With a single low-bend shaft crafted to promote enhanced toe flow with forgiveness, the Phantom X 7.5 employs a raised center flange offering a continuous, connected surface accented with neon yellow alignment cues from the leading edge through the back flange. Also available in a left-handed model.
Inspired by touring professionals seeking a putter with simple visual cues and a continuous transition from leading edge through the back flange, the Phantom X 8 is a sleek, near-face balanced mallet with a single mid-bend shaft. Milled sight dots and neon yellow sight lines perfectly frame the golf ball for seamless alignment without distractions.
Differing from the Phantom X 8 only in shaft bend length and increased toe hang, the Phantom X 8.5 offers players an unbroken, sculpted flange from the putter’s leading edge through the back flange with a single low-bend shaft to promote a slightly arced putting stroke. Alignment is easy with bright visual cues.
With swept-back wings precision milled from 303 stainless steel, this near-face balanced, high-MOI mallet with a single mid-bend shaft employs the continuous alignment features of the Phantom X line’s full leading-edge-to-flange construction – crafted from aircraft grade aluminum, anodized black and accented with neon yellow sight cues. The ultimate in technology, stability, and forgiveness.
I think that the X12 will likely be the model that grabs the most attention. It’s the most out there of the designs, and with that distinction, it’s likely to generate the most love and hate. Looking at that photo below from the Cameron Instagram feed, you can immediately see how the aluminum and stainless frame the putter at address. I’m sure that there will be some grumblings about the yellow alignment lines, but if you are looking for a high-contrast color scheme, yellow and black is the way to go.
I like that Scotty double milled the alignment dots to make a little silver ring around the colored dots. They could have just filled them in all of the way, losing that silver ring in the process. I know that it’s a silly notion, but that little silver ring makes the putter look more like a precision instrument to me. A bit like the perimeter ring on a watch face. If it was just a solid yellow dot, I don’t think that it would have the same impact.
In addition to the yellow accents, the aluminum body of the X12 (and the X7) creates a big T alignment scheme. For some golfers, this T will likely be the only thing that they focus on at address, ignoring the stainless wings altogether. Others may stare down at the head and have no idea where to focus; be it big T, wings, lines, or dots.
Like I said, the Phantom X12, and its unique elements will evoke both loving and loathing. As for why there’s not a X12.5, your guess is as good as mine, and yes, I want an X12.5 too!
Like many of you, I’d like to know a bit more about these new putters. What does “solid feedback, while preserving the soft feel players prefer” really feel like? How is it physically possible to have a finish that’s “radiant yet glare resistant“? What about the “sleek, ground-hugging contours that pleasingly angle away from the player to inspire confidence at address“? Cameron press release descriptions never fail to entertain me and foster my curiosity.
Unfortunately, that curiosity will persist for a few months. Like most of you, I have not had the opportunity to roll these putters, thus making first-hand observations impossible. Also like most of you, I’ll be in a shop somewhere on April 12th ready to see what the Phantom X line is really all about.
As you know from the article a few weeks back, Scotty Cameron, unfortunately, will not be participating in the Most Wanted testing this year. It seems crazy that one would release all of these mallets, and then not enter any of them in the testing. Maybe the April release date made entering them in time impossible. Even so, wouldn’t it be great for them to show that their new $429 mallet is actually a better performer than the competition? I know I’m curious about testing these against my gamer…