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Scotty Cameron Futura X Dual Balance putter

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Scotty Cameron has released a new version of the putter Adam Scott used to win the Masters, the Futura X Dual Balance.

The aptly named Dual Balance has a heavier-than-standard 400-gram putter head than is balanced with a 50-gram weight in the butt section of the grip. The combination of this, the putter’s 38-inch length and it’s 15-inch grip reduces hand action for a smoother, more stable stroke, according to the company.

“We’ve found, through our last 20 years of high speed video research with tour players, that the best putters in the world point the butt of their putter at their midsection throughout the putting stroke,” said Titleist Master Craftsman Scotty Cameron “From address, to the backstroke, at impact and through the forward stroke – the butt of the putter remains pointed to about the same 1- or 2-inch circle in their belly area.

“With Futura X Dual Balance, the goal was to slow down the butt end of the putter and keep it stable. If you have quick hands, drag the butt away, or you struggle to make a consistent stroke with a conventional putter, Futura X Dual Balance is a great option.”

The putter has a “Frozen Titanium” finish that helps reduce glare, two black sightlines and red cherry-dot weights in the sole and balance bar. The mid-milled face texture draws a crisp sound from the aluminum face and body.

The Futura X Dual Balance gains perimeter stability from four stainless heel-toe weights in the head. The weights include two 20-gram weights on the rear balance bar and two 10-gram sole weights in the front corners of the putter.

“That rear balance bar allows us to add considerable weight a fairly long distance away from the shaft axis, which is really what drives the high MOI,” Cameron said. “Can you get it too far back weighted? Absolutely. We put the balance point so it sets well and maximizes the MOI and the resistance to twist at impact on off-center hits.”

The standard length of Dual Balance is 38 inches, three inches longer than the standard length of a conventional putter. This is to keep the 50-gram weight above the golfer’s hands while putting. The large diameter Cameron Flat Front Winn grip has a colored section at the top that indicates the proper hand placement at 35 inches. The 15-inch grip length also allows for multiple hand placement options, depending on the player’s preference.

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Matt Fletcher is a project assistant at GolfWRX. He loves seeing all the clubs around the office, but can't test any because he is left-handed.

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  1. Wunneye Trowzersnayke

    Sep 23, 2014 at 8:33 am

    U know when you flub a chip .. Hit 2 in behind ball and the ball goes about a ft and half …then u blade it across the practice green … Well that next ball u plan on chipping is ultimate “domecheck”
    .it’s like turning into a caveman and somebody put a stick in your hand

  2. Joe

    Sep 9, 2014 at 4:41 am

    I understand that the Futura X Dual Balance has a “Circle T” edition or so called the “Tour” edition, can someone kindly help me to understand the difference between the standard Futura X Dual Balance and the “Circle T” edition. Also, I heard the “Circle T” edition can only be purchased by tour/pro players, is that true? Thank you

  3. Curt

    May 28, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Can anyone tell me if the weight is connected to the grip or can you change the grip? Is the weight glued in to the but of the club?

    • Maxi

      Aug 13, 2014 at 12:18 am

      Hi Curt,
      For you, and or others yet to figure this out, the weight is in the shaft; not the grip. It is glued in (metal to metal) and requires a heat gun to melt glue and provide some expansion to the shaft. It will pull out with pliers (if you are extending or shortening the shaft). Otherwise, go ahead and rip of the grip and replace it with one of your own choosing. Cheers, Maxi

  4. Jordo

    Feb 7, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Hey rich.. I’m also in Australia and interested in the futura.. Can you give me some advice on where to try one out?

  5. Jericho

    Dec 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Ok was at the PGA superstore yesterday and had to actually hit it this time .. I paced off 40 feet ..got back and lined it up..1st ball sleight pull one ft passed ..18 inches left ..the next 6 balls ..two lip outs and four no more than a foot left or right.. then took a newport for 6 balls ..the putter face felt like it was drifting around a bit..1st three balls were one foot left .. 4th ball lipped the left side of the cup..last two balls also left of cup about a foot.. hit 6 more with the duel balance and same result as the first time ..just throwing darts.. to me the black newports feel great..solid, quiet an soft ..the duel balance feels a little clicky however I could see why Adam hits one ,the whole putter swing feels like your on a track..very grounded and locked in..I’m going back this week end to hit 4 and 10 footers for about 30 minutes and compare with my newport.. only concern is that I hit a 33 and its a 38 inch putter and kinda brushes my shirt a little.. wish they made this in a 35 like the tm daddy long legs… its $100 more than my newport but after my full session with both we’ll see who wins the gunfight.. winner gets bagged.

