By E. Michael Johnson
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Four new additions to the Phantom X line include revamped Phantom X 5 and 5.5 models along with two new compact “wingback” mallets in the Phantom X 11 and 11.5. Each new putter in the line uses a solid, precision-milled 303 stainless steel face and body, married to a 6061 aircraft grade aluminum sole and flange component along with customizable sole weights, stepless steel shafts and a larger, less-tapered Pistolero Plus grip that promotes balance and consistency in the stroke.
PRICE: 465 / £389
THE DEEP DIVE: Even during a pandemic, Scotty Cameron continues to communicate with tour players on what they like and what they don’t in putters. Sometimes the result is nothing more than a one-off creation, such as the one he made for Charley Hoffman, which required a little more rounding off to suit Hoffman’s eye. Then there’s the new Phantom X 5.5 mallet, which had tour players asking for it so often it has now become one of four new putters Cameron is adding to the Phantom X line along with a revamped Phantom X 5, 11 and 11.5 models.
While the 5.5 is based off Thomas’ putter, it is not an exact replica (which the company did with its limited-run JT putter). “When we did the JT model, we welded the neck exactly like his,” said Cameron. “But that’s time-consuming and the welded neck is not as clean as a non-welded neck. It looks tour-like and has cool factor, but while noticeable, I would call it distracting. We cleaned that up to make it more pleasing to the eye.”
The neck Cameron refers to as a “jet neck,” because it looks like a jet taking off. The mid-section looks like a blade, but there are “wings” that continue past the sightline area, so it looks like a mallet, but plays like a blade because it’s not face balanced.
Each new putter in the line uses a solid, precision-milled 303 stainless steel face and body, married to a 6061 aircraft grade aluminum sole and flange component. While others use aggressive milling on the face or inserts to alter feel, the solid feel off a steel face still has its place.
“Golf balls change,” said Cameron. “We’ve had inserts before and when the golf balls were very firm, inserts seem to be more popular. We’re playing with sound and feel, which adds confidence. We also were one of the first to do a deep mill to achieve a softer feel. But we’re able to work with the Titleist golf ball guys and say, ‘Hey, where are we going with the hardness of the ball?” They’re now so dialed in and the ball is not as firm feeling as it once was so we no longer have to use an insert to get that feel.”
Each of the new Phantom X putters also incorporates the hallmark customizable sole weights, which are vital to getting players in the proper weight putter.
“In the old days I’d be on tour and have a roll of lead tape in my pocket,” said Cameron. “When you cut a putter from 35 to 34 inches, you lose about 6 swingweight points and without those weights, I’d be back using lead tape on the sole—which then raisea the putter sole off the ground and changes the impact point because you would need five strips of tape to do the job. Using the weights allows us to properly adjust for the length and that allows us to dial in the swingweight while keeping the shaft active. If we went from 35 to 33 and didn’t change the weight, it not only gets too light, the shaft gets too stiff. All that affects the rhythm and timing of the stroke.”
Along with the 5.5, the line includes a re-designed Phantom X 5 model—a revamped mid-mallet with a slightly more compact profile and wingback shape than its predecessor. The putter is nearly face balanced with a single-bend shaft. The sightline has darker alignment features in the flange to simplify setup and increase confidence.
Two completely new models, the 11 and 11.5, also have been added to the lineup. Both are compact “wingback” models with the 11 featuring a mid-bend shaft to minimize face rotation during the stroke and a raised single sight line in light gray. The 11.5 has a low-bend shaft to enhance toe flow and a raised single sight line in light gray. Although the smaller mallets are slightly less forgiving, Cameron says it is a tradeoff worth making.
“How much forgiveness do you really need for a putter?” said Cameron. “You can make it super big and get great MOI numbers, but no one’s going to want to use it. These are pleasing to the eye, sound and feel great and still have more than enough forgiveness for a putter. The MOI penalty is negligible.”
All four of the new putters feature stepless steel shafts and a larger, less-tapered Pistolero Plus grip that promotes balance and consistency in the stroke. There are other things, however, that makes these putters distinctly Cameron’s.
WHAT TITLEIST HAVE TO SAY: Drawing on his extensive experience with golf’s greatest players, Scotty Cameron has bolstered the high-tech Phantom X family with four new tour-inspired setups.
The updated Phantom X 5 and Phantom X 5.5 replace current in-line models, while the new, compact wingback mallets, Phantom X 11 and Phantom X 11.5 add new options engineered for performance.
Available in Titleist authorised retailers worldwide from March 26th, the new Phantom X putters are inspired by the designs that Master Putter Maker Scotty Cameron has crafted for tour players around the globe. All four putters feature solid stainless-steel faces and bodies with new shapes and neck configurations.
The Phantom X 5 and Phantom X 5.5 models have been completely revamped and replace the current putters as a rolling change. The new Phantom X 11 and Phantom X 11.5 were developed based on player requests for a slightly smaller setup in the spirit of the Phantom X 12 and 12.5 models.
