom solution from the Scotty Cameron team.

“We welded a flare neck to a Futura X5 Tour putter and sent him on his way,” Scotty Cameron said. He went on to win three events, reporting back that some of his buddies wanted a putter like his. The wheels started turning from there.”

The “turning wheels” inside Cameron’s head led him to create an all-new putter inspired by Thomas’ request, the Futura 5.5M. The new putter is about 10 percent smaller than the Futura 7M putter that it resembles. Unlike the 7M, however, it has what’s known as toe hang, or “toe flow,” a design that tends to work well for golfers with arcing putting strokes.

Futura 5.5 Playing Position

Scotty Cameron Futura 5.5M at address.

“To achieve [toe flow], I created a leaned over, stainless steel half-neck spud off the topline that accepts a single bend shaft,” Scotty Cameron said. “This is an elegant way to give the player a full shaft of offset and also offer a clean view of the entire leading edge of the topline. The proportion is right. The weight is right. And now we have a mallet with more toe flow for players who like that arcing feel in their stroke, but want more forgiveness.”

Futura 5.5 Back

The Futura 5.5M has a Silver Mist finish.

Like the rest of the Futura putter line, the Futura 5.5M ($379) has a multi-material construction of 6061 aircraft aluminum and 303 stainless steel. Its wrap-around face sole design pushes weight to the perimeter of the putter head for added forgiveness. It’s available in stores August 25 in North America and September 25 worldwide.

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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. Geoff

    Aug 2, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Another ‘Inspired By’ that isn’t like the model it’s inspired by. Another joke from Cameron.

  2. Will

    Aug 2, 2017 at 9:03 am

    This is not inspired by justin Thomas any more than it was inspired by anyone else who uses a smaller mallet. They know we want a flow neck version. Not sure why they won’t make one. Im tired of waiting though. I’m getting the new odyssey 7 with a flow neck when they are available.

  3. UnclePhil

    Aug 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Sigh!

  4. BusterG

    Aug 1, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Available Aug 25 and I will be at my golf store at opening time to grab one of these booyah beauties

  5. JB

    Aug 1, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    JT’s looks way better. This is a cop out.

  6. AndyUK

    Aug 1, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Hmmm…that isn’t a flow neck last time I checked. Looks like he’s gone down the cheap route?

    Massive FAIL!

  7. David

    Aug 1, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Why wont they make JT’s putter or the one Jordan used for one week!? Terrible terrible terrible

    • Rich

      Aug 21, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Because if they did, there wouldn’t be the “Tour only” putters that he can sell for thousands, just cause it’s got a certain stamp on it. I don’t mind Scotty Cameron putters but bloody hell they take people for a ride with all the bull that goes along with it.

  8. Harry Doyle

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Swing and a miss

  9. DB

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:44 am

    This is pretty nice, look forward to trying it. But I prefer the look of the straight shaft and flow-neck.

  10. JD

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:07 am

    When you go on a blind date and she looks nothing like her profile picture.

  11. Jerry

    Aug 1, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I like Justin Thomas’ putter hosel.

    • LeftyRizer

      Aug 1, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      I agree 100%. Every other manufacturer is putting out a straight shaft flow-neck. That’s what players want. This is just a cheap knock-off….well, at $379 cheap may not be the right word.

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Spotted: Callaway X Series drivers hit the USGA conforming clubs list

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As of Monday, Feb. 19, new Callaway X Series drivers (9.5 and 10.5 degrees) appear on the USGA Conforming Clubs list. Here is the full photo and description as they appear on the USGA website:

There’s not much to go on here based on the photo or description. All we know is that the drivers are called “X Series” and that there’s a Chevron alignment mark. Not very helpful.

What we can guess, however, is that these X Series drivers will be a follow-up to the company’s X Series 416 drivers, which were lower-end releases that focused on distance and forgiveness at a lower price point. The X Series 416 drivers had an adjustable hosel, while it appears the new X Series drivers do not.

What do you think about these new X Series drivers?

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Xander Schauffele WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Genesis Open (2/19/18).

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design AD-BB 7X

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (15 degrees, at 14.1 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8X

5 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8X

Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (18 degrees), TaylorMade P-750 (4-9 iron)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Callaway mack Daddy 4 (52-10S), Titleist Vokey SM6 (56-10S bent to 57, 60-08M, bent to 61)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100,

Putter: Odyssey Works Big T prototype

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Bubba Watson’s Winning WITB: 2018 Genesis Open

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 degrees, at 7.6 degrees)
Shaft: Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Pink X-Flex
Length: 44.5 inches (tipped 0.5 inches)

Hybrid: Ping G (19 degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Hybrid X
Length: 40.25 inches
Swing weight: D2

Irons: Ping iBlade (2 iron), Ping S55 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Length: +0.25 inches (2 iron), +0.5 inches (4-PW)

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52-12 SS, 56-12 SS, 60-06 TS)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Length: +0.5 inches

Putter: Ping Anser 303SS
Grip: Ping Pistol
Length, loft, lie: 34.25 inches, 4.5 degrees, 68.5 degrees

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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