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Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12.5 hitting stores December 12

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It’s one thing to reinvent a design, it’s another to take an existing design and make it work better, or in the case of the new Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12.5, make it work better for more players.

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12.5: Details

The Phantom X 12.5 is an extension of the popular Phantom X line of mallets to meet the needs of players seeking a stable putter with more toe flow. This category of more “toe down” mallet putters has grown enormously in the last few years, and we see more and more putters like this used by the top players in the world. A bonus for the southpaws out there: the new Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12.5 will be available left-handed.

The Phantom X 12.5 brings the entire Phantom X line up to 10 mallet designs built around five head styles—each with an option for different hosel configurations. The Phantom X 12.5 offers a low-bend shaft setup that mimics what many would refer to as a short slant neck. The difference is that compared to a slant neck, the low bend hides the hosel and the shaft transitions into the head quite discretely to offer a very clean look from address, making it very easy to align.

Since the inspiration for the putter came directly from the tour, the top alignment is much more subtle compared to other models in the Phantom X line. A single gloss black long line contrasts nicely with the matte finish on the aluminium body of the putter to offer help in setting up but still keeps a clean look preferred by better players.

Just like every other putter in the Phantom line, the X 12.5 utilizes multi-material construction to increase MOI and optimal weight distribution, while also maintaining the responsive feedback and feel Scotty Cameron putters are known for.

“Every time we introduce a new putter line, I receive requests from tour players and dedicated
golfers for additional setups and configurations. Phantom X 12.5 is the result of some of those
requests. I added the low-bend shaft for extra toe flow and also designed a new alignment
option by milling a single sight line down the center painted black for a very clean look from
address. It really sets up nicely. Adding this new model also gave me the opportunity to make
a left-handed version designed so everyone can take advantage of the performance benefits
of the Phantom X 12.5.” – Scotty Cameron

Cameron released this video on YouTube in conjunction with the announcement.

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12.5: Availability

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12.5 putters will be available in North America on December 12,
2019, and worldwide on February 14, 2020 through Titleist authorized golf shops. MAP: $429.

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. JWK

    Dec 4, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Left hand option -Yes!

  2. HappyDuffer

    Dec 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    So another spider like putter and looks like a PXG operator? Did we need it, what did it improve on? How about a little innovation instead?

    • Jim

      Dec 4, 2019 at 7:24 pm

      Scotty Cameron…Innovate…Im dying here!!!!

  3. Dave Noll

    Dec 4, 2019 at 6:34 am

    I don’t hate it

  4. JP

    Dec 4, 2019 at 4:35 am

    Paint the wings black, make the sight line eggshell white, and install a black shaft and that has potential

  5. Sick/vomit

    Dec 4, 2019 at 12:27 am

    WOW disgusting piece of crap, the space ships are in space not on the putting green….. Pitiful

  6. Marc Wahlberg

    Dec 3, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Wait ‘a minute, haven’t we already done the Darth Vader putters AND with fuchsia green racing stripes? We’re doing this again? What happened to the basic blue carbon steel Ping’esh plumber’s neck copy’alike flat sticks? Bat wings?? Oy Vay!!!

    • Geno4952

      Dec 6, 2019 at 10:23 am

      I agree 1000% I’ll stay with mt old Ping Anser style any day and $429 is a bit much for a run of the mill retail putter, isn’t it??? Oh yeah… isn’t fuchsia a pinkish purple?? I could be wrong…. it happens….

      Peace

  7. J

    Dec 3, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    What a piece of junk!

  8. FredWomble

    Dec 3, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Even Elon Musk is cringing at this monstrosity.

  9. DB

    Dec 3, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Wow this actually looks really nice. The black alignment line is a huge improvement.

  10. Mario La macchia

    Dec 3, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Looks awesome.. just kinda waiting the 2020 release before pulling any triggers

  11. Acemandrake

    Dec 3, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Don’t think I’ll be making enough putts to justify the cost.

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Patrick Reed’s irons and playing golf club detective

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As golf writers with a specialty in golf club technology and an understanding of how the industry and supply chains work, it’s usually not overly difficult for us to draw some conclusions as to where particular clubs might come from. The reason being that as far as top-end quality components go, there are only so many places that have the capability to produce them—especially when it comes to creating thin cast/forged titanium woods or forged irons.

When a new club shows up, this puts us in the position of reading between the lines, closely comparing pictures, club designs, and even fonts, in an attempt to connect the dots.

One of the first examples of this in 2019 was Francesco Molinari’s custom Callaway irons—obviously different from the standard Apex MB model. Francesco even divulged some information about their Japanese roots in an interview with Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall “These [Apex MB] forged blades are made, I think, in Japan, so they’re slightly different from the standard muscle back.” I took a deep dive on these in a piece that can be found here. 

OEM Oversight

Don’t think for a second it’s only equipment junkies on the outside doing research to learn more about their favorite clubs or trying to track down prototype information—OEMs and equipment manufacturers do it too; they even have teams dedicated to the task.

