The level 98 Phantom X is absolutely rapier, deadly-fantastic and anyone saying it otherwise is probably not qualified to use it, because they just don't have either the 'eye-in' or the tools to see properly, but when you can see then you will know.
If you can't perform at a high enough level you won't see any of the extra welly it has anyway - a farmer can drive a tractor but you wouldn't put him in an F1 race-car to show him the added benefits of handling and performance would you? And that is a very good analogy - it's for advanced players eeking out every extra ounce of performance, not some middle-laner doing 50mph, you already have to be straining the equipment you have to its very limit to justify buying it, otherwise - no point.
What people may be experiencing is the 'warming up' period of any new piece of equipment - this is due to the way VEM operates, there is a module that adapts to user performance, and with any new piece of equipment it will need a gestation period to come up to speed with your true ability. This is explained very well in one of young46's tubes and is the reason why I am selective in when I use my Phantom X.
I have 3 gears or levels to which I can play: top, middle and low spec, and that depends on the game at hand, for instance I wouldn't consider using my quantized break method in a clash/ club game, I wouldn't even use the formula in club games, not even a fast formula method, there I go for 'aiming points' and Tekoma methods (to suppliment my own judgement), which are fast but effective for casual play....but I wouldn't want to contaminate my Phantom X's performance module by playing it any less than high spec (and occasionally middle spec), that's why you see my equipment rack change a lot.
The forgiveness of the Phantom X is already noticeable indeed over my Max, I just know that putts are going in off-ding for a dinged read that the Max just wouldn't be able to cope with. That is because I know my read is 100% right - because i have laffer with snead-linear and the formula fine tuned, quantized break, putting power fine tuned - I know my offset is exactly right so I can 'see' the forgiveness when I miss the ding and the ball goes in, it's not a case that I got the offset wrong in the first place and the missed ding corrected for it - do you see??
The accuracy improvements will transpire in time as I further mesh the gears on this supreme putter but at first it is the forgiveness you will notice and it is the cream of the cake!!
The last thing to say is that you don't get used to the putter/ equipment - it gets used to you!!! The AI is very sophisticated and YOU are only a part of IT'S chain, you are not THE prime module believe it or don't but that's accurate. Once the AI/ performance module acclimatizes to your skill level you will feel a sudden release in performance, and it is this that 'you' perceive as 'getting used to/ to grips with it' - in truth it is 'it' getting to grips with you - that's the way around it is with AI, it is astonishing and phenomenal and many here won't like that and reject that notion - in that case you are wrong and living in times beyond your own permitted allowances - cognitive dissonance/ out of touch.
Just to add here that a good example of seeing the A.I evaluating you is at the end of CTTH games when you get those pop up screens that kindly inform you what your best potential score is for that particular CTTH, the A.I is getting to grips with your performance and making predictions in much the same way - say it is combined with a clubs forgiveness it may roll a virtual dice (random number generator), and declare that if the number comes out below a certain figure (maybe a product of the clubs forgiveness rating and your adjudged ability in the form of some number/ metric), it will declare that under most circumstances an error of such magnitude can be 'forgiven' and really the ball went in the cup.... this does lead to the idea that your scores are already pre-determined and that the game is playing itself, this is something some of the best all-time players in this game have rejected and sadly walked away as a result - and we all get that feeling at some stage and it is up to us personally whether we accept it or we walk.
But anyone considering the Phantom X - don't be dissuaded by some of the naive comments written above here - especially this moaner above, he's an 'easy tee legend' not even a fake champion, his view should be taken with a pinch of salt because he isn't qualified to use the Phantom X and doesn't know what he's talking about - damning judge deena!!
It really is the best of the best and I bought it myself with my own winnings - that's because I don't need anyone and I've got money.
Notice and Disclaimer:
*** I have BBK'd him just to make sure he doesn't come back with something in his ignorance that I might find antagonizing, I do this to everybody I even suspect might land me in hot water these days. That's because I am a premium level performer now and y'know some people just get jealous and try all manner of baiting tactic when they know how good I have become, even some established top-rank have deployed this tactic because even they know it's coming - they are all going on my belt and some can't seem to face up to this inevitable fact. BBK = banned (from my wall), blocked (on the forums) and kicked (out of my life - in the event we are in contact on social media, email they will find I have burned all those bridges too, forever). Even close or long term friends will receive this treatment now - if I even raise an eyebrow in annoyance that's it because I don't need long term or close friends either - I don't need anyone, just myself, my very near-to-supreme skills over absolutely anybody in this game, and of course 'the money'***
- very close to becoming the best player in the game bar nobody now, I think it could be as early as spring 2020 let's say. Just a few minor adjustments have been made or as I call it 'preening the machine' - the putting model on laffer basically, it is now tuned to what I would consider to be 'gobsmacking'. It can handle almost every type of putt from any distance, elevation, camera angle - the current tuning has never demonstrated such supremacy before and I am considering marching straight in to the top tier with it instead of milking legend for as long as possible - that's how confident I am with the new arrangement and it is going to cream a lot of the top rank!!!!
already making an impression.....
A few proverbial rats under the boot there, wait until Spring with the M5, I'm going straight back to Legend of course - I like the money there and as I say on my profile - I don't need 'em, this was simply a case of popping my head round the corner to say 'helllllooo, don't forget me will you!!!' I don't need 'em but that ain't an excuse because I am scared or running away from 'em and this is a nice proof of that. I've got no fear or respect for any of them - apart from young46 who lets me on his channel and always says hello back y'know, but the rest are garbage who need collecting as far as I am concerned.
It also says "don't mock me, don't laugh - it sounds like B.S but I am serious" - I'm close to becoming the best player in WGT land.