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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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  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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GolfWRX Spotlight: Evalu18 – ‘Evaluating golf architecturally’

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When it comes to course directories with an emphasis on past and present architects, Evalu18 is likely to be one of the most in-depth—for UK and Ireland golf courses—you’re ever likely to see—highlighted by the site’s wealth of information and user-friendly navigation.

Jasper Miners, a Canadian now living in London, is the brains behind Evalu18. He explained to me how the concept began as a map with courses that he wanted to play based on his extensive research, which was then added to based on the recommendations of others. Frustrated by the lack of an easy way to access the information in a modern format – he created Evalu18.

“After some time I shared a map with a good friend, an American from New York whom I worked with who was a very keen golfer. The map and my notes allowed him to find great golf wherever he was and to plan a trip easily. 

Everyone has heard of the Open rota courses and perhaps some of the courses which are intimately linked to the history and origins of the game. However, for every well-known course, there are 10-20 that may be just as good that we and even locals may never have even heard of. Evalu18 exists for those – sound golf is the criteria for being listed.” – Jasper Miners, founder of Evalu18

Beginning with the site’s interactive map the depth of research and information available is striking. The filter option, which has been crafted down to the minutest detail, puts the directory in a league of its own and allows golfers to plan for the perfect day out or golfing trip.

Whether you are looking for a particular golf course from a specific architect or consultant, to whether the track is dog-friendly. or is suited to trolleys or buggies, Evalu18 has you covered. The directory allows you to filter courses based on the level of difficulty their walkability is, what is available practice facility wise or if you’re looking for a course which has ever hosted a specific event as well as much more.

Another cool feature of Evalu18 is its “Collections” element. With taste and preference regarding golf courses being so vast amongst golfers, the site doesn’t separate courses by ranking but lets you home in on that ideal course in a simple fashion.

The Collection section showcases courses that are grouped according to identifiable characteristics. Featured in this area of the site are nine-hole courses, truly unique courses, bunker-less courses, hidden gems, bang-for-your-buck courses as well as so many more cool categories.

Each course on the site contains information that a typical guest would want to know, with plenty also featuring full reviews written to enhance the experience.

Additionally, a “discover” section of the site allows golf-enthusiasts to explore golf course architecture books, magazines and pertinent works with the company confidently claiming to have “the most thorough collection of GCA book reviews anywhere online.”

 

As for what’s next for Evalu18, international growth along with a unique travel guide, says Jasper

“We are working on improvements to the site and a unique travel section that will have substantial guides. Every course can also have included recommended accommodation, food and drink venues and tourist sites. We engage with the clubs and have them help us tell their story – what makes them unique and worth your time, attention and $.”

Whether you are already in the UK and Ireland or planning that dream golfing trip abroad, Evalu18 is a site that is a must for any golfer to check out. Once you do, it will likely place you on your ideal course—which before you may not have even known existed.

Check out Evalu18 here.

 

 

 

 

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Today from the Forums: “New LA Golf Shafts at the 2020 Honda Classic”

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Today from the Forums shines the spotlight on new LA Golf Shafts featured at this week’s Honda Classic. The new shafts have gone down well with our members, who are excited about what the company has in store for 2020.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • QuigleyDU: “Nice! The mentioned during the discussion they did here that new stuff was coming. I have heard the TRONO is straight up rebar stout.”
  • AdamStoutjesdyk: “I am so intrigued by the Trono since I saw it on one of TXG’s Videos.”
  • bfizzy: “I like how they are taking their time to bring out new products to retail and consumer-oriented channels. Will be cool to see what they come out with!”

Entire Thread: “New LA Golf Shafts at the 2020 Honda Classic”

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Top 5 modern glued-hosel drivers

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Modern adjustable drivers are a marvel of engineering and something we now take for granted—considering every OEM utilizes some type of adjustable system to assist with fitting and dialing in launch conditions.

However, as every WRXer knows, before we had these tools to our disposal, we had to rely on the good old-fashion glued-in shaft drivers.

These five models are among the best from the recent past.

TaylorMade Burner SuperFast TP

Released in the fall of 2010, the Burner SuperFast TP was the undisputed king of ball speed for a very long time. Many will default to thinking the R510 TP was one of TaylorMade’s best, but for both the average golfer and for tour pros, this 460cc driver offered a lot more forgiveness than the R510 thanks to its size and aerodynamics. For those who had one, it stayed in the bag for a long time if you got the shaft right.

Adams Insight Tech a4 Prototype 9015D

Adams. Really?

It was a question a lot of people asked when these started showing up in golfer’s bags.

The 9015D was the brother to the original Adams 9016D, which was specifically built for the long drive circuit when Adams Golf was the official sponsor. It had a high toe profile and sat open at address—something that was often hard to come by in the glued hosel era of driver design.

One fun thing to consider when looking back at this driver is the protruding mass towards the back of the head to lower the center of gravity—vaguely similar to the TaylorMade SIM’s Inertia Generator and Cobra’s SpeedBack—minus the multi-material construction. Those Adams engineers were onto something!

Titleist 905R

Titleist’s very first 460cc driver was introduced not long after the 400cc 905S and the 905T (made famous by the notorious old-club using Steve Stricker) hit the scene.

The 905R stayed in some player’s bag for an extended period of time, including the bag of Adam Scott, who didn’t switch until the 910 came along. Many golfers referred to the 905R as a big version of the famous 975J, and from address it’s hard to argue.

Callaway FT Tour

One of Callaway’s first “tour” style drivers. The original version of the FT Tour was called the FT-9 Tour Authentic and was Callaway’s attempt to compete with the popular Tour Preferred line from TaylorMade. The price tag was high but so was the performance.

The FT Tour was a workable low spin driver and the grandchild of the FT-5 TH—a tour only driver that offered Callaway’s very first traditional-style hosel and got them away from the S2H2 designs that built the brand in the 90s. At 460cc’s, it still looks small by today’s standards, but if you can find one give it a hit.

Bridgestone J33R 460

The J33R 460 will go down as one of the all-time best drivers of its era. Its popularity even made trying to find one more difficult than it should have been at the time because Bridgestone struggled to find brick and mortar stores to carry their hard goods (beyond golf balls) at a time when big-box was the king of golf retail. The J33R was the third generation of the J33 driver line that included the J33P (375cc) and the original J33R (420cc).

Stuart Appleby famously hit a 426-yard tee shot at the 2006 Mercedes Championships (Tournament of Champions in Hawaii) that nearly went over the green of the par-4 12th hole with the J33P—now imagine the punch of the 460 version!

What do you think of these selections, WRXers? Any drivers you’d add?

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