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2024 Scotty Cameron Phantom putters – GolfWRX Launch Report

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What you need to know: Spotted on the PGA Tour earlier this year, Scotty Cameron’s new Phantom mallets are headed to retail. Cameron and company targeted improved shaping, sound, feel, and enhanced alignment in redesigned dual-milled face models. Based on tour player feedback, Cameron crafted four multi-material head shapes, each with multiple neck and shaft configurations.

 

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2024 Scotty Cameron Phantom putters: What’s new, key technology

  • Reformulated alignment system: Cameron drew on tour pro feedback to not only incorporate alignment cues into the overall design, but also design an alignment system for each model — milled sight dots in the 5 and 7 models, straight sight lines on the 9’s, arrows on the 11’s.
  • Multi-material construction: 303 stainless steel meets lightweight 6061 aircraft aluminum as Cameron again uses his preferred formulation for the components of the Phantom family. According to the company, 2024 Phantom putters are more rigid for additional stability and deliver improved feel thanks to vibration-dampening technology.
  • Dual-milled faces: Cameron’s dual-milled face technology originated with the 2023 Super Select line having been popular on tour previously. An initial deep mill is followed by a second milling to reduce milling peaks. Dual-milling delivers better sound and feel and, according to Cameron, “delivers deep-milled softness with the feedback and consistency of mid-milled offerings.”
  • Performance weighting: As has been standard in the Phantom lineup, each putter features two customizable stainless steel heel-toe weights. For the Phantom 11 Long Design, the weights are made from heavier tungsten.
  • Misted finish: Cameron targets glare resistance and radiance — a tricky combination — with its silver mist finish on the steel portions of the 2024 Phantom lineup. The 6061 aluminum portions are misted and anodized in black.
  • Custom Full Contact paddle-style grips: Drawing on Cameron’s classic Baby T putter grip design, the new Full Contact grip features a chain link texture and is shaped for greater hand contact and comfort. The company also touts the grip’s flat top surface as an aid to increasing face angle awareness.

On Tour with Andrew Tursky

Typically, Scotty Cameron debuts new putter lineups at the Sony Open in Honolulu, but we got a welcome surprise this year when Cameron Young provided us a first look at the new Phantom head shapes by switching to a custom T-5 head at The 2024 Sentry in Maui a week prior.

Young told GolfWRX.com at The Sentry that he liked the slightly smaller head profile and the newly added angular shapes of the putter head, which work to frame the ball at address.

As it turns out, Young’s knuckle-neck hosel extension was more of a custom 1-of-1 design for him, whereas the “stock” Phantom Tour lineup – which did actually debut at The Sony – featured short slant necks and double-bend hosels on the T-5, T-5.5, T-7 and T-7.5 heads.

We also found out at The Sony that Scotty Cameron was offering a number of different sightlines, including a rather intricate new arrow shape.

While it’s obviously still early in the Tour launch, we also spotted Patrick Cantlay (T-5), Chesson Hadley (T-7), Vincent Whaley (T-7), and Ben Kohles (T-5), among others, testing out the new Phantom lineup.

2024 Phantom model details (via Scotty Cameron)

Phantom 5: Designed with an updated, slightly more compact shape with refined wing angles to enhance alignment, the near-face balanced Phantom 5 stays true to its tour-proven design and features a mid-bend shaft, new sight dot alignment and a blade-like feel.

Phantom 5.5: The new Phantom 5.5 model features the same updated head shape of the 5 along with a jet neck for players that prefer the alignment features of a mallet with the toe-flow of a blade.

Phantom 5s: Nearly-face balanced with a straight shaft and zero offset, the Phantom 5s offers the same compact mallet shape as its model-mates with an unobstructed view of the leading edge of the face from address.

Phantom 7: With updated contours, slightly longer wings, new sight dot alignment and a subtle shape shift for a straighter outside wing angle, the tour-proven Phantom 7 puts an emphasis on alignment, stability and MOI and features a mid-bend shaft.

Phantom 7.5: Sharing the head shape and design of the 7, the Phantom 7.5 incorporates a jet neck to promote a flowing stroke in a stable, high-MOI mallet (available in left-handed version).

Phantom 9: The Phantom 9 features a mid-bend shaft and a completely re-designed shape that offers long sight lines for improved alignment along with an angular, “ring-weighted” profile to deliver forgiveness and feel with high MOI.

Phantom 9.5: The 9.5 model matches the 9 with its shaping and alignment cues but like the 5.5 and 7.5 models, features a toe-flow promoting jet neck.

Phantom 11: A complete re-design from the sole up, the face balanced, multi-material Phantom 11 is a high-MOI mallet with a stable, mid-bend shaft and new arrow alignment features.

Phantom 11.5: With a low-bend shaft for moderate toe-flow, the Phantom 11.5 was designed for the player seeking the alignment features and MOI properties of the 11 with a shaft design that helps the putter swing on a slight arc (available in a left-handed version).

Phantom 11 Long Design – 38-inch: Designed in the Phantom 11 head shape, the Phantom 11 Long Design is a 38-inch counterbalanced model with a longer, heavier 17-inch, 135-gram pistol-style grip and a custom-designed stiffer mid-bend shaft to accommodate the overall heavier head, which includes two 25-gram tungsten sole weights.