  6. Jimmy Ray

    Dec 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I tried this in a local shop and it was money. Like all the putters I try in the shop, of course. But I’ve got belly’s, fat SuperStrokes, thin Super Strokes, Heavy Putters, mallets, etc. This thing was as solid down the line as anything I’ve ever tried. At US$399, it better be.

  7. Jericho

    Dec 18, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I play a custom newport .. tried a TM daddy long legs counter balance was flat out lights out ..the look at address with these ..ehh

  8. Jeff

    Dec 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I hate myself for wanting one.

  9. bobazeba

    Dec 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    It’s a guarantee. If you spend $300+ for a Scottie Cammerson putter, it will improve your game…..for about 3 months

  10. Scott

    Dec 16, 2013 at 2:55 am

    I’m in Australia and bought this putter the other day. It has helped my putting a lot as i was always stuttery and all over the place but now i am holing a few and the ones i miss have more or less lipped out. Very happy!

  11. M.David

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    The big thing is lack of twisting on off center hits. I feel this is almost as important as anchoring. Without the back stabilizer bar the putter would be very hard to use. You can see Adam Scott bounce the ball off the putter head and there is no twisting. Make putting more of a skill and limit depth of putter. More blade type.

    • greg

      Dec 16, 2013 at 4:23 am

      the distance control with off center hits is pretty amazing also!

  12. greg

    Dec 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I got this putter about a month ago and my putting has improved dramatically since. it forces you into good tempo and the face stays pretty neutral throughout the stroke. I can’t wait to get more rounds in with it. I’ve only had 3 3 putts in 4 rounds since getting this. That for me is a major improvement

  13. Golfer great

    Dec 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Cartoon frog looking back at you when you putt? Could be just me. I’m sure this will be very stable though. The heavy weight putters will benefit from no insert to keep the impact feel alive. I know I’ll be trying one.

  14. Rich

    Dec 14, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Saw this in a shop a couple of days ago and it looked sick! I’m in Australia and it was over $500 retail so it would want to work!

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TOUR REPORT: J.R. Smith’s purple Bettinardi, JT’s new 1-of-1 Scotty, and Ping Raw wedges spotted

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Welcome to Wilmington Country Club in Delaware, host site of the 2022 BMW Championship. While the golf media was abuzz this week over a secretive player meeting that Tiger Woods flew in to attend, I was busy checking out the equipment that BMW Championship participants had in the bag.

Unexpectedly for this time of year, there were plenty of interesting gear switches, new products spotted, and fresh custom one-off prototypes to hold us over until next season. Justin Thomas made a surprising putter change, we dove into former NBA player J.R. Smith’s golf bag to find an unbelievable (and very purple) 1-of-1 putter, and Ping unveiled fresh raw wedges.

Let’s stop wasting time and get right into this week’s Tour Report from the BMW Championship.

JT’s ultra-custom Scotty Cameron putter

 

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It seemed that Justin Thomas was perfectly content with his custom 1-of-1 Scotty Cameron Phantom T5 putter that he used to win the 2022 PGA Championship. That was until Tuesday at the BMW Championship when the Scotty Cameron rep delivered him another custom 1-of-1 T5 Proto with a custom black sole plate, his logo in the back cavity, a custom Tour Only “Thumb’s Up” logo and his initials on the outer toe, cherry bombs on the back bumpers, a knuckle neck, and a lightly milled face with some more cherry bombs on it.

Tough life switching from one custom Tour Only putter to another, huh?

The custom additions are undeniably awesome, especially if you’re JT, but the real purpose for the switch is the shorter length; the new 1-of-1 is 0.5 inches shorter than the old one. He’s switching from 34.5 inches into 34 inches.

JT explained his reasoning for the shorter length on Wednesday, saying his arms and shoulders sit more comfortably with a slightly shorter length.

GolfWRX profiled the switch over on PGATOUR.com’s Equipment Report this week.

More in-hand photos of JT’s new putter here

Ping unveils new Glide Pro Forged Raw wedges

It’s been years since Ping has offered a raw wedge option, but with enough player demand on Tour, Ping finally delivered. This week, Ping unveiled a slew of Glide Forged Pro Raw wedge options for Tour players. Joaquin Niemann and Taylor Moore wasted no time putting a set of them in the bag.

According to Ping Tour rep Kenton Oates, the raw wedges will rust over time, so we’ll keep an eye on how long that takes and update with photos at a later juncture. Until then, enjoy the photos of Niemann’s wedges below, or check out the full lineup of lofts and grinds here.

NBA star J.R. Smith’s purple Bettinardi, and full WITB

 

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J.R. Smith showed up at the 2022 BMW Championship Pro-Am with dyed orange hair, a matching orange sweater, and a Rolex watch with the diamonds dancing. It was his putter that stole the show, though.

We went deep into the details of the putter over on PGATOUR.com, with comments from J.R. himself, so if you want more info than just the photos, I suggest checking that out. But if you get stuck fawning over the in-hand photos, I completely understand.

Between J.R. and JT this week, it’d be a tough decision which custom one-off putter I like better. I’ll leave that argument to the comments instead.

J.R. Smith WITB

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (8 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TSi3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-BB 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist TSi3 (20 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 95 X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-9 iron)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Onyx X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (46-10F, 52-12F, 56-10S and 60-04L)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Onyx X100

Putter: Bettinardi Inovai 6.0 “J.R. Smith” custom purple

No Laying Up co-founder Chris “Soly” Solomon makes an appearance

While some may argue Solomon needs a putter upgrade or re-shaft ASAP, I personally believe…well, you’re probably right. That being said, I love the look and character of old and used equipment so much that I’ll give him a pass. Plus, it takes some serious Tour Sauce to show up to a Pro-Am with that flatstick.

In case you don’t know who he is, Solomon is the co-founder and co-host of the No Laying Up podcast. He played alongside J.R. Smith and Tony Finau in the Wednesday Pro-Am, and he was flashing some really cool, old-school inspired headcovers.

Check out all the photos of Soly’s gear here 

Additional photos from Boise

While I was holding it down on the east coast at the BMW Championship, GolfWRX photographer Greg Moore was out in Idaho covering the 2022 Albertsons Boise Open.

And cover it he did.

Greg took 27 photo galleries full of WITB photos, as well as 5 other general galleries, and a forum thread of Scotty Cameron’s custom potato headcovers.

If you wanted Korn Ferry Tour photos, you definitely got them this week. Check out all of the photos here.

Cameron Young’s absurd driver numbers

 

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I’d be curious to know whether Cameron Young would be willing to trade driver launch numbers with me. I don’t have much else to add, those numbers are perfect.

And with that, we say goodbye to Delaware…and Boise. We’ll see you next week in Hotlanta for the Tour Championship where the big money is on the line.

See all of our photos from the BMW Championship and Alberstons Boise Open

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Bettinardi and Hasbro unveil limited-edition Monopoly Golf collection

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In conjunction with Hasbro, Bettinardi Golf has collaborated with one of America’s most iconic board games, Monopoly.

The two have produced a wide range of products that will launch online over the course of three days and include putters, wedges, headcovers, metal accessories, bags, and apparel, as well as the first-ever Monopoly board game machined entirely from one piece of metal.

“Playing Monopoly with my family was an absolute staple growing up in the Bettinardi household, like many kids around the country. It’s all about nostalgia, and I really wanted to bring Monopoly’s iconic designs and branding, with the fun factor of what we do at The Hive to not only our customers but Monopoly’s fanatical customer base as well. The iconic game pieces, colorways, and characters, along with our own beloved Bettinardi icons, made the design process exciting, but also endless with the amount of fun we had designing this amazing release.” – Sam Bettinardi, President of Bettinardi Golf

Additionally, Bettinardi Golf plans to pay homage to the game itself by including a “Game of Chance” purchasing opportunity in which customers can test their luck to receive a myriad of strikingly designed products.

This limited-edition collaboration will be launched across three days, beginning on Tuesday, August 23rd at 10 a.m. CST, with additional launches on Wednesday, August 24th, and Thursday, August 25th at 10 a.m. CST.

Each launch day will present new items available for purchase, and all three launches will be available exclusively in the Hive at www.bettinardi.com. Early token-gated access will be available for Bee Keeper Society NFT holders.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (8/16/22): TaylorMade Sim Max 7-wood

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a TaylorMade Sim MAX 7-wood

From the seller (@AceDad): “Excellent condition Taylormade Sim Max-D 7 wood 22* with Tour AD GT-7S shaft. Plays 41.5” and shaft tipped an inch. Solid and fun club for sure. Can split head and shaft if buyer for both. $224 “

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade Sim MAX 7-wood

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

 

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