One of the best examples of this is a group of engineers located in Titleist HQ in Fairhaven Massachusetts. Their primary role is to monitor their supply chain, but the other key part of their role is to keep up to date on what other overseas manufacturers are doing with their balls, including the “white label” balls being sold under various brands—a hot topic that has been discussed many times over. The reason this is key for Titleist/Acushnet is they are both designers and patent holders when it comes to golf ball IP (intellectual property), and Acushnet also owns its manufacturing, something only the largest companies can afford to do.

The “Patrick Reed Signature” Irons

Photo By: Royce Thompson (PGA Tour)

This brings us to Patrick Reed’s new “signature” irons, spotted earlier this week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Patrick has been quiet on the subject beyond a few details including that he’s been working on them for over a year with a small Japanese company, and we would be hearing more at the beginning of January. First reported by PGA Tour’s Andrew Tursky, thanks to some digging on the USGA Conforming List, the irons are Manufactured by Emery JPN Co.

Here’s where the detective work kicks in: I went beyond the USGA’s list and starting searching for Emery JPN Co. online and came back mostly empty-handed until I had an idea. The USGA isn’t the only governing body to have conforming lists so I went to the R&A, and BINGO!

A quick search for Emery resulted in them being the parent company for a number of quality component OEMs including GrindWorks.jp , SAQRA , and Patrick Reed.

Just like with golf balls, phones or computers, smaller companies don’t own their manufacturing and instead rely on creating a design to then be built by a much large facility. With phones, that means Foxconn, with golf balls that means a few large companies in Taiwan and China, and for forged irons, that generally leads to Endo—one of the largest forging companies in the world—they even have they own in house brand, Epon. Considering that GrindWorks irons are known to be forged at Endo, I would be happy to draw a straight line to the Patrick Reed irons also being forged there too.

Until we have further details this is still speculation, but to see what other are saying in the GolfWRX forums check out the discussion here: GolfWRX Forums: Patrick Reed with new Irons

 

 

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Patrick Reed’s custom Scotty Cameron Captain America putter”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Patrick Reed’s custom Scotty Cameron Captain America putter. The Texan had the putter made for the 2018 Ryder Cup and didn’t put it into action, but Reed has the flat-stick in the bag this week at the Hero World Challenge, and it’s serving him well as he sits atop the leaderboard at the halfway mark.

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

  • JBull1011: “Awesome looking putter!”
  • Cmiller6868: “My dream putter. This putter gets better looking every time I click on it.”
  • SubaruWRX: “I know it’s picky, but I wish he’d done white paint fill in the middle dot.”

Entire Thread: “Patrick Reed’s custom Scotty Cameron Captain America putter”

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Honma launches new premium Beres line with clubs featuring 24K gold and platinum accents

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Honma Beres Line

Honma has launched its new premium Beres line which includes drivers, fairways, hybrids and irons available in the brand’s 2,3,4 or 5 star grade options – with the 5 star option containing 24K gold and platinum accents.

The four full premium Beres product lines are defined by a star grade ranging from 2-5 stars. According to the company, the grades are differentiated by increasing levels of cosmetic detail, shaft performance and use of precious metals in the clubhead, culminating in a 5 star offering featuring both 24K gold and platinum accents.

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Beres 5 str iron

Speaking on the all-new Beres line, Hiroshi Suwa, Senior Director, Product Development Division, stated

“Only Honma’s most experienced takumi are permitted to work on BERES. These golf clubs represent the soul of our company and are the ultimate artistic expression of our most talented clubmakers.”

The metalwoods of the Beres line feature maximum active speed slot technology that fully activates at lower swing speeds to increase distance. The sole slot of these metalwoods features deep side slot extensions designed to increase distance on off-center hits. A thin, internal, radial-ribbed face in the Beres drivers seeks to offer maximum distance potential off the tee.

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Beres 4 star irons

The maximum active speed slot technology extends to the new Beres irons where three sole slots, two internal and one external, aim to work to increase speed off the face for ultimate distance even at slower swing speeds. A 3D L-Cup face construction pushes weight back in the irons to visible weight pads designed to enhance forgiveness and speed on off-center hits.

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Beres 3 star iron

The new Beres line also contains ARMRQ shafts which have been redesigned to increase distance – having been constructed with multi-axis metal hybrid armor technology visible under the grip for a high smash-factor design

For the 3-5 star grade options, Honma increased the use of special “twist fleuret” M40X composite material inspired by the shape memory characteristics of fencing swords – designed to provide players with extra distance.

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Beres 3 star driver

On the new premium line, Chris McGinley, Vice President of Global Product, said

“The new BERES brings modern, elegant beauty and high-performance technology to a wide range of golfers across all global markets who appreciate fine detail and impeccable craftsmanship in golf clubs.”

The all-new Honma Beres line is available for both men and women and can be purchased now in stores and online with prices ranging from $850 for the 2-star driver to $4,500 for the 5-star offering.

 

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