The Hug­gan In­ter­view: Hank Haney

The for­give­ness of a mal­let with the feel of a blade

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In­spired by Scotty Cameron’s work with play­ers on the world­wide pro­fes­sional tours, the Fu­tura 5.5M of­fers a new mal­let op­tion fea­tur­ing the align­ment and high-moi char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Fu­tura line cou­pled with a neck con­fig­u­ra­tion that pro­motes a flow­ing, arced putting stroke more com­monly as­so­ci­ated with blade style put­ters.

“The idea for the Fu­tura 5.5M be­gan as a pro­to­type when Justin Thomas came to the Put­ter Stu­dio look­ing for a new op­tion,” Scotty Cameron said. “He wanted a smaller mal­let that he could align eas­ily, but one that also pro­moted the arced putting stroke he pre­ferred. We welded a flare neck to a Fu­tura X5 Tour put­ter and sent him on his way. He went on to win three events, re­port­ing back that some

of his bud­dies wanted a put­ter like his. The wheels started turn­ing from there.

“In ad­di­tion to Justin’s visit, I’d also re­ceived re­quests for a smaller ver­sion of the Fu­tura 7M. So, in think­ing about this new en­try in the world of mal­let put­ters, I was able to blend my MOI and toe flow thoughts into this new model, the Fu­tura 5.5M. To achieve this, I cre­ated a leaned

over, stain­less steel half-neck spud off the topline that ac­cepts a sin­gle bend shaft. This is an el­e­gant way to give the player a full shaft of off­set and also of­fer a clean view of the en­tire lead­ing edge of the topline. The pro­por­tion is right. The weight is right. And now we have a mal­let with more toe flow for play­ers who like that arc­ing feel in their stroke, but want more for­give­ness.”

Fea­tures

The new Fu­tura 5.5M ex­tends the pop­u­lar Fu­tura line with a model de­signed for play­ers seek­ing a smaller mal­let with ad­di­tional toe flow and for­give­ness:

• The com­pact mal­let - about 10 per­cent smaller than the sim­i­larly shaped Fu­tura 7M - is de­signed for easy align­ment with built-in toe flow. • Shorter sin­gle bend shaft con­fig­u­ra­tion for ad­di­tional toe hang, pro­mot­ing an arced path and flow­ing putting stroke. • Multi-ma­te­rial tech­nol­ogy – fea­tur­ing wrap-around face-sole con­struc­tion milled from light­weight 6061 air­craft grade alu­minium, in­te­grated with pre­ci­sion-milled 303 stain­less steel – moves weight back and to the perime­ter, al­low­ing for a larger put­ter head with en­hanced high-moi per­for­mance (re­sis­tance to twist­ing dur­ing the stroke). • Tour-proven heel-and-toe sole weight­ing tech­nol­ogy in­creases sta­bil­ity and for­give­ness. • Mid-milled face with vi­bra­tion damp­en­ing tech­nol­ogy of­fers soft feel with 3.5 de­grees of loft to de­liver op­ti­mum roll char­ac­ter­is­tics

Scotty gave the Fu­tura line’s raw stain­less steel sur­faces a Sil­ver Mist fin­ish with a unique bead blast for a ra­di­ant, yet glare-re­sis­tant, ap­pear­ance. All alu­minium sole plates have been an­odized in black. Ad­di­tion­ally, the Tour-in­spired cos­met­ics dis­play the fa­mil­iar three bright translu­cent red dots in the back cav­ity with en­graved ty­pog­ra­phy be­fit­ting this mod­ern, high­per­for­mance line.

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