SCOTTY CAMERON SAID: “Working with our game’s best players gives me great perspective into what they are looking for in a mallet putter. From the types of metals used to the subtle changes in shaft bends, these new Phantom X models offer brand new, highly requested options that build on our most popular models from 2020. I’ve had so many people asking for a putter like Justin Thomas’ gamer - and the Phantom X 5.5 is my direct answer. It has a solid 303 stainless steel face and body with aluminium in the sole and a small slant or ‘jet’ neck for more toe flow.
“For less toe flow, we have the Phantom X 5 with the single bend shaft. With the Phantom X 11 and 11.5, I was able to design a more compact wingback mallet with a stainless-steel face in conjunction with 6061 aircraft aluminium for a look and feel that just performs while being very stable and forgiving. This line extension adds four new options that will most definitely pique the interest of mallet players.”
2021 PHANTOM X LINE EXTENSION TECHNOLOGY: An integration of steel and aluminium, each new Phantom X putter created for the line was engineered specifically with a solid, precision-milled 303 stainless steel face and body, expertly fused with a 6061 aircraft grade aluminium sole/flange component:
• SOLID STAINLESS-STEEL FACE/BODY CONSTRUCTION: Precision milled in the United States from a block of solid 303 stainless steel, each new Phantom X putter (5, 5.5, 11, 11.5) was designed with a solid stainless-steel face that is carried through to the body/wings and integrated with an aluminium sole/flange component for performance and playability with consistent sound and soft feel.
• TOUR-INSPIRED SHAPES: Each new Phantom X setup evolved from player input specifically related to the line’s most popular models – the Phantom X 5 and Phantom X 12 – with requests for more compact overall head sizes, refined swept-back wings and more tour-like configurations inspired by the design of those mallets.
• NEW NECK/SHAFT CONFIGURATIONS: The Phantom X 5 and Phantom X 11 were designed with a stepless steel shaft engineered to minimise face rotation during the putting stroke by incorporating a single “mid-bend” aimed directly down the target line. The Phantom X 5.5 employs the small slant neck made famous on tour with its seamless shaft-over configuration. The Phantom X 11.5 has a stepless steel shaft with a single “low-bend” aimed down the target line to promote an arc path for more toe flow or a more “blade-like” feel in the putting stroke.
2021 PHANTOM X LINE EXTENSION NEW MODELS: The new additions to the Phantom X line offer golfers the choice of two compact mallet model shapes, each with two specific neck/shaft configurations:
• Phantom X 5: Going well beyond an update, Scotty completely re-designed the new Phantom X 5. A solid precision milled 303 stainless steel face is carried through to the body and wings and integrated with an aluminium sole component and stainless-steel sole weights. This revamped mid-mallet is reminiscent of past Futura models with its slightly more compact profile and wingback shape. Configured to be nearly face balanced, this tour-proven model with its single bend shaft and sight line on the topline, has also been crafted with darker alignment features in the flange to simplify setup and increase confidence.
• Phantom X 5.5: Inspired by Justin Thomas’ tour setup, the new Phantom X 5.5 replaces its predecessor and includes the small slant neck inspired by JT’s configuration, as well as the same overall sizing and material makeup. Designed to promote subtle toe flow with stability, it has a milled sight line on the topline. The solid face/body is precision milled 303 stainless steel integrated with an aluminium sole/flange component and customisable stainless steel sole weights. Available in both right and left-handed.
• Phantom X 11: The new Phantom X 11 shares design similarities with the wingback Phantom X 12 and new Phantom X 5, yet provides a new option in compact, performance-oriented mallets. Its solid face/body is precision milled from 303 stainless steel and integrated with an aluminium sole component for optimal weight distribution, balance and feel. With its sleek profile and swept-back trimmed wings, the new Phantom X 11 has a clean topline and provides darker visual alignment cues from address with its misted back flange milling and raised single sight line in light grey. Phantom X 11 has a mid-bend shaft to minimise face rotation during the stroke and customisable stainless steel sole weights.
• Phantom X 11.5: Identical to the Phantom X 11, except for its shaft configuration, the new Phantom X 11.5 adds another compact mallet option to the high-tech Phantom X line. The low-bend shaft enhances toe flow, while stability is provided via the new solid face/body, precision milled from 303 stainless steel and integrated with an aluminium sole/flange component. With its sleek profile and swept-back trimmed wings, the new Phantom X 11.5 has a clean topline and provides darker visual alignment cues from address with its misted back flange milling and raised single sight line in light grey. With customisable stainless steel sole weights, Phantom X 11.5 provides optimal weight distribution, balance and feel.
PHANTOM X WEIGHTING & SHAFTS: Each new Phantom X putter features advanced stability weighting with two customisable stainless steel heel-toe weights and stepless steel shafts.
FINISH & GRAPHICS: Each new Phantom X model’s stainless steel putter head components have been misted for a radiant, yet glare-resistant appearance. The 6061 aircraft grade aluminium components have been misted and anodised black. Scotty’s familiar three-dot theme carries through to the back cavities of the Phantom X 5 and 5.5, as unpainted, raw circles milled into the stainless steel. The sight lines on the Phantom X 5 and 5.5 are painted black, while sight lines on the Phantom X 11 and 11.5 models are accented in light grey.
AVAILABILITY: The new Scotty Cameron Phantom X putter models will be available in Titleist authorised retailers worldwide from March 26th.
SRP €465 / £389