Scotty Cameron Futura X7M Putter Review

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The Scotty Cameron Futura X7M putter is essentially a larger version of the Futura X5.  Hardly an original design, but a high quality option for the mallet player nonetheless.

Introduction

The putter world, like most of the golf industry, can be traditional to a fault.  Look at the putters that are in play on tour or at your local course, and you’ll see the same thing you would have seen ten or twenty years ago: loads of Anser and Anser 2 putters.  The only new design that’s really made an impact in the last decade is Odyssey’s #7.

With so many players flocking to that head shape, it’s natural that other makers would imitate.  Scotty Cameron’s first attempt, the Futura X5, was successful enough that he’s now back with the Scotty Cameron Futura X7M putter.  While not a pure #7 knock off – it’s actually an imitation of Odyssey’s Jailbird – it does bring the Cameron aesthetic to players who want a stable mallet.

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Looks

At first glance, the Scotty Cameron Futura X7M putter is just a larger version of the Futura X5, but a closer look will reveal a number of subtle changes.  First, of course, there’s the “bar-back” (players who don’t like this can opt for the Futura X7).  There are also numerous changes to the alignment aids.  The X7M has a sight line on the top line which the X5 did not.  It also has dual white sight lines that will frame the ball.

For me, the biggest aesthetic upgrade is the smoother look.  The Futura X5 has two black lines that ran parallel to the face and divided the putter into thirds from front to back.  This gave it a very choppy look which I found surprising in a Cameron.  The X7M, despite the multi-material construction and abundance of lines, has a cleaner look more in keeping with Cameron’s reputation.

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Sound & Feel

Players who have used any of Cameron’s “face-sole technology” putters will know exactly what to expect from the Scotty Cameron Futura X7M.  The feel off the aluminum face is much more crisp and lively than an insert, but it’s one of the softest feelings you will get from a metal face.  The feedback is good, but it’s not as pronounced due to the high MOI.

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Performance

The main attraction of a large mallet is forgiveness, and the Scotty Cameron Futura X7M putter certainly delivers on that front.  There’s very minimal twisting, even on exaggerated mishits, and the ball gets to the cup whether you strike it pure or not.  The X7M is a face-balanced putter with a full shaft of offset, and it’s important to make sure that fits your stroke before you take the $380 plunge.  You can custom order the weight and length you desire, but, unless you’re a tour pro, those are your only fitting options.

For players that want even more stability and weight, Cameron is offering a Dual Balance model of the Futura X7M.  This longer (38″) putter adds 100 grams – 50 in the head and 50 in the shaft – to create a counter balanced feel.

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Conclusion

There’s no need to wait for the third time to be the charm, Cameron’s second effort at reproducing Odyssey’s #7 putter hits the mark.  With significantly upgraded aesthetics, quality feel, and the forgiveness that mallet players want, the Scotty Cameron Futura X7M putter is the high-end option that #7 fans have been waiting for.

Matt Saternus
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3 Comments

  1. John Holbrook

    I just bot a Futura X7M on Saturday. The ball has a very soft feel
    when it leaves the putter, very stable. I had just 29 putts yesterday
    its worth the dough.

  2. The scotty Cameron Futura X7 by far the best feel putter from all 15 putters that I own. From eye to putter alignment, balance, and soft feel is just awesome. The weight of the putter just give you the smooth follow through. I say it is a good investment if you love to golf.

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