One of the hotter trends in putters at the tail end of 2013 has been counterbalancing -- the idea of placing additional weight near the grip so as to allow for a better, more consistent stroke.
Titleist's Scotty Cameron line has introduced a counterbalanced version of its Futura X putter. Called the Futura X Dual Balance, the mallet-style putter has a standard length of 38 inches and a 15-inch grip with a 50-gram counterweight in the butt of the club to help reduce hand action in the stroke. The additional 3 inches on the grip allows for a pendulum-like motion of the counterweight in the stroke, while the player is to grip the club at the standard length of 35 inches.
The head of the putter has an additional 50 grams of heavy stainless in the milled 6061 aluminum head, with a total weight of 400 grams. A pair of 20-gram weights on the rear balance bar and two 10-gram sole weights in the front corners of the putter offer additional stability to prevent twisting and head movement at impact.
The aim of all of these features is to encourage players to have a slower, more consistent stroke.
“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 Cameron in a release. “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."
The putter is available now and retails for $399.