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The Scotty Cameron Futura 5CB putter is a classic mid-mallet with a small cavity back. Slight toe hang and better feel than the Futura 5MB.
Scotty Cameron’s Futura putters are most commonly associated with his more radical designs, from the original Futura to the modern versions with long flanges and adjustable weights.
In his latest Futura line, he’s dedicated two models to throwback styles, the 5CB, seen here, and the 5MB. I tested the 5CB to see if modern construction methods could breathe new life into this classic design.
Where the Futura 5MB is extremely plain at address, the Futura 5CB has a lot going on. In truth, the only difference is the black cavity badge, but that one change flips this putter from classic to modern.
The two putters do share a round shape, mid-mallet size, and single top-line alignment line. The black aluminum face/sole plate contrasts with the stainless steel body.
Sound & Feel
My expectation was that the Futura 5CB would feel harsh like the Futura 5MB. In irons, muscle backs almost always feel better than cavity backs. However, in this case, the CB feels much better than the MB.
The sound of impact is lower pitched and richer than on the MB. This leads to a feel in the hands that’s robust and premium.
On the negative side, I found the audio feedback to be inconsistent. Mishits feel dull sometimes, but other times feel nearly identical to pure strikes. I’ve found this inconsistency to be typical in Cameron’s multi-material constructions.
In irons, the difference between the forgiveness of a muscle back and a cavity back can be huge. In the case of Scotty Cameron’s Futura 5CB vs. the 5MB, the difference is barely noticeable. Thanks to the aluminum sole plate and face, there is more weight on the putters perimeter which enhances its stability. However, if you’re looking for a putter to negate anything more than a tiny mishit, this is not the one.
It is worth noting that the Futura 5CB is not face balanced like most mallets. The toe hangs to approximately 3:30, so it’s not set up for the dramatically arcing stroke, but it does accommodate some arc.
After being a bit disappointed with the Futura 5MB, my expectations for the 5CB were not high, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found the feel significantly richer, and I enjoyed the extra forgiveness that I got compared to my normal blade putters. If you’re looking for a traditional mallet with a little toe hang, this is worth a roll.