Looks vs results

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By BMaddigan

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  1. After 3 putting 2X in the first 4 holes of my quarter final match this year, I made a dramatic move and switched my Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Cameron and Crown to the Phantom X 5.5. I have been using Scotty blades for over 20 years. Previous to that I had a png Anser and a TM blade. As I have been hitting the ball further this year, I have been hitting more greens, but I also noticed my putts per round had climbed more often to 31 or 32 instead of previous year's number of 28 to 29. Weighing in the factor that I was having more birdie opportunities, I still felt I should be making more putts. Here's the thing: I love the look of the Scotty blades. It gave me great confidence. While I still managed to come back and win my quarter final match, I did not want to be playing catch up in the next one. Noticing that several pros had switched to a mallet putter, I decided to go all in and trade my Newport 2. It helped soften the blow of the price, and to use a metaphor from early explorers, I burned my boats on the shore so there was no turning back. Now, 4 months later, I can say it was the right move. The best thing I have found with the Phantom X is that I am putting more from off the green. The face stays square while cutting through the fringe, and while I don't keep stats on the closeness of lag putts during a round, I have noticed that I seem to have tap ins more times than not. Very few 3 putts. Percentage of putts made under 10 feet has also gone up. Conclusion, while the Phantom X is not as appealing look at, the results overwhelming point to this being the correct decision for me.

  2. Tom B

    Tom B
    Northborough, MA

    I've been a mallet man for many years. My go to has been a Scotty Red X circa 2004 for years. When it was misbehaving I had a California Del Mar that I won at a tourney a few years ago. It's a little heavier and I use it sometimes on slower greens. I did have a Pro though that said a long time ago...........If you have good putting basic techniques, you could putt with a 2 x 4. The problem is the 6 inches between our ears. The mind is a terrible thing to waste.
  3. My brother, who is not a good putter tells me I could putt with a hockey stick and still be good. That may be true, but I hate losing and I hate 3 putting. And I agree, it might be all in my head, but the mallet lets me feel that I am going to make everything once I get close to the green.
  4. Mike M

    Mike M
    Salem MA

    Me too! Scotty GoLo black.
  5. I've been a blade scotty for @ 20 years and when I was not playing very much I bought the 5MB Mid Mallet and putted lights out. But I just can't get used to the it looked so I bought the T22 Newport2 and been using it for the past 4-5 months I think. With some more practice and a slight change in my putter grip, back using the blade full time. So I say putt with the putter that makes you happier..
  6. The T22 is a beautiful putter, but if I keep knocking in almost everything with the mallet, I won't be changing. That, and I paid $100 for a new cover. The stock cover that comes with the Phantom putters is plain yellow. Boring and not very attractive for a Scotty. I now have a new Cash is King Camercon cover.

    The new 2020's Newports look really good too, and if I had unlimited funds, I would consider owning more than one.

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