Scotty Cameron Phantom X Putters Review

Joel Tadman tests out the new Phantom X putters released by Scotty Cameron.

Scotty Cameron Phantom X Putters Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

These elegant putters will mostly suit current mallet users, those with straighter strokes or golfers that prioritise a forgiving, stable clubhead that is easy to align. They will also unquestionably add a touch of class to any bag.

Reasons to buy
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    Less address footprint

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    Firm, stable feel and premium aesthetics

Reasons to avoid
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    Loud 'ping' sound at impact

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Scotty Cameron Phantom X Putters Review

This popular mallet range was recently extended with the launch of the Phantom X 11.5 model and this certainly enhances the offering. It is undoubtedly more traditional in looks - gone is the yellow color scheme and in comes a white sightline on a black flange, making alignment easer to see.

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11 Putter

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The squat mallet shape is also very appealing - it is large enough to offer great stability without looking or feeling cumbersome. Performance wise, this putter is excellent. It was consistent from long range and short putts fell in with regularity, just because of how well balanced the overall design was and the resulting timing we were able to achieve.

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11 Putter

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We also really enjoyed the stock pistol grip, which is thicker at the top to sit in your hands more comfortably and encourage better control of pace and the face.

If you're looking for a premium-looking mallet that performs, the Scotty Cameron 11.5 is one of the best putters out there right now.

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11 Putter

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2020 Scotty Cameron Phantom X Putters Review

Crafted from the best materials with the attention to detail you expect from Scotty Cameron, the Phantom X mallet range really is a thing of beauty. There are nine different head-shape and shaft-bend options to choose from, each offering something a little different depending on your visual preferences and stroke type.

We naturally gravitated towards the .5 models, which have a lower shaft bend that provides a little more toe hang. This helps ease the transition from a blade-style putter.

 The other helping hand comes from the fact these putters are a little smaller than you expect, especially compared with the oversized Futura range, without seemingly any drop off in forgiveness.

You’ll notice the loud, high-pitched ‘ping’ at impact. This is a result of the very shallow face milling and might not be to everyone’s taste. The milling pattern also contributes to what is quite a firm yet responsive feel.

The #5.5 is the smallest in the range and is ideal for those who don’t want to be bombarded with sightlines. The all-black top of the #8.5 (right), with its long, neon yellow sightlines, not only helps frame the ball but also lets you see the path of your stroke.

In terms of looks and overall performance, though, it was the #12 model that really stood out. It felt the most stable and the smoothest overall.

The new Pistolero Plus grips are still quite slim but do have less taper at the bottom to create more even grip pressure across both hands. There are five different grip options available

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x