What Scotty Cameron says:

“Max Homa, Justin Thomas and tour players around the world have found success with Phantom putters, and we’re constantly talking with them and learning more about what they want from their mallet,” Scotty Cameron said.

“Recently, it’s been alignment that has dominated those conversations. We’ve taken that feedback and designed the new Phantoms to give players useful, intuitive alignment features, not only with the sight dots and lines visible at address, but also with the overall shape of each model. Every aspect of the putter design is working together. Every angle has been refined to accentuate a down-the-line view, so the player has a clear and confident look at every putt.”

Pricing, specs, and availability

All models are available in 33, 34, 35, and 38-inch lengths along with multiple neck/shaft configurations (low-bend, mid-bend, straight shaft, or jet neck).

Phantom 5, 5.5, 5s, 7, 7.5 (LH available), 9 and 9.5 models will be available worldwide beginning March 29. Phantom 11, 11.5 (LH available), and Phantom 11 Long Design debut May 17.

Price: $449, $499 Phantom 11 Long Design

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  1. bob

    Jan 23, 2024 at 10:16 am

    So the stock alignment aid is the triple dots? If so, big mistake. Looks dumb.

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Why Rory McIlroy will likely use the new TaylorMade BRNR Mini Driver Copper at the RBC Heritage

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Although we spotted Rory McIlroy testing the new TaylorMade BRNR Mini Driver Copper last week during practice rounds at the Masters, he ultimately didn’t decide to use the club in competition.

It seems that will change this week at the 2024 RBC Heritage, played at the short-and-tight Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head.

When asked on Wednesday following his morning Pro-Am if he’d be using the new, nostalgic BRNR Copper this week, McIlroy said, “I think so.”

“I like it,” McIlroy told GolfWRX.com on Tuesday regarding the BRNR. “This would be a good week for it.”

 

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According to Adrian Rietveld, the Senior Manager of Tour at TaylorMade, the BRNR Mini Driver can help McIlroy position himself properly off the tee at the tight layout.

Here’s what Rietveld told GolfWRX.com on Wednesday:

“For someone like Rory, who’s that long at the top end of the bag, and then you put him on a course like Harbour Town, it’s tough off the tee. It’s tight into the greens, and you have to put yourself in position off the tee to have a shot into the green. It kind of reminds me of Valderrama in Spain, where you can be in the fairway and have no shot into the green.

“I’m caddying for Tommy [Fleetwood] this week, so I was walking the course last night and looking at a few things. There’s just such a small margin for error. You can be standing in the fairway at 300 yards and have a shot, but at 320 you don’t. So if you don’t hit a perfect shot, you could be stuck behind a tree. And then if you’re back at 280, it might be a really tough shot into the small greens.

“So for Rory [with the BRNR], it’s a nice course-specific golf club for him. He’s got both shots with it; he can move it right-to-left or left-to-right. And the main thing about this club has been the accuracy and the dispersion with it. I mean, it’s been amazing for Tommy.

“This was the first event Tommy used a BRNR last year, and I remember talking to him about it, and he said he couldn’t wait to play it at Augusta next year. And he just never took it out of the bag because he’s so comfortable with it, and hitting it off the deck.

“So you look at Rory, and you want to have the tools working to your advantage out here, and the driver could hand-cuff him a bit with all of the shots you’d have to manufacture.”

So, although McIlroy might not be making a permanent switch into the new TaylorMade BRNR Mini Driver Copper, he’s likely to switch into it this week.

His version is lofted at 13.5 degrees, and equipped with a Fujikura Ventus Black 7X shaft.

See more photos of Rory testing the BRNR Mini here

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Spotted: TaylorMade P-UDI driving iron

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It seems like the RBC Heritage is full of new gear to be spotted, and you can add TaylorMade’s P-UDI utility irons to that list.

We spotted a 17-degree P-UDI 2-iron in Nick Dunlap’s bag yesterday, and now have some photos of both the 3- and 4-irons. Nick has his P-UDI 2-iron setup with a Project X HZRDUS Black 4th Gen 105g TX shaft.

From what we can tell, this new P-UDI utility iron looks to have some of the usual TaylorMade technology as we can see the Speed Slot on the sole of the club for additional face flexibility. A toe screw is usually used to close off the hollow body design that will probably be filled with a version of TaylorMade’s Speed Foam that is present in the current iron lineup. This hollow body, foam-filled design should offer additional ball speed, soft feel, and sound, as well as an optimized CG for ball flight.

“Forged” is etched into the hosel, so we can assume that either the face, body, or both are forged for a soft and responsive feel. The club looks good from behind and at address, where we can see just a little offset and a topline that I would consider medium thickness. We don’t have the full details on what is under the hood or how many loft options will be available yet.

TaylorMade P-UDI 3-iron – 20°

TaylorMade P-UDI 4-iron – 22°

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Collin Morikawa WITB 2024 (April)

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 LS (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 60 TX (45 inches)

3-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P770 (4), P7MC (5-6), P730 (7-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Mid 115 X100 (4-6), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (7-PW)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 (50-SB09, 56-LB08), TaylorMade MG4 TW (60-TW11)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade TP Soto
Grip: SuperStroke Zenergy Tour 2.0

Grips: Golf Pride Z-Grip Cord